In the Spotlight
Leigh Webber is a “local great” and a wonderful shutterbug, so it was hard to decide which q+a to have her answer! I settled on photography, simply because I know y’all want to see more of her gorgeous imagery. She is an award-winning photographer whose images have been featured in national, regional, and local magazines such as Elegant Bride, BRIDES, The Knot, Weddings Unveiled and Charleston Weddings. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked in the photography industry for almost 15 years. Plus, she photographed my children (little peek here) and I just adore her.
The desire to capture real life moments in an inspired setting is what drives Leigh. It is important to her that the photos she takes of your wedding day and of your children will ignite memories in the years to come.
More gossip below:
Calder: If you could shoot a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?
LW: Oh! This is a great question, as I love to travel! I’ve photographed weddings in India, Australia and England and it’s so fascinating how different cultures have their own wedding rituals.
I have a real affinity for Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. In addition to gorgeous, delicious food, they also have some of the finest hand woven fabrics and an abundance of flowers. The details would be insane! A wedding among the ancient Buddhist temples there would be transcendent, to say the least.
Calder: What’s the one thing you wish you could say outright to every bride, but you feel like you can’t, out of decorum + propriety?
LW: A couple of years ago, after feeling like every wedding I photographed would have been perfect, “If…”, it inspired me to write up a funny list of “Rules for Every Bride”. I never distributed it, but it reminded me of little things to mention along the planning process to make photographing on the wedding day easier.
That said, I must refer back to Shakespeare and say, “To thine own self be true”. So often we do things because we think it’s what others want us to do. However, there is nothing more refreshing and enjoyable than a genuine vision and witnessing someone be their true self. Authenticity photographs very well.
Calder: What’s your take on the controversial “First Peek”, where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony?
LW: Is this controversial? I think the first question that must be asked is whether the bride and groom are interested in seeing each other beforehand. If they are traditional or superstitious about not seeing each other, who am I to ruin that? I totally respect their opinion.
From a photographic standpoint, I love it when they decide to see each other before the ceremony. I feel privileged to capture that wonderful moment when they see each other for the first time on their wedding day. That is priceless. And as a bonus, the couple gets to enjoy a few moments of private time with each other before the show begins.
Regardless of whether they’ve seen each other before the ceremony, I always like to photograph them afterward as there is a heightened energy and I can just let them ride that wave and shoot away.
Calder: Three words (or a phrase) that epitomize your style: fill in the blanks.
LW: Modern + Vibrant + Emotive, or at least that’s what I aim for!
Calder: One of your top favorite images from 2010?
LW: One of my favorites is a shot of the wedding party from the wedding I photographed in Newcastle, Australia last March. We took photos the salt water “baths”, which is next to the ocean and essentially pools where people can swim. I love the art deco look and that’s its different from anything you see around here.
Calder: No wedding is complete without . . .
LW: I’m going to surprise myself and say that a wedding is not complete with out friends and family in attendance.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that no couple is an island. Your friends and family are powerful forces in your lives and it’s good to share these things with the people you love.
After having my son Seamus, a wedding photographer friend told me that I’d never view the Mother-Groom dance the same ever again. She was right. I hope I never miss out on that privilege.