Weddings Magazine – Get to Know Your WM Pro: Photographer Kate Pope
Every photographer is unique in their own right and Kate Pope is no exception. With an eye for capturing the perfect shots and the knowledge and experience to create wedding masterpieces, Kate has turned what started out as a passion into her life’s work. Kate’s bubbly personality and seasoned skill set, undoubtedly makes her one of North Carolina’s premiere wedding photographers and a Weddings Magazine Favorite!
WM: What are some of your specialties when it comes to wedding photography?
KP: Hmm…specialties. I love finding (or creating) beautiful light during the wedding day that allows me to make unique, dynamic and beautiful wedding day portraits for the couple. Also, I love the beauty of brilliant, natural color in images and choose to deliver the majority of my images in color for that reason. I do deliver some black and white images, but I choose those images strategically when I feel the color detracts from the impact of the moment being photographed. And, finally, I love to find unique ways to frame an otherwise predictable scene – I find myself shooting through the leaves of bushes, between bricks of a wall or something equally ridiculous at just about every wedding or engagement session.
WM: What made you want to become a photographer and what do you love about photographing weddings?
KP: Photography was always a hobby of mine, but I didn’t consider it as a career path until I found myself working a corporate job that I disliked. I began searching for a way to feed my creativity that I felt had stagnated while working 9-5 in an office all day. I picked up my camera again — this time with earnest — and started photographing children and families on weekends and obsessively educating myself and dreaming about making this creative passion a “real” job. I began photographing weddings a few years later with some reservations given the level of responsibility and pressure that comes with photographing such an important day in a couple’s life. Nonetheless, after the first wedding, I was hooked. I love being granted the privilege of documenting the most intimate moments of a couple’s wedding day, and being able to give them a vehicle by which they can share their love story with their friends, family and children for years to come. As a wedding photographer — and photographer in general — I love creating this legacy for a family.
WM: What advice do you have for brides and grooms when shooting?
KP: Relax, have fun, be silly and most importantly, trust me.
WM: How long have you been a photographer?
KP: 7 years professionally, I think, but I’m starting to lose count!
WM: What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
KP: “You’re our photographer for life.” The biggest compliment is when a client continues to trust you to photograph the milestones in their life — engagement, wedding, first baby, second baby . . . you get the idea!
WM: Where are you from and what do you love most about shooting in NC?
KP: Oddly enough, this is always a difficult question for me to answer. Thanks to my father’s job, we moved around a fair amount while I was growing up, so I tell people I’m a mutt! I spent the least amount of time in the Nashville, TN area but still feel the greatest connection to that area. I’ve now lived the most (non-consecutive) years in North Carolina — but not always in the Triangle.
WM: What do you love about shooting North Carolina?
KP: I love making photos in North Carolina because we have so many different options with respect to landscape (i.e., beach, farms / fields, mountains, etc.) We also have a pretty temperate (albeit unpredictable) climate, which makes it possible to make outdoor photographs throughout most of the year.
WM: What is one of your most memorable wedding photography moments?
KP: Last year, I photographed a wedding during Hurricane Matthew. The venue where the wedding was meant to take place flooded and the event was cancelled just hours before the ceremony was supposed to begin. As soon as the news reached the couple’s families, they sprung into action and I watched as they transformed the lobby of the local Hampton Inn into a lovely, intimate ceremony / reception space so that the wedding could go on. Seeing everyone come together was really touching and a beautiful display of everyone’s love for the couple.
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