The lady behind the lens of Geneviève Flynn Photography prides herself on capturing all of the intimacy, fun, and joy of your special day. In a natural way, Geneviève captures a wedding exactly as it unfolds, looking for all of the big, small, and in-between moments, and as for whatever makes your big day uniquely “you.” She knows there is something special about how each couple expresses their love and her goal is to capture those ways. For wedding day images that are timeless, light, romantic, and that highlight the love that is uniquely yours, look no further.
MORE ABOUT GENEVIEVE
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
My name is Geneviève (pronounced with a soft ‘juh-nuh-vee-eh-vuh’) and I started my company in 2011 after a year of maternity leave. I started like many ‘moms with a camera’, growing my business slowly through social media and word of mouth, but I am proud to have been in business full time for 5 years and to make my living solely from photography (mainly weddings, newborns and kids under 1 these days, though I’m expanding into boudoir this year, which makes me very excited!)
I am located in beautiful Norton, New Brunswick, whiFch puts me in a great spot geographically to shoot in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton (but I love to travel too, a wedding in Nova Scotia or PEI would be amazing!)
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
On a wedding day I aim to mix in classic shots with more intimate and/or fun images (depending on the couple), and I feel as though after 5 years of shooting and over 60 weddings, I have the experience needed for such an important event like a wedding. Couples should hire me because I am professional, experienced, organized, and will try to give them beautiful images no matter the circumstances. And I’m pretty friendly too.
What is your ideal client like?
To be honest I never really focused on having an ‘ideal client’ before, as I feel as though everyone deserves to have beautiful images on their wedding day; however, as time has gone on in my career I have been focusing on shooting more of what makes my heart truly happy, and to me, that means working with clients who enjoy the more ‘serious’ side of love (don’t get me wrong I love fun, happy couples too, but couples who are a bit sexy, who are into getting close together, who love beautiful light and who love dramatic, romantic portraits, those are my people!)
As for weddings, I love relaxed atmospheres, I love backyards, I love barns, I love rivers and beaches…I’m a country girl, so a bit of rustic with a bit of glitter will make me happy. And anything different, I think all photographers love a change of pace from time to time! Elopements, small weddings, ‘non-wedding’ weddings, it’s all about love!
How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? Do you tell the whole story of the day?
I try to keep my work as laid-back as possible; for most of the day I will just observe and shoot, but I will also intervene to make the scene as beautiful as possible without changing the reality of the situation (I’ll move the messy bags out of the way in the hotel room where you are getting your dress on, for example, but I won’t try to fake anything including moments.) For the portrait part of the wedding day I will definitely take charge (someone has to wrangle all those family members!) but will try to keep the atmosphere relaxed and fun (this will be achieved by going over the timeline and answering my questionnaire and meeting a few times before the big day). I help couples and the wedding party with poses but I also include a lot of candids, and at the reception I focus on moments more than anything else.
I aim to capture the whole story of the day mainly through moments and relevant details (I won’t include 50 shots of a landscape or a pretty door but I’ll take a photo of your cat with a bowtie on because I feel as though that will matter to you more in the end).
How do you make brides and grooms feel relaxed in front of the camera?
I try to get them to focus on each other; again, because I love romance and intimacy, I rarely have the couple look at me; interacting with each other will hopefully help them relax and enjoy their portrait time. I also try to give them something to do if they aren’t into just staring at each other, and I try to keep the mood light and interact with them as much as needed to keep the awkwardness down (I also shoot with a long lens which I find helps couples relax since I’m not right in their faces.)
What trends when it comes to wedding photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
I’m not one to keep up with trends really, but I’m noticing more First Looks, more evening weddings, more cocktail-type events, more late-night snack bars, more non-traditional head tables (as in the couple sits in with the guests), more slim lace dresses with sleeves, and more well-fitting suits (which is GREAT!) Mason jars and lace still seem to be going strong though!
What is your favorite thing about weddings in The Maritimes?
I love that the mood at most weddings is totally casual and laid-back, I love the variety of looks you can get depending on where you choose to have your wedding and at what time of year, I love the feeling of ‘home’ that everyone seems to have, even those who come back from away to get married, and I love that we have so many beautiful landscapes to choose from.
Which wedding venues in The Maritimes do you love and why?
I’ve shot most of my weddings in the Saint John (NB) area, but I love anything that is a bit different; Camp Glenburn or Ridgeback Lodge in Kingston are both perfect for casual, woodsy-inspired weddings, Shadow Lawn Inn in Rothesay is amazing for elegant, classic weddings, and really, some of my favourite weddings have been shot on family properties or camps or by the beach; we have so much natural beauty here I love it when clients take advantage!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding photographer?
Make sure to check out the photographer’s entire portfolio (ask to see a full wedding gallery if possible or at least make sure their work includes indoor and outdoor photos, reception images, images in churches, etc), book with someone who has shot in many different types of locations and settings, who is technically sufficient and who seems to match you style (either light and bright or dark and moody or full of posed portraits or totally candid documentary style). Make sure their work is consistent both in editing and in mood so that you know exactly what you will be getting. Find someone who can offer you the products you want (really, you want someone who offers product and who understands the importance of printed images!) Meet with them in person if possible, ask questions, see if they have a questionnaire (make sure they are interested in you!), and shop around a bit, a good photographer will not try to hard sell you but will encourage you to find just the right fit for your day (while secretly hoping you will choose them!)
Quick! Give us an answer for our lightning round questions…
Favorite wedding flower?
I’m a Fall girl 100% so anything that compliments the colours and mood of autumn are my favs (dahlias, ranunculuses, garden roses, etc). I also love non-traditional bouquet embellishments like berries, twigs, succulents, or wheat (again, anything Fall!)
Favorite processional song you’ve heard?
The one that makes me cry EVERY time it’s played is “Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. The sweeping crescendo, the lyrics, the piano, it’s perfect and it sets the mood for the ceremony.