In business for over five years, Anita Clemens focuses on capturing not only the beautiful details at your wedding, but also the stories, relationships, and moments that naturally occur on that day. She captures both lovely details and authentic moments beautifully. Her biggest passions are photography and serving people well, so I have no doubt she’ll make your wedding day extra special, capturing beautiful images along the way.
MORE ABOUT ANITA
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
My company is Anita Clemens Photography and I’ve been in business for around five years focusing on weddings for the past three. I actually started taking photos about 7 years ago with Santa in the mall. I also do family portraits, grad sessions, and baby photography.
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
I’ve been told my style is crisp and bright so I guess that sets me apart from some. I’ve tried other styles but they are not for me.
Couples should hire me because I really am passionate about what I do and I think I am good at it. I want the best product possible for my client. If they are not happy, I’m not happy.
What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client is fun and likes to laugh. They value their wedding photos as much as I do. They want their photos taken.
How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? Do you tell the whole story of the day?
I am a lifestyle photographer. I let the day flow and photograph what I see. But I also will direct some of the photography to make sure the couple is getting the best photographs possible.
I would say I am definitely laid back but will step up when something needs to get done. I actually physically move people into position when they just aren’t getting it. They seem okay with it and actually encourage it haha.
I definitely photograph the whole day. I want to tell the entire story through photographs so years from now they can look back and be taken to their wedding day like it was yesterday. I’m usually with the bride from the time she is getting her hair done until the dancing during the reception.
How do you make Brides and Grooms feel relaxed in front of the camera?
People tell me all the time how relaxing it is to work with me. I am just myself and what my couple’s to be themselves as well. We are constantly laughing and that’s when you get the best photos.
What trends when it comes to wedding photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
The majority of brides are using Pinterest these days to inspire them on what they want for their wedding day. They are coming up with great ideas for wedding party photos and beautiful visions for decorating venues.
A lot of couples are opting for a first look before the ceremony and I am thrilled when they tell me they are doing this. It frees up time after the ceremony and everybody can ease into the supper and reception.
What is your favorite thing about weddings in The Maritimes?
The scenery is breathtaking first of all and the people are amazing. It’s like you are part of the family when photographing a wedding here.
Which wedding venues in The Maritimes do you love and why?
I’ve only shot in Cape Breton thus far but I do have some favorites. The Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion in Sydney is beautiful. The lighting is awesome and it’s intimate. For the same reasons, I love the Ben Eoin Marina. Plus it has beautiful grounds. I am also a huge fan of small, elegant weddings on the beach or by a lake.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding photographer?
Do your research. Find the right photographer who suits the style you are going for. Also, sometimes you get what you pay for. Invest a little money so you get a photographer that gives you the best photographs possible. Interview the photographers you are interested in to find one that is a perfect fit for you.
Also, word of mouth is really important around here. Ask your friends who their photographer was and how they got along the day of their wedding.
Quick! Give us an answer for our lightning round questions…
Favorite wedding flower?
Favorite first dance song you’ve heard?
Hmmm, that’s a hard one. I guess any song that makes people cry.