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Behind the Lens: Felicia V. Photography

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

I know it's been a while since I've done a Behind Lens post, but we're back and it's great. I have a few people lined up and I can't wait to share. My first post hopping back in is featuring the one and only, Felicia of Felicia V. Photography!

If anyone knows me, then you'll know Felicia is someone I've followed for a while and I've always admired her wedding photography. Keep reading below to learn more about Felicia and her business behind the lens!

1. How long have you been doing photography?

Since 2017

2. What inspired you to pick up your camera and start shooting pictures? ( I know that you modeled before you became a photographer as well.) When I was younger, I was a model and I remember being on set shooting a commercial at Disney World with One Republic and seeing how everything was going down Behind The Scenes truly sparked my interest. Crazy enough I still didn't pick up a camera until maybe two years after that shoot in 2015 while vacationing in New York City with my husband. While there I had him model on a rooftop and I loved posing him and taking his photos so much that I then realized " I can do this!". Months later after much practice and "Youtube University" I photographed my first wedding at my church and the rest is history! 3. How has it been opening your own studio?

It has been an unreal dream come true! Still can believe it to be honest. It wasn't as hard and impossible as I thought it would be. I believe it was easier for me because of my experience with operating multiple Airbnb properties. 4. What do you enjoy most about shooting weddings?

I love LOVE. I love that even when the moment of ( their wedding day) has passed they will be able to look back on that day and instantly remember that moment. I also love the food too not going to lie haha 5. What's the most challenging thing about being a wedding photographer? The hardest part is the agonizing pain your body feels the day after the wedding when your entire body is angry at you for carrying 20+ pounds of gear, bending over more than 100 times, not eating for 7 hours straight sometimes, picking up dress trains, wiping sweat and all the things us wedding photographers do without a thought in the moment because we love our couples THAT MUCH! 6. How did you transition into doing photography full time? Was that always the goal when you initially started?

I prayed about it and asked for some type of sign that it was time...Let's just say the sign came with flashing lights and it was time to go. I had been working at my then corporate job for 9 years. My goal at the time as to book at least 1 or 2 weddings per month. 7. What current gear do you shoot with?

Sony bodies and g master lens; 85,70-200, 24-70 8. What advice would you give to a bride on their wedding day when it comes to preparing for photos?

Remember that even if something goes wrong ( because things do happen) the biggest win of it all is that you are marrying your best friend. 9. What was life like before you were doing photography?

I worked full time at an alarm company and was drained all the time from working. 10. How do you balance being a photographer, a mom and a wife?

Some days I balance some days are absolutely insane, and that's ok. It will never be perfect and I am ok with that; I am happy! Making a schedule of everything and keeping a google calendar helps me THE MOST! 11. What's the biggest misconception about being a wedding photographer?

That you just take photos. When in reality you're a Marketing Executive, an accountant, a writer (Instagram post), Film director (Instagram reels), story teller, editor and so much more than just a person with a camera. 12. What advice would you give to someone who is starting out and wants to get into photography?

Focus on your craft, shoot as much as you can to learn what you love to shoot and what you don't love to shoot. Try not to dwell on how other people's business may seemingly be going because you never know the full story or their struggles. Believe in yourself and go after your dreams whole heartily.

You can follow and support Felicia here:

Instagram: @feliciavphoto

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