Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight the super cute Chris Shepard from Shepard Photography! Chris balances his funny, witty and relatable personality with incredible work ethic. His love for weddings and photography is evident in his beautiful work! Take it away Chris!
Tell us a little about your company? We are a lifestyle wedding photographer based in Roseville. I’m Chris; owner, photographer and pretty much everything else for the company. Weddings have become my life, and I LOVE it! What other job do you get to go to parties for a living?!
When did you establish your business? I shot my first wedding in the summer of 2005.
Where do you find inspiration? I find my inspiration from everyday life and from fashion magazines. All my friends get a good laugh out of all the fashion magazines sitting on my coffee table when they find out they are mine and not my wife’s!
But, also, the great thing about weddings is that they are such a happy time — it’s easy to find inspiration in the wedding itself. All you have to do is look for it!
Do you have any hidden talents? LOL, I don’t know if this is a talent but I know way too much useless information about Disneyland. It’s my favorite place in the world!
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? Oh yes!! Every wedding and engagement session makes an appearance on my blog. You can see it here – shepard-photography.com/blog
What’s your favorite local restaurant? It’s a toss up between Paul Martin’s American Bistro in Roseville and Hot Italian in midtown… if I HAD to choose, it would be Hot Italian, sorry Paul! Their wood fired pizza is AMAZING!
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Definitely wine tasting, we’re so lucky to be so close to so many great wineries! Napa, El Dorado, Amador, Lodi… they’re all great!
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? I’ve recently discovered a new wine varietal that I’ve been obsessed about: Riesling. Kendall-Jackson’s ’08 Vintner’s Reserve Riesling is incredible and not too expensive!
What are you most grateful for in life? My beautiful, awesome wife Angela!
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? First and foremost photography, and not just because that’s what I do. It’s all you have left after your wedding day, so it’s never a good idea to skimp on a good photographer. Second is a good DJ/Master of Ceremony. I’ve seen too many weddings fizzle out before they even get started because of a non-existent or really bad DJ. A good DJ can get the party going and keep it going.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? It’s your day, so don’t let other people take it over. Choose the vendors you want, the colors you want, the music you want. Make it yours!! But the most important thing is ENJOY yourself!
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? Rock on!
Find out more about Chris and Shepard Photography by visiting his Web site, blog and Facebook page.
Photos courtesy of Shepard Photography.