For our first Featured Vendor Friday we are so excited to feature Simone Fox of Simone Fox Photography. Simone’s work is absolutely stunning and she has been an absolute doll to collaborate with!
Name: Simone Fox
Business Name & Location: Simone Fox Photography, Albany, NY
Years Working in the Event Industry: 6 years
Years Owning Your Own Business (if applicable): 5 years
How did you get started in the industry?
Mid-college, I stumbled upon photography when I got a camera and couldn’t stop shooting people and nature. Once I started doing it, I couldn’t stop, and I knew it was something I could enjoy doing for a really long time. After graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in Creative Writing, I launched my blog and started second shooting for every wedding photographer that would hire me. I planned to pursue photography in any way I could. It was certainly the opposite of lucrative as I was trying to build up my portfolio and buy expensive lenses. I knew it would take years to build the business I was dreaming of so I worked full time as a technical writer in the DC area for 4 years. I didn’t enjoy the full-time office life but because of it, I was able to fund the start of my business and comfortably work part time in the industry. I quietly built up my reputation in weddings, engagements, and portraits and was able to be selective with potential clients. Since moving to Albany in early 2017, I am now pursuing photography full time 🙂
What inspires you?
I’d have to say: Love, Life, and Beauty. That moment you look at 2 lovers having a private moment and suddenly you can feel the passion of their love. When friends and family go out of their way to show unconditional love to each other. When nature is so beautiful that you can’t stop staring (or shooting in my case).
What style of photography do you specialize in?
I specialize in engagements and weddings but more specifically, I’m a natural light photographer taking a photojournalistic, fine art approach to photography. Before events, I communicate extensively with clients/vendors about logistics and details, this way on the big day I know exactly what is planned and can step back and just capture the moments. Every photo I deliver is hand-edited and I work hard at creating a consistently beautiful look for every image.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Without question, my favorite part is the moment when I receive a response from a client saying that they absolutely love their images. I’m always nervous before a delivery. I’m very critical of myself and hold myself to very high standards for every project. Hearing I have exceeded the expectations of those who have put their trust and faith in me means everything to me. It’s what fuels me and is the reason I keep photographing.
For an engaged couple, when is the best time to book the photographer?
I strongly recommend booking a photographer that is also shooting your engagement.
Having this experience with the photographer before the big day is so helpful in relieving stress about having your picture taken, and lets you know exactly what to expect on the wedding day. Having said that, you’d want to book anywhere from 9-18 months in advance to make sure they are available for both.
What are some things couples should look for when choosing a photographer for their wedding?
Look for someone who shows a lot of photos and information on their website and has a quick email response time. Well-rounded photographers will always have many photos you can look through and won’t be stingy about showing you “full wedding galleries.”
Established photographers will also show lots of reviews and information about themselves and how they shoot. If their site is light on pictures and information, chances are they are still struggling to find their place in the industry.
What advice do you have for couples planning their big day?
Don’t let friends and/or family pressure you into doing something that doesn’t feel 100% like yourselves.
If a bridal party seems like too much pressure, don’t have one.
If you aren’t feeling parent dances, don’t have them.
Obviously this can get touchy when you have family involved in funding the wedding. Do your best to find a balance but don’t be afraid to put your foot down. This wedding is about you and your love, so you should not be pressured into doing something inauthentic that doesn’t feel like you.