Today, I am truly excited and honored to share the work of not just a wedding professional I admire, but an actual friend and mentor in faith. I met Summer Sharobeem when she was spending a summer helping my middle school ministry. Although that summer of “glorified babysitting” probably included more trips to the mall than she would ever want to take again, I saw how her love for God was obvious and sincere. Many years have passed since then, including moves to the south for both of us, and I’m so glad we were recently able to catch up and talk about her work. I hope you enjoy all the photos and reading what inspires Summer Lynn Photography!
What made you pick up photography? Tell us about your company!
I took my first [film] photography class while I was an undergrad student at New York University, and was totally drawn in! I feel like it brought to life something that had been inside me ever since I was very young… seeing “moments”, sort of in slow-motion in my mind, and taking mental snapshots of them. Yes, I’m kind of a romantic! I decided to take the leap and make my passion for photo art into a career shortly after the birth of my second child, Eden, in 2009. I tell her she’s my muse! I wanted my kids to grow up knowing that their mama follows her dreams, and that they can, too. I love portraiture of all kinds, and aim to make photographs that give my clients real art: a true glimpse into the crazy beautiful enchantment of the moment.
What makes your work unique? Describe a “Summer Lynn Photography vride.”
Brides and weddings are just so darn beautiful to begin with! When you go to a wedding, you are surrounded by people smiling and looking their absolute best, incredible floral displays, beautifully-placed decor, stunning scenery… even the food is nice to look at! And while I do thoroughly enjoy taking artistic shots of these gorgeous details, I believe I can offer my brides even more… I find the magic. I capture the love. I have a knack for seeing and capturing emotion through my lens, and I think this quality is what makes my work unique and sets me apart. When you look at your photographs, I want you to get to feel, in a tangible way, just how special and “uniquely you and your man” your wedding day was. A “Summer Lynn Photography bride” is looking for that; she wants the love, romance, surprises, funny moments, personal details, and heart-felt moments that made up her day to be caught, so that she can treasure them through her photographs for years to come.
Where do you seek inspiration for your work? How do you help brides decide what photos are best to take?
People inspire me. I’m inspired by how people feel, connect, and relate to one another, and how they express that. I’m also greatly inspired by salted caramel cake, but that’s another blog for another time. I think I’m an explorer at heart, so for me, I feel like photography is my vehicle for learning and discovering what makes people tick. It’s very important to me to make sure I have a real understanding of what you, the bride, have your heart set on for your day and I love hearing your ideas! I do a lot of listening and treat you to coffee and try to get a feel for which moments are going to be the most important for you. Every bride is different and there are always unique personal details that matter most to each one. I then definitely offer suggestions to help make it happen, taking into account lighting (very important for someone like me who specializes in natural light photography), timing, and location.
What suggestions would you make for a bride in regards to her wedding day and photos specifically?
I’m a very easy-going, free-spirit type, so at the risk of sounding cliche, I always tell my brides to try to relax and enjoy! Be present in the moment, and I promise your photos will come out beautifully. I think that feeling genuinely connected to your fiance is very important as you walk down the aisle on this Day-That-You-Have-Been-Planning-Every-Last-Detail-Of-For-Your-Entire-Life. So my little suggestion is to plan a special time to connect with him before the wedding…it doesn’t have to be a whole day or even a whole afternoon…but some time, before the wedding train leaves the station, connect. Tell him you can’t wait to celebrate together. It will make a world of difference, and that connection that is uniquely you and him will most definitely come through in your photographs as well. I’ll take care of the rest!
Isn’t Summer the sweetest person ever? Head on over to her blog and Facebook page to see more of her work and the magical moments she effortlessly captures! Thank you, Summer, for sharing your work and your heart with Chancey Charm!
(All photos provided by Summer Lynn Photography)
Chancey Charm, Charlotte Wedding Planner