In today’s Chancey Charm Charleston Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Anna Yencho is chatting with Julie Livingston Photography! Julie Livingston Photography is a Charleston based destination wedding photographer who is known for shooting romantic, dreamy, laugh-filled weddings worldwide. We’re excited to share some of her stunning work, wedding planning tips + how she got her start in the industry. Cheers, friends!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Julie Livingston Photography
Florence, South Carolina
What’s your area of expertise?
Wedding Photography | Julie Livingston Photography
First job you ever landed
During high school, I glazed doughnuts and talked to the local coffee drinkers at Krisy Kreme Doughnuts. I loved meeting people and smelling like sugar all day!
What brought you to the wedding industry?
I loved looking at my grandfather’s vintage photos from the 1940s and 50s. That, mixed with my love for all things art and design, took me to the College of Charleston, where I studied Studio Art (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture). From there, I dabbled in Interior Design and Photography, and eventually started shooting weddings in 2007. Ten years later, I have now photographed over 220 weddings in over 7 countries!
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
Not every bride is a good fit for every vendor and vice versa. It’s important to “click” with each other. Photography is about beautiful photos, yes! But it’s also important that your personalities mesh well together. A wedding day can be stressful for everyone, but when both client and vendor are vibing, it can be a really fun adventure!
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
My ideal Sunday would start with morning yoga, then I’d meet friends for a Sunday Funday brunch and I would end the day at my brother’s house hanging with my sweet niece and nephews. If it’s a nice day, you will find me at the beach!
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
1. Set short-term and long-term goals for your business. With a vision, you can make things happen.
2. Be realistic and practice patience. These days, everyone is used to getting things instantly! In the wedding world, especially in Charleston, this isn’t the case. Success will take time (sometimes years) and a load of hard work.
3. Network, network, network face-to face! Talk to everyone you can in person. You never know who may be a client or a referral.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
1. Hire a great wedding planner that shares your vision! They will keep your stress at a low and create the wedding you envision.
2. Create a priority list. Spend money on the important things to you and your fiance. Photography should be at the top of your list! Hint hint!
3. Have fun with it! Wedding planning can get “wanna pull your hair out” stressful. It’s important to keep your focus on why you’re celebrating!
Some words you live by
Don’t worry, be happy. Be present. Be grateful. Give more than you take. Smile!
Best tip for balancing work + home life
Don’t have kids! Just kidding! I hope to have kids someday, but for now, I have the luxury of not having to balance too much. The only tip I have to offer for now is to set boundaries and make lists. I like to be done with all my work by 5pm so that I can spend time with friends and family so it helps to make a to-do list every day. And I don’t take calls after 5pm unless they are previously scheduled.
Best moment of your career
While it’s always fun seeing my work featured in prestigious publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty, the best moment of my career was seeing Richard Branson kitesurfing while shooting a wedding in the British Virgin Islands. We were on a boat headed to the rehearsal dinner near Necker Island, when all of a sudden, Sir Richard comes up right beside us and gives us a big wave and a smile. Made everyone’s day, especially the bride and groom who had vacationed down there quite a bit but had never caught a glimpse of the mogul!
Key Lime Pie and Champagne. Preferably at the same time!
Your favorite Instagram account
Hands down, it is @historyphotographed
What’s your favorite aesthetic?
Everything in shades of white with lots of tropical plants and a touch of pastel turquoise.
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?
I love photographing all types of weddings, but I tend to prefer the intimate ones a little bit more. While the big parties can be a lot of fun, the intimate ones allow you and your guests to connect. A smaller wedding offers you the ability to spend more money on things that are important to you rather than spending all your money on food and beverages for a ton of people.
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Pop some bubbly! And then book a venue and a photographer. We book up quickly!