Wedding Wednesday | Recommended Vendors | Photography by Tracie

If you're in need of a wedding photographer, I've got just the treat for you today! I'm so excited to share Tracie Smith, of Photography by Tracie, with you. Tracie has been such a pleasure to work with. She's incredibly personable, energetic, and fun, and prides herself on capturing candid, authentic moments from your big day.

What drew you to wedding photography?

Photographing a wedding day gives me to opportunity to incorporate all of my techniques and photography skills into one place. I love macro photography – getting lost in a small piece of subject matter, whether it is jewelry or florals. I could play in that area for hours and never get bored. I love incorporating landscapes into images for couples. Wedding venues aren’t cheap, and I love documenting the space and giving my couples the chance to have a very full portfolio of images and cover a lot of ground at their wedding venue. I love candid images. I love looking at a space from different angles and finding a way to shoot it in a reimagined way. Weddings keep me as an artist on my toes and use everything I’ve learned over my 20 years as a photographer, and allows me to serve a couple on one of the most memorable days of their lives. Wedding photography is important. It is an chance to have a lasting, positive effect on people that never would have happened if it wasn’t for my love of photography.

How did you figure out your style for weddings?

I found my style after a lot of thought and reflection. This isn’t my first go round in this industry. I was a photographer from the age of 19 and put my camera down professionally for a handful of years. I wanted my images to be able to stand on their own, straight out of camera. 20 years ago, there wasn’t photoshop or lightroom to salvage an image. You had to nail the exposure in camera, then develop it in a darkroom. When I came back to the industry after digital took over, I knew I didn’t want to be a fad. I knew I didn’t want to subscribe to whatever was popular in the industry. I wanted to be honest; I wanted my work to be vivid and true to life. I wanted my work to be a representation of me as much as it is a representation of the style of the couples I have the honor of serving. Everyone’s style is different, and that’s what makes us all different as individuals and as artists. Me? I’m classic, true to life, clean, clear, with colors as they are in real life.

What is your favorite part about photographing weddings? I love first dances. I love that look when the groom sees his bride for the first time as she’s being walked down the aisle. I love the reaction of the bride when she and her new husband are introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. I could go on and on, but these are just a few.