Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile would recognize his work from the post of my wedding photos. From personal experience, Evan is everything an engaged couple could want in a photographer: he's incredibly professional, he knows how to make people comfortable in front of the camera, his photos are lovely, and he has a keen eye for capturing the small, subtle moments of weddings that matter the most. All that PLUS the fact that he's super fun and easy to be around.
CVA: Where is home?
EH: I currently live in Champaign, IL but I will be in Chicago full-time come May.
CVA: Who/What inspires you?
EH: Although it does not relate to weddings, most of the time I am really inspired by the romance and nostalgia of aviation and it's history. As far as photographers and people go, I really gravitate towards individuals who really love something and do everything they can to obtain it. My childhood friend Jared Boll is a great example of this. He currently plays hockey for the Columbus Blue Jackets and has worked towards that goal since we were very little. I have a lot of favorite photographers, but Jose Villa is at the top of the list. He does not need to promote himself as a person to make people fall in love with him. His images speak for themselves and are virtually unobtainable by the majority of us.
CVA: What is your favorite mixed drink & favorite children's book?
EH: I love this question! I'm not a big drinker, and I really don't know if I could name very many mixed drinks. However, there is this book I used to read when I was young that had something to do with a squirrel that would go around painting things with different colored paint and brushes but I haven't been able to remember what it was called. Does anyone remember this book?!
CVA: What is the last photo you took? [Bonus points if you share it!]
EH: My girlfriend and I started a pet photography business recently called Adelaide Pet Photo and the last photo I took was of a very cute beagle named Coco. She was just diagnosed with cancer and a friend of the owner bought her a Life Session photo shoot as a gift. Look at those big ears!
EH: I LOVE to parallel park. It's a sport in my mind and the tighter the parking spot, the more excited I get. Besides that, there's nothing too special. I'm a huge fan of Pixar and I'm way too in love with Christmas. I'm basically a 4 year old at heart.
CVA: If you and your camera could be invisible for one day, you would go where and photograph what?
EH: Dangerous question! I've always wanted to photograph individual worshipers at a Hillsong United concert, but always thought that if someone knew I was photographing them it would definitely ruin the moment. There is so much power, life, and love at those shows that it would really be a fun experience.
CVA: Besides weddings, what do you love to photograph?
EH: Before weddings, I shot in the music industry for 6 years and still find myself coming back to those roots every once in awhile. I love experimenting as well and trying to think outside the box. Actually, I just went out with some friends last night in very harsh lighting. We stumbled upon using our iphones for a light source and loved it so much that we used them up till they drained out. Anything experimental and different like that I really get a big kick out of.
CVA: Describe your wedding photography style in 5 words.
EH: emotive. calm. edgy. bright. clean.
CVA: What is the greatest challenge of wedding photography?
EH: The time frame. Many couples don't like to see each other before the ceremony. Although I do like the idea of seeing your spouse for the first time while walking down the aisle, it leaves very little time for photos. The couples that choose to have a first look come out with several more photograph choices.
CVA: What is your favorite moment of a wedding?
EH: Definitely when the father hands the bride to the groom. There is always so much emotion at that point and I find that's when I push the picture-taking button the most.
CVA: What are some of the craziest/most fun things you've gotten to photograph at a wedding?
EH: What always surprises me is the dancing. It's usually the most reserved individuals that you see just go nuts on the dance floor and that's always great to photograph. I also witnessed a groomsmen fall into a very large speaker on the dance floor a few months ago. Although it may have been somewhat embarrassing at the time, it's one of those moments you remember forever.
EH: That's a tough question. I know I had previously mentioned Jose Villa but I think my first choice would be Sean Flanigan and Jose Villa if he couldn't do it. Something about Sean's color, tones, and black and whites really just amaze me every time.
CVA: I would LOVE to photograph a destination wedding in ______________ .
EH: Bangkok, Thailand! I'm actually trying to work that out this October so keep your fingers crossed for me. There's also an elephant farm out there that allows you to work for a week. You get to take care of, feed, and even shower them. How cool is that!?
CVA: Having been around so many weddings, is there anything you now know that you will --- or won't --- do at your own?
EH: YES. Sometimes I see the most detailed schedules for the day that even specify different events by the 5 minute mark. These types of schedules cause so much stress and strain on the bride that it's hard for her to enjoy the day. I just want everyone to gather around outside and whenever we're ready we can all stand in a circle and tie the knot. I've learned to just keep it very simple and light, not stress about a schedule, and ENJOY the day.
CVA: What should a couple think about/talk about before choosing a wedding photographer? What questions should they ask before signing a contract?
- Make sure you not only fall in love with that photographer's images but also the photographer himself/herself. They will be around you all day on the biggest day of your life. It's important to get to know them and feel comfortable around them.
- Make sure you know what you're getting before you book. A lot of photographer's offer some packages at a low price but you really don't receive much. Some packages don't even include albums. It's important to know the ins and outs of each.
- Maybe this is just a pet peeve of mine, but make sure your photographer returns E-mails quickly. If I'm E-mailing someone it's usually for an important reason and when it takes a few days to hear back from them it'll drive you crazy! They shouldn't take more than 24 hours to respond.
CVA: In my opinion, a sizable portion of the wedding budget should be allocated to photography. Thoughts on that?
EH: Yes and yes. Maybe I'm biased as a photographer, but you walk away with three things after a wedding: a partner, a dress, and your photos. I see so many people spend so much money on many of the details and then try to save on a photographer. I can almost guarantee that the bride and groom will be so busy on the day of the wedding they won't even remember what the details looked like on that day, or even get to see them for that matter. Wedding photography is an INVESTMENT. It's expensive and people who are not used to that don't understand why. It's important to remember that these photographs last forever and you get one shot at it. It's not something you want to try to save money on.
CVA: What can a couple do to make a wedding photographer's life easier?
EH: The biggest thing is to really establish communication and build a relationship in the months leading to the wedding. I choose to only shoot a select number of weddings a year so I can really get to know my clients, answer their questions promptly when they have them, and really give them the custom service they deserve and pay for. Talking with and getting to know your photographer will help your photographer get to know you and when they know you as a couple, it's much easier to photograph you as such.
CVA: Any other advice/words of wisdom for couples planning their wedding?
- Don't always rely on a google search to find your photographer or other vendors. Get in touch with friends who have recently been married or visit your favorite wedding blogs. The photographer's featured on there are usually very hard workers that present consistent material.
- Most importantly, and this seems obvious, but have fun! It's stressful and a lot of work but it's about the journey, not the end of the story, right?