April will mark the beginning of Behind the Board DJ Entertainment’s fourth year of operations. To say that time is moving along a little more quickly than I’d like is an understatement.
Honestly, I still feel like I’m in the beginning stages of this journey. It’s essentially true. My pace hasn’t been very fast; I’m fine with that. But I have been thinking of the direction that I’d like the business to go to.
One of the goals is Connection: Connection with my clients. Connection with the other vendors that I will undoubtedly find myself working alongside. While I’m there to do a job, there are some truths that go with the package. I do a better job all around if I feel Connected to my clients. The better I understand who they are, as individuals and as a couple, the clearer my vision when it comes to how best to serve them. That clarity extends to their guests; after all, they’re chosen by that couple to witness the beginning of a very important chapter of their lives. That needs to be taken into consideration.
There’s one more set of Connections that clients never truly consider unless one or more of their vendors bring it to their attention – Connection between the vendors working alongside each other. At these events, no vendor is truly autonomous; it’s all a group effort, each of us doing our part in the name of service to our mutual client. If we are aware of each other’s work ethics, aware of how we approach the tasks at hand and understand how best to work WITH each other along the way, it leads to a MUCH more cohesive event for all involved.
Now that I’ve set that particular stage, I’d like to direct attention to a collaborator that I REALLY enjoyed working alongside. She’s a photographer, wife, mother; when she smiles, it lights up the room and she’s just Good People. After working with her, I followed her on Instagram. It was there that I began to learn more of her personal story. While I won’t relay that story here, it did motivate me to see if she’d be so kind as to allow me to interview her for the BTB blog. I’m QUITE glad that she did. Her name is Krista Reynolds. With that said, let’s get to know Mrs. Reynolds a little better, shall we? (Author’s Note: Some answers have been edited for clarity.)
What inspired you to get into photography?
I have loved photography ever since I can remember. I did a 4th grade project on it and photographed horses on film. I still have those photos. Something just drew me to it at an early age. I never thought I would make a career out of it though.
What drove you to the wedding industry?
Originally, I wanted to be a wedding planner. I have always loved weddings and really liked the idea of being a part of all the details. I thought I would try my hand at photographing them back in 2007! My very first wedding was 7/7/07 and I was hooked!
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I love that I get to meet so many incredible couples that quickly become friends. I get to hear awesome love stories and be around people in love! It’s simply the best!
Do you have any favorite wedding trends?
I love the blush colors! Give me all the blush rose!!!
What makes you unique among other wedding photographers?
I spend a lot of time getting to know my couples. They are not just another client to me. They have invited me into one of the biggest days of their lives and it’s truly an honor to be there. They become like family to me! I also make it my priority to completely serve my couples from the moment we first interact. If they have any questions at all, even if they don’t pertain to photography I am there to help!
I’d like to sincerely thank Krista for taking the time to answer my questions. It was a privilege to find out how she got into the industry and I look forward to discovering more about her personal story. If you’d like to check out her work and potentially connect with her yourself, click here to go to her website.