Although she’s been editing with us for over a year, we shared the big news with you in 2019 that Beth Rutledge has officially joined our team as another photographer! This means so many exciting things for the Morning Light team in 2020, and we wanted to more formally introduce you all to her in this blog post. Read on to get to know Beth.
Helping Your One Special Day Last Forever:
If you’ve been planning a wedding for more than, say, 30 seconds, you’ve likely already had someone say something like this to you:
“Soak up every minute of your wedding day, it goes by so fast.”
“My wedding day is a blur, I can hardly remember it!”
Beth Rutledge, our newest photographer here at Morning Light Photography, knows how much pressure there is on couples today; not only are they planning an unforgettable wedding day, but they have this overall sense that they have to hang on to it tightly so it doesn’t just slip through their fingers in a flurry of white lace, clinking champagne glasses and sparkler send-offs.
This is why one of her biggest goals as a photographer is to make you feel as comfortable as possible on your wedding day. She wants you to just be present and enjoy the moments you’ve worked so hard to plan, instead of being preoccupied with the details or feeling sad that it’s about to come to an end after months (if not years) of anticipation. After all, when you know your beautiful moments are being captured, you’ll feel secure that you can relive them again and again.
With nearly a decade of experience shooting weddings, she’s seen some of the most sacred days of her clients’ lives and strives to capture those moments so they can be preserved, remembered and adored for years to come.
And here’s how she does it! We had the chance to sit down with Beth to ask her some questions that will get you all acquainted before wedding season 2020 is upon us.
Q&A WITH BETH
Q: Beth, can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: Sure! So, as well as being a wife and a mother of two, I’m also a photographer. I’ve been photographing weddings for over eight years now, and it’s truly an honour to get to capture some of the most special moments of people’s lives. I really feel like I get to be apart of something sacred when I’m photographing a wedding.
Q: What led you to become a wedding photographer?
A: I’ve loved photography since I was a kid. My dad was always making home videos and my favourite part was being behind the camera, seeing it all happen. I’ve always been an emotional person, someone who feels things really deeply. So when I started to see the kind of work that was happening in the wedding industry it was a natural fit. I would watch wedding videos on YouTube for hours and when I had the chance to shoot my first wedding, I completely fell in love with it.
Q: Could you describe the way you build relationships with your clients? How do you like to make them feel?
A: I really try to be a friend that my clients can feel comfortable around. I find that just being myself is the best way to help a couple feel at home around me, and that’s what I want for them. I love getting to meet with them beforehand so we can all get to know each other. Then they can feel calm about having their picture taken on their wedding day too.
Basically, I want them to know that I am there to walk with them through the day in a very non-intrusive way, so they can authentically enjoy their wedding day, and I can just capture that beauty as it happens.
Q: In addition to being a wonderful person, we also wanted you to join our team as a photographer because of your incredible technique and the way it aligns with the Morning Light Photography style. Can you describe your style in a few words?
A: Well, I’m a hopeless romantic, so my style is definitely light and airy. I’m inspired by romance and I really try to reflect that in all my work, so it’s soft, classic and fairy-tale-esque.
Q: What is your favourite part of a wedding day to photograph?
A: That’s a tough one. I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one part. A wedding day is so full of emotion, I mean there’s the big moments like the first look, or when a father sees his daughter for the first time. But I’m also a sucker for the details – I love capturing those little things while the bridal party gets ready. Honestly, the littlest moments can have so much emotion packed into them, it’s all so beautiful.
Q: Before we go, can you talk to us about some of the trends you’re seeing for weddings in 2020?
A: That’s a really interesting question because overall, I’m definitely seeing a shift away from the “traditional” concept of a wedding. Everyone is doing weddings in such unique ways that are super personalized to them – their style, their comfort and their relationship. So I’m seeing more personalized details in everything – the vows, the decorations, the layout of the day … everything. I think we’ll keep seeing more of that this year too and the trends will be built around that. I’m really excited to see what couples come up with!
Beth Rutledge truly sees our clients’ personalities and loves their love stories. In all her work, you can tell that she looks at every wedding moment through a lens of deep adoration, and she brings this affectionate gaze to every moment she captures in a photo. We’re so privileged to have her working with us this summer and cannot wait for you to meet her! If you’re interested in working with Beth at your wedding, you can contact her by clicking here.