Elisabeth loves telling stories, and she does just that through her beautiful and intimate images of your wedding day. She captures the sweet details and the real, genuine moments so beautifully! Her desire to make sure that you look and feel your best and her hands on approach makes stunning photographs that are sure to be cherished for years to come.
MORE ABOUT ELISABETH
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
My name is Elisabeth Breckenridge and I am the photographer at Lacewood Studios Photography: Fine Art and Lifestyle Wedding and Birth Photography, based out of Moncton, NB. At Lacewood Studios, it is my passion to capture the art of life as it happens. I strive to capture photos that are genuine, beautiful and creative.
I first became interested in Photography at a young age and saved up all of my money from my first job in order to buy a 35mm film SLR camera. I would go for long walks alone, and take photos of myself gazing off into the distance. One day while living overseas, I was approached by a young couple on the recommendation of my music teacher and asked to photograph their wedding. It was such an amazing experience, that I have been shooting weddings every year since then. I’ve come a long way since those first weddings over a dozen years ago, refining my abilities and my style. I have photographed weddings in three different countries, and countless different cities around the world.
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
Fine art photography is about capturing photos that are creative and beautiful, without being trendy or common. During the portrait portion of a wedding day, I give plenty of direction to the couple, to all the family and the entourage. As a Lifestyle photographer as well, I love to capture those real, genuine moments of a wedding day; the preparations, the ceremony, and reception. Unlike documentary style photojournalism, I’m not afraid to jump in to make sure you look your best. It’s the perfect marriage of both worlds: art and real life.
As a seasoned wedding photographer, I bring a lot of experience to a wedding that goes beyond pictures. This is your big day, and I am determined to help you enjoy it in every way possible. I consider myself your personal advocate. I have found myself offering assistance with everything from planning, flower arranging, emergency sewing of bride’s dresses, fixing disastrous hair problems, and helping unhappy flower girls.
What is your ideal client like?
I get so excited whenever people come to me who are creative and adventurous. I’ve always been somewhat of a bohemian hippie chick, so I love working with couples who want to do things a little differently, and who aren’t afraid to deviate from the beaten trail. (And I mean that literally. The best photos come from the most unique and unknown places.) When you’re enthusiastic about your photos, it just fuels my fire.
How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? Do you tell the whole story of the day?
I shoot both Lifestyle and Fine Art during a wedding. For most of your day, I follow you around to capture those moments as they happen, telling the story of your whole event. I won’t ask you to pose and pretend, but I will step in and move the garbage can from behind you out of the shot, for example. Then, when the time comes for portraits, I use my strong voice to direct your family. After I take a shot, I am happy to let all your aunts and uncles and friends take their own pictures with their phones 🙂 After that, it’s time for photos with the wedding party. But my favorite part of the day by far is when I steal away with the Bride and Groom, just the three of us, with no distractions or audience, to get those gorgeous shots of the two of you. This part of the day is always the most relaxed, the most intimate, and very memorable.
How do you make Brides and Grooms feel relaxed in front of the camera?
Feeling comfortable in front of the camera does not come naturally to most people. Helping you feel relaxed on your big day starts before the wedding day itself, with an engagement session. This gives you the opportunity to see how I work and gives you a taste of what to expect on your day. It also allows me to get to know you better, your personalities, how you will react and what looks best on you. I’ll give you all the direction and encouragement you need to help you look and feel your best.
What trends when it comes to wedding photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
It’s all about Romance! Couples really want to showcase the connection between them in a way that reflects who they are.
What is your favorite thing about weddings in The Maritimes?
The Maritimes have lots of diverse scenic areas for photos, plenty of rivers, forests, and ocean beaches, as well as great urban areas. Maritime couples are equally diverse, but generally laid back and love to celebrate with friends and family.
Which wedding venues in The Maritimes do you love and why?
I have a few favorites. I love shooting at the Cocoa Room in Riverview – it has great light, and can be decorated to look either very elegant or very rustic, however you prefer. I’ve also had a very enjoyable wedding reception at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. It’s perfect for intimate weddings as it’s a little smaller, and offers nice architectural features as well as art work. There are so many great locations in New Brunswick, I am always excited when I get to travel for weddings and find some place new!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding photographer?
My advice to future brides and grooms is: Find a professional, someone who has experience with weddings specifically. I’ve seen firsthand all the heartache caused by well-intentioned but inexperienced ‘wedding photographers.’ A professional wedding photographer always has backup plans, backup photographers, and backup equipment so you’re never left high and dry. Next, find someone whose style and photos you love. Every photographer sees the world differently, so be sure you like their work. But most of all, find someone you are comfortable with. Your wedding photographer will be with you during some very intimate moments during your day, so you want someone you get along well with.
Quick! Give us an answer for our lightning round questions…
Favorite wedding flower?
Ranunculus. (I even love how it sounds). I also love succulents and hypericum berries and lots of greens.
Favorite first dance song you’ve heard?
I heard a beautiful acoustic version of “Whole Wide World” by Wreckless Erik, played by the best man. It was so captivating. I love anything that is unique and personal to a couple.