In today’s Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Skylar Caitlin of Chancey Charm Houston is chatting with Breanna McKendrick of Breanna McKendrick Photography. Breanna captures meaningful relationships and true celebrations through her beautifully classic + light and bright photography. Today on the blog, she’s sharing how she got her start in wedding photography, tips for both new brides and vendors + more below! Cheers, friends!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Houston Vendor Highlight | Breanna McKendrick Photography
Breanna McKendrick of Breanna McKendrick Photography
I grew up in the small town of Farmington, New Mexico. We got a shout out on Breaking Bad once or twice – so I figure we are pretty much famous now. Watch out LA.
What’s your area of expertise?
Wedding Photography. I make classic millennial couples in love feel comfortable in front of a camera.
First job you ever landed
I had a summer job in high school that was part of a conversation effort in our city. I spent half the day with a team of high school and college kids clearing and cleaning our local nature park. The second half of our days were spent in a classroom learning about conservation, running small soil/environmental experiments and learning from guest speakers and local industry leaders. It was the perfect summer gig.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
I started taking my photography seriously when I was in in college. This was the same time that my roommates and friends were starting to get engaged. I took their engagement photos, which grew to photographing their weddings. Once I started, I fell in love with the technical vigors and agility of photographing weddings. I knew I found a home for my photography.
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
When I first began my business, I was timid and felt like asking for a higher level of involvement from my brides and grooms was a bother to their busy schedules. I often excused myself from getting to know them, thinking I shouldn’t bother them with setting up times to meet in person, pester them with questions about their expectations, or maintaining a solid flow of email communication. This was a fundamental misstep in that first wedding season.
My brides and grooms are excited to get married AND excited about their engagement. They realize this season of life is short and a time worth celebrating. They want to invest in memories, experiences and be engaged throughout the process. The short time we spend together before the wedding day and open email communication through their engagement allows me to serve my clients better. As I get to know them, I can capture more authentic imagery, tailor my services to their individual needs and walk into the wedding day with a full vision of how to create moments for them.
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Doing something to enjoy our warm Texas weather, then headed home for the evening to cook dinner with my husband, Trevor, and watch Netflix (often comedy sitcoms).
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
Never stop learning and always ask for feedback. As for feedback from planners, from clients, from other photographers. Do not take constructive criticism personally. Seek after it and use it to propel your business and client experience forward. This will save yourself from years of daunting hard lessons.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
Don’t overlook the moments and celebration of being engaged. Enjoy the little things of this unique season of life, like trying on wedding gowns with loved ones, cake tastings with your fiancé, a fancy date night out after your engagement photos. These moments are once-in-a-lifetime kind of moments. Don’t rush through them, but soak it all in.
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Some words you live by
Invest in memories, experiences, and relationships.
Best tip for balancing work and home life
Create a work schedule and stick to it like you have a day job boss watching over you.
Best moment of your career
Shooting side by side with one of my favorite mentors in Southern Utah and having the realization that I could do this photography thing. Not just as a side hustle hobby, but a serious way to provide for the life I want to lead. That moment was freeing, engaging, motivating, and believing.
Your favorite Instagram account
@Letterfolk – I bought their letter board because of their witty Instagram account and it brings so much happiness in my life!
What’s your favorite aesthetic?
Classic, modern, minimalist.
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why
Do I have to decide? Both!? I love the intimate wedding day moments with your lifelong tribe. I am a fan of smaller Bridal Parties, celebratory rehearsal dinners with toasts of laughter and candid family portraiture. But, get anxiety feeling of cutting new or old friends and plus ones from the guest count. A vibrant dance floor, dear ones coming to hug you all night, all my favorite people in one room… It just makes my heart burst!
I think this ideal balance happens around the magic guest count between 125-175.
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Tell your family, tell your friends and drink a glass (or bottle) of champagne! First planning thing you should do is make a list of your top 3 wedding priorities. Is it your dream venue, live band, amazing food, a stellar photographer, full planning services to take care of you or a garden of florals at your event? With those in mind, you can start planning dates on dream venue/vendor availability and family schedules, set appropriate budgets and create a general aesthetic for your day!