The first time we worked with Kaylea from K.R. Moreno Photography was at Planterra Conservatory in Bloomfield Hills last December. Wow…now that was a GORGEOUS wedding! Cassandra, the bride, looked stunning. Rami, the groom, was so dapper in his dark red/maroon tux. And the flowers, candles, and decor for their reception! It was such a great night full of dancing. They were introduced with a dance group leading the way with swords and drums. It was an unforgettable night and so glad we got to work alongside Kaylea from K.R. Moreno Photography!
Kaylea’s photos are SOOO BEAUTIFUL. She describes it as “timeless imagery of romantic celebrations.” She is sooo right! Very timeless! If you look at her photos, you can’t really tell the era. Could be 50 years ago…could be 100 years from now. And I think that’s the best kind of photograph. One that is not dated with trends and just captures that moment from your romantic celebration. That’s what you want to remember right? The feeling in that moment.
photo credit: K.R. Moreno Photography
Did you know Kaylea and her husband lived in Portugal for a few years. They told us how weddings were so much different over there. She said some receptions lasted until 7am the next morning! Whoa! I don’t think I could dance that long. Unless I was able to take a nap! With out giving any more of Kaylea’s story away it’s time for the Q + A!
How did you get started as a wedding photographer?
At 23 I found myself living in California working in an engineering office 9-5, 5 days a week. Being a creative at heart I was desperate to find a way out. I was also a little impulsive at 23 and decided in a matter of a day that I was going to pack my bags and move to Portugal. Looking back I think I was absolutely crazy but once I arrived in Portugal things started to fall into place and the business fell into my lap if you will. As cheesy as it sounds I feel like this career chose me more than I chose it. Don't get me wrong there was a lot of hard work and many many months of learning involved especially considering I booked my first wedding before knowing the first thing about photography but I really wouldn't change the risk I took and where it led me.
What is your approach to photographing weddings?
My approach begins long before the wedding day through a lot of communication with the couple. I like to discover their priorities and tailor my approach to best fit their desires. Couples often are drawn to my editorial style so I keep the goal of storytelling at the forefront of mind throughout the wedding day. I also weave in and out of documentary and fine art which I think gives a really rounded gallery as a final product.
photo credit: K.R. Moreno Photography
What is your favorite wedding memory?
We had an Irish wedding a couple of years ago for a rugby player. It was a massive wedding with so many lively team members. The entire wedding was filled with spontaneous dancing, bursts of songs where the entire wedding joined in or spontaneous speeches that left everyone in tears from laughing so hard. The whole wedding was Mc'd and I honestly don't think I've laughed so hard for people I didn't know in my whole life.
What advice do you have for brides choosing vendors?
I think connection is a great priority to have. Do you connect with them, do you trust the work that they produce and are they a professional are all great questions to ask. Your photographer and videographer will be with you all day- it's important that you 1. like them and get along with them and 2. trust their vision.
Why do you love working with 97 Films?
Yes! Loved working with you, Katie. You were so down to earth, kind, confident in what you were doing and impeccably prepared. Also, you fed me pizza and I will forever love you for this.
Planterra Wedding Film.
Wedding Cinematography: 97 Films
I can’t wait to work together again with Kaylea. I was hoping to join her in Ireland or Oregon this year. Maybe next year ;)
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