Brooke Lull is a talented wedding photographer located in the Shenandoah Valley. She took the time to sit down with us and answer a few of our questions.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in a small town just 40 miles west of DC- Redskins fan, here! I now reside in Inwood, WV with my husband and our almost two year old little girl, April. I am a stay-at-home mom. I enjoy weight training, chocolate, Mexican food, and a cozy night in with a movie or a mean game of “Word” on my iPad. I’m pretty simple, 🙂
2. When did you first become interested in photography?
I was always interested in photography as a young child. I took a photography course in high school, but it wasn’t until later down the road that I really pursued it as a hobby. 2010 was when I purchased my very first Nikon DSLR camera. I started using family and friends as models for practice, and pretty soon it turned into a passion which gave me the strong desire to learn more.
3. Did you always know you would want to be a wedding photographer? What did you start photographing first?
Not at all! Initially weddings scared me and I would shy away from them. In the beginning I did mostly portraits and family portraits for other people. It wasn’t until I started working as a 2nd shooter for another wedding photographer that I began to gain confidence and interest in that area of expertise.
4. How many years have you been in this industry?
Six years, while photographing weddings for three out of those years.
5. Does your personal wedding experience influence how you approach wedding photography?
I wouldn’t necessarily say my own personal experience does, but I find that my style plays a key factor in how I approach wedding photography. Also having the experience of witnessing and capturing so many different weddings gives you more insight on how to capture the day.
6. What is the most memorable wedding you have worked on? What made it special?
One of the most memorable weddings I can think of would probably be one that I captured in Morgantown, WV in 2016. I went to high school with the groom and I knew his family for many years as we all grew up in a small town. The groom’s mother had passed away from cancer a few years before and there were so many touching moments that took place in remembrance of the groom’s mother. I found myself in tears during the reception when it came time for the mother and son dance. The groom danced with his aunt to a song that had special meaning between him and his mother. Halfway through the song, all of the aunts came out on the dance floor and joined in. It was a very moving moment.
7. What is your favorite part of a wedding?
There are so many! Of course I love portrait time with the bride and groom because I love getting those beautiful images, but what I really love are the details and the candid moments. One of my favorite parts of the day is when they pronounce the bride and groom husband and wife because I love watching the reaction from the couple as they make their grand exit down the aisle. This is also when you get the best candid photos of the family and bridal party greeting the newlywed couple with hugs and a “congratulations!”
8. Do you ever get emotional while shooting a wedding?
Yes. I never used to, but ever since I had my daughter a couple years ago I have found that I can be a complete cry baby! The most emotional parts of the day for me is when the bride walks down the aisle to her groom and witnessing the first dances take place.
9. Do you have any personal advice or words of wisdom to the brides and grooms that are planning an engagement or wedding photo shoot and aren’t usually comfortable in front of a camera?
Just be yourself! You should not feel like you have to know what you are doing, that is my (the photographer’s) job! If you are uncomfortable in front of the camera then I strongly suggest having an engagement session done with your photographer before your big day so that it will help you get comfortable with each other. This is why I ALWAYS offer a complimentary engagement session with all my wedding packages!
10. What kind of couples do you usually work with?
Honestly, most of my couples have been laid back and super fun to work with! Anyone who knows me well knows that I can be silly, so I try to give off that vibe to make my couples feel like they can do the same! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some really sweet couples, with some I’ve even remained in touch with.
11. How would you describe your photography style to a bride?
Classic. Light & “airy.” A little bit of everything I love details, so my style is a little bit editorial as I like your photos to tell a story of your day. I will capture both posed and candid photos while offering most in color, with some in black & white.
Thank you so much for answering our questions Brooke! If you are interested in learning more, you can check out her beautiful website here.