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I sat down with Tampa Wedding Photographer, Melissa Galovic, to get her perspective on the wedding industry. She gave me her insight and experience, both as a photographer, as well as a wedding vendor in general. You don’t want to miss what she had to say!

WHAT GOT YOU STARTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

“I became interested in photography shortly after Instagram became popular. That’s when I started following travel and landscape photographers. I thought it was so cool that I could see pictures from all around the world right from my living room. I also loved how you could freeze a moment in time, use that moment to evoke an emotion from the viewer of that photo, and tell a story.  It was then that I decided I wanted to take photos of my own and invested in a camera and taught myself how to use it.  I decided to pursue wedding photography after my experience with my very own wedding photographer. I loved how they focused on real moments rather than the posed, cliche shots. It was then that I realized I could take my love of telling stories and marry it with my love for photography and turn it into a career.” 

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE WEDDING INDUSTRY?

“I love how each wedding is so unique, and I love seeing a couple’s vision come together. From their food choices, to decor, to the venues, each wedding is a representation of each couple, and I just love being able to tell a couple’s story through my photography. 

I love that I can give my clients something they can look back on fifty years from now and remember exactly how they felt in the moment a photo was captured. I also love that I provide something that can be passed down from generation to generation. Don’t get me wrong, every component of a wedding is great but other than the marriage itself, the photos (and video) are the only thing that actually lasts; you can’t save your food and flowers!”

DESCRIBE ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE WEDDINGS YOU WORKED ON, AND WHY YOU LOVED IT.

“I shot an early morning wedding at the BG Ocala Ranch last year that I really enjoyed. The venue is a luxury estate and cottage nestled in between a horse farm, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The inside let in a ton of natural light, making for beautiful getting ready and detail shots. The ceremony itself was on the property with the horse farm directly behind it, which was such a cool element. Since the ceremony was early in the morning, all of the food at the reception was brunch and c’mon, who doesn’t like brunch? The couple were also HUGE coffee drinkers so they included a custom coffee bar at the reception. This was a huge hit with the guests and with me! It was definitely one of the more unique weddings I’ve shot to date, and I’d love to do more weddings like this in the future.”

WHAT MAKES YOU SUCCESSFUL AS A TAMPA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

“I’d say my passion and my business acumen. I absolutely love everything about the wedding industry, and I think when you are passionate about something, it really shows through your work. Additionally, I have an advertising degree and spent years working with big brands and agencies; learning how to market them and set their business apart. I think this experience taught me how to apply this knowledge to running my own business and is what has made it successful.”

HOW DO YOU UNIQUELY CARE FOR YOUR CLIENTS?

“I’d say just by being honest, authentic and really caring. Weddings are undeniably one of the most exciting, yet stressful times in your life. There is so much going on that it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the logistics that go along with planning a wedding and working with different vendors. That is why I strive to really become more than “just a vendor” to my clients. I really want us to feel like (or even become) friends. I wanna be there on their big day, celebrating with them, crying happy tears with them, and breaking it down on the dance floor with them. When I say I care about their love stories, I really mean it, and in the process of all this, capture some amazing moments they will be able to look back on for years to come.” 

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?

“I think the biggest misconception is that we only work on the wedding day. A lot of planning and communication goes into preparing to photograph a wedding. From the day we begin our relationship with clients, we are working with them. From engagement sessions to timelines to the editing and refinement of all the best photos of the wedding day itself, we probably work over 20 hours on each wedding we book. It’s extremely gratifying work, but it is not a one day commitment.”

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

“I would describe my style as a mix between lifestyle, artistic and documentary- the photos will tell your love story through authentic moments I’ve captured between my couples. I’m not really interested in cheesy, inauthentic poses. I want the photos to feel as if I wasn’t even there.” 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A COUPLE OR BRIDE/GROOM SO THAT THEY GET THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THEIR WEDDING?

“Just be yourself! Don’t feel like you have to look or act a certain way. If you aren’t yourself, you will feel uncomfortable and it will show in your photos. Being yourself will help you relax and ultimately result in photos that will accurately represent your relationship.”

WHAT CHANGES DO YOU SEE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE AS A TAMPA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?

“I think the wedding industry is constantly evolving. As it relates to photography, I do think you will start to see more and more couples going the less traditional route- and that is totally OK! You want to get married at the courthouse and then take your photos by some awesome architecture downtown? Great! You want to fly somewhere with a handful of friends and family and get married on a mountain top? Sweet. There are no rules anymore and I think that it is so cool; it makes me excited to be in this industry and I’m looking forward to capturing more of these types of weddings down the line.”

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What a great take on this exciting industry! If you are looking for a Tampa Wedding Photographer, check out Melissa Galovic!

~Patrick

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