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Friday, January 5, 2018

Wedding Pro Spotlight: Red Boat Photography

Knoxville Wedding Photography

When your vows have been said, your cake is eaten and the dancing is over, what you have left from your wedding celebration are your images and video.  -- Katie Sams

After working as a registered nurse for five years, Katie Sams felt unfulfilled. “The sterile world of hospital life didn't feed my need to create. I found myself being drawn back to my roots of photography.” Having been a camera bug since the age of ten, Katie easily began doing photo shoots for friends, which is when she found her niche

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After marrying her husband, Alex, she followed him back to his home in Knoxville, where they now have a toddler son. Though Katie keeps busy with their active son, she has no formal business partners. Alex is a talented photographer himself and is her second shooter on wedding days.

A Style Well-Suited for Weddings

It’s been nearly three years since Katie began shooting professionally as Red Boat Photography. During her many years of holding a camera, she’s developed a style that lends itself beautifully to photographing weddings. Raised in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, this stunning landscape has provided Katie with plenty of inspiration. She notes, “The North Carolina coast is my Heaven on Earth and heavily influences my photography style. I photograph moments in an organic, minimally-posed way that allows couples to be in the moment with each other, naturally.” Katie uses a mix of film and digital photography, which gives her the ability to provide timeless images that won't be dated in the years to come.

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Intimate weddings are Katie’s delight and they especially highlight her amazing techniques. She’s provided photography services for couples getting married in a myriad unique venues, including a restored 1920’s mansion, a repurposed, industrial flannel mill, a historic Moravian church, and a restored 1915 harness racing barn! This year, Katie expanded her services to include film images for the first time. Using professional films, she creates soft, classic images.“This is something I've wanted to do for years, so I’m excited to offer this addition to couples.”

A Photographer’s Feel

Certainly capturing the emotions of the day is Katie’s top priority. Being a fairly recent mom has given her an appreciation for how the couples’ parents feel during the wedding, and it’s a feeling that Katie wants to convey in her photography. Katie also remembers her own wedding day “like it was yesterday,” and knows intimately what the bride is feeling. “What I love most about photographing weddings is being a creative witness and documenter to the milestone moments -- like when the groom sees the bride for the first time and the first dances -- these moments are just so sweet!”


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Katie believes it’s crucial for couples to find a photographer who will give them what they really want in their wedding photos. She recommends that couples research how long the photographer has been shooting, the kind of camera and other equipment that will be used, and even how the photographer will handle image files. Asking to see an entire gallery of wedding photos is quite a reasonable request of any wedding photographer, and this gives couples a good idea of what they can expect.

Creating the Couple’s Vision

“I’m a visual person, so I totally understand when a couple comes to me and says they have no ideas, or maybe too many ideas.” Katie develops a picture in her mind of what couples want by helping them to clarify their own pictures, perhaps by looking at their Pinterest boards for clues. She also encourages couples to fully display their personalities, which is what makes each wedding unique. “I loved a recent post on Style Me Pretty that showed the couple cutting pizza for their wedding!” These suggestions help Katie to get to know and recreate the couple’s style in her photos, even if they aren’t able to immediately verbalize it themselves.

Katie has photographed many couples who’s simple desire is to hold on to their precious wedding day memories. She has always done so with professionalism and style, and she has learned to pass on one piece of advice to couples: “Don't stress out. This is one of the happiest days of your life! At the end of the day, you'll be married, and that's what this day is about.”

You can see more about Katie and her wedding photography services on her website here.



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