Lindsey Zern Photography

Certain people are just born to do certain things.  One of those people is Lindsey Zern.  This girl is gifted.  If photography isn't her true calling, there is no hope for the rest of us.  The authentic way in which Lindsey approaches photography indicates that a love for the art simply oozes through her veins.  She strives to capture raw emotions and natural movements.  Lindsey's couples say that her poise, enthusiasm, and professional put them at ease.  This means they are free to be themselves during a shoot, letting the uniqueness of their relationship shine and perhaps even forgetting that Lindsey is there altogether.  But that doesn't mean the results are any less beautiful.  Quite the contrary.  Lindsey's photos are organic, creative, and whimsical.  But most importantly, they are timeless – an everlasting reminder of a quick emotion or brief moment in time.  If you're looking for a photographer who will capture everything from the raw excitement to the happy tears to the belly laughs of your big day, look no further.

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Tell me a little bit about your business!
Lindsey Zern Photography is starting it’s fourth official year here in Pittsburgh!  I started my photography journey wanting to only shoot landscapes and outdoor scenery, but gradually moved in to portraits and eventually weddings.  Now, I can’t imagine not taking photos of people!  The excitement and little details of a wedding day are what I live for.

What makes your work unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
My editing style is a little darker and gritty than most traditional wedding photography.  I love to show the emotion behind a photo by having the colors nice and rich, as well as by playing with shadows.  If brides and grooms are looking for something a little more unique and artistic, then I’d love to get in touch with them and see if I’m the photographer for them!

What is your ideal client like?
Artistic, spontaneous, and adventurous.  Nothing is better than when you can say to your couples, “Hey!  That cool alley way is getting some crazy awesome light – and I know it may seem weird now, but it will look awesome in your photos!” and the couple is totally for it and trusts your ability to see the shot before the photo is taken.

How would you describe your photography style?
My style is a little darker and has a little more grit than most traditional wedding photography.  I also love to get a lot of movement in my photos.  Whether it’s walking, dancing, or even spinning, those are always the photos that I find my eye is drawn to the most.  I never like posing to become stiff or stuffy, so there’s a lot of fun movement during wedding photos!

What techniques do you use to help clients feel comfortable with you and in front of the camera?
I’ll usually ask them to start to tell me how they met or what they did for their first date.  I’ll even ask them about the proposal story or the most hilarious thing that happened to them while they were together.  This means that the couples get to recount a great experience, and they usually loosen up because we are having a conversation, not just snapping away in silence!  This also gives me a great opportunity to get some great photos while they’re laughing together, or for me to take some memorable photos during the in-between moments of the session.

What emotions do you think your images evoke?
I want my images to stop time.  By this I mean that I want them to most authentically capture the emotion that was occurring at the time the photo was being taken.  Aaron Siskind, an American photographer once said,  “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.  What you have caught on film is captured forever…It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  This is the quote that I go back to when I think about the emotions that I want my images to evoke.  I want them to take the onlooker back in time and for them to feel the emotions that were being experienced in the photograph when it was taken.

What is your approach to editing?  What is the typical turn-around time for images?
My turn around time for a wedding is about 6 – 8 weeks.  However, the couple doesn’t have to wait all that time without seeing any of their photos!  About two weeks after the wedding, I do a blog post for most weddings of about 100 photos on my website.

What other items do you offer?
Along with some of my wedding packages I offer complimentary engagement and anniversary sessions, as well as lay flat albums and prints.

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