French’s Point Estate is thrilled to continue a new series of blog posts spotlighting amazing Maine wedding vendors that help to make weddings at our waterfront wedding venue not only successful but truly the embodiment of the experience our clients strive to craft for their family and friends. This series will showcase some of the best providers from our vibrant, talented, dedicated wedding industry community we are so proud to be a part of here in Maine and New England. This group of professional wedding vendors understands and adheres to our guiding principles for the service we endeavor to provide our clients: Be Responsive, Be Kind, Provide Excellent Customer Service, Provide the Very Best Product/Service. Because of these wonderful people, the celebrations here are French’s Point Estate are the stuff of which dreams are made!
I met Russ several years ago when he made the shift to focus full time on his growing wedding photography business. He made the time to come sit down and meet with me, and I was immediately appreciative that he was part of my community. In the passing years, Russ has established himself as a calm, attentive, professional, active-voice within the Maine wedding industry. Russ always has his eyes on the future and is constantly working toward not only improving himself professionally (which he certainly has done… he was named Maine Wedding Photographer of the Year for 2016 by the Maine Professional Photographers Association), but also helping to raise the bar of the Maine wedding photography community and wedding industry in Maine as a whole. His communication style is kind, patient, engaging and responsive. Those are four of my favorite traits in a wedding vendor! His partner in life and business, Liz, is a wonderful, calming voice on wedding day and she creates beautiful work as well. Individually, Russ and Liz are both talented and kind professionals. Together, they are an amazing team!
How long have you been operating your business?
We’ve been wedding photographers for more than 20 years and full-time wedding photographers for 10 years.
How would you describe your style?
Our style is that perfect blend of journalistic, artistic, and editorial, and is comprised of several “signature” shots for which we’re well-known. Part of our style is the comfort we lend to our couples, their families, and friends through our calm demeanor, experience, and personalities. We love removing the apprehensions people may have about being photographed for the course of a day. We also are very proud of how our detail planning ahead, and managing expectations, with our couples makes for very smooth-running wedding days with everything flowing effortlessly.
What lead you to photograph weddings?
Russ: years ago, just after high school, I had a camera and a co-worker needed her wedding photographed. That led to many more, and it led to my realizing I loved everything about photographing the memories of a wedding day.
Liz: I met Russ in 2012, and he introduced me to photography. I was instantly hooked on weddings!
What is your favorite moment to photograph throughout the whole wedding day?
Russ: The environmental artistic set, where we incorporate our couple into the beautiful landscape.
Liz: Moments such as when a dad presents his daughter to the groom at the ceremony.
Do you suggest having a second shooter if they are having a French’s Point wedding?
We photograph weddings (and engagements sessions!) as a team, virtually all of the time. Our clients get the benefit of having two pairs of eyes on them during every phase of their wedding day. As we like to say, a wedding consists of two key people and each deserves their own photographer, especially during first looks and the exchange of vows.
How many hours of coverage do you suggest for a French’s Point wedding?
Hours of coverage will depend on several factors. Is the couple having a first look? Does the bride and groom have a large wedding party? How many immediate family members will there be to photograph in the family formals? What is the size of the guest list? An important goal for us is to never make a bride feel hurried or stressed on her wedding day. We make sure there is time for all aspects of getting ready, bridal portraits, first look, bridesmaids photos. Plus we build in down time before the ceremony so that our brides have time to freshen up, have a snack, and relax before they walk down the aisle. Having said that, almost all of our French’s Point couples buy our 10 hour package, which allows them day-start to day-end coverage without having to rush anything to fit in.
What is your favorite day trip in Maine?
Russ: I love visiting Belfast. It’s picturesque, alive with activity, and has some of the best restaurants and bakeries in Maine. It’s a perfect day trip from almost anywhere in Maine.
Liz: I have so many favorites! One of my current favorites is Kittery Foreside, especially Wallingford Square. Fantastic restaurants, an amazing bakery, wonderful shops, and so picturesque! The fact that it’s less than an hour away is a huge bonus!