Vendor Spotlight: Feather & Twine
We have had the pleasure of working alongside Kelsey and Talon of Feather & Twine for a few years now, and we cannot speak highly enough of these two. Kelsey and Talon are not only incredibly talented photographers but they are also just a joy to be around. These two always stay authentic to each and every one of their couples which ultimately make for some of our favorite wedding photographs. We could not think of two better people to feature for our first ever Vendor Spotlight Q & A. Enjoy!
Q- When did you first pick up a camera?
Kelsey- “When I was about 15 I told my parents that I wanted a camera so that I could take pictures. They gave me one of my step-dad’s old film cameras from when he was in high school and said, “Show us you can shoot a couple of rolls on this, we’ll get them developed for you, and then we’ll go from there.” I’m pretty sure they thought I would be over it in two weeks and move on to the next thing, but I took to it immediately and carried my camera around with me everywhere. From then on I was planning shoots every weekend with my friends.”
Q- When did you shoot your first wedding?
K- “I photographed my first wedding when I was 17 for a friend of a friend. I wasn’t even supposed to be the photographer. I actually hated it. I thought this is so stressful.”
Q- When did you meet Talon and how did the two of you begin your work relationship?
K- “I met Talon around the same time that my aunt closed her photography shop. A lot of her friends were getting married and so she was sending them my way. Talon has always been very creative, and he’s one of those people who is good at everything he does so I knew that he would take to it well. I asked him, “Do you want to be my second shooter at these weddings?” And so it all happened in a happy turn of events. Then Talon and I did 5 or 6 weddings that year, we moved to Dallas and that’s when things really took off.”
Q- When did y’all create Feather & Twine?
K- “We rebranded to Feather & Twine in 2012.”
Q- How would you describe the style of Feather & Twine?
K- “I am a little biased so hopefully other people get this read as well but I like to think that our style is very ethereal, nostalgic, romantic and natural. I am always trying to blend both the modern and the nostalgic aesthetic, because that’s innately who I am. I always want our work to be very artful and beautiful, but also still fast paced, imperfect and fun— what life is.”
Q- How has it been working so closely alongside your spouse?
K- “There have definitely been difficult moments 100% as there are in any relationship. You learn a lot about communication very quickly because you spend all your time together and you learn what the other’s pet peeves are, how they work best or how they don’t work best. I’ve learned so many ways that Talon is different from me but how his strengths balance me out and how I can learn from him. Most people think it’s weird how we started dating and then basically started working together two months later, but we just immediately knew that we were the ones for each other. Working with my husband has been one of the most wonderful surprises and dreams come true ever. There is something so special about being able to work together because I know at the end of the day that Talon is on my team no matter what. Anytime that we are having a work argument I know that at the end of the day he is just trying to do what is best for us and vice versa. We are both working hard towards the same goal.
Q- What are three questions couples should ask a potential photographer before booking them?
K- First, Couples should always ask for multiple full galleries from their photographers. It’s really important and it’s the only way that you’re going to see exactly what they could be delivering to you on your wedding day, and if it’s what you want.
Next, I would recommend asking about their style of direction. Some photographers are very hands off. You’re doing your own thing and they just put you in good light. Some are very hands on and they want to pose you and help you. It’s important for couples to figure out what they can expect on their wedding day, because every couple, I think, envisions how the photography experience will go, both good and bad.
Third, I always appreciate when our couples ask us what inspires us the most and what we are looking for in a successful client relationship. With such a huge wedding industry I think it is so important to know that both the photographer and clients are on the same page. You want to go into your wedding day completely trusting them. Ask questions that assure you of your decision and allow you to put 100% of your trust into them to capture the day as they do.
Q- Are there any red flags couples should look out for when hiring a photographer?
K- Kind of the obvious like if the photographer doesn’t have a contract or if they do not want to send you full galleries. Those are two major red flags. Also anytime that pricing seems too good to be true I would say that is also a major red flag. This could mean they might not have the right experience or they might not be making enough money back from the wedding which could cause a lot of problems. And then I would always recommend meeting with a potential photographer in person or on video chat just to make sure that you vibe and feel totally confident with your decision moving forward.
Q- What can a couple expect when they have their first session with you?
K- We have usually met the couple for coffee or over google hangout so they already have familiarity with us, but I usually start the first 30 minutes or so as a warm-up period. I ask a lot of questions and try to learn as much as I can about them. I also am watching the way they interact with each other. I always give them a breakdown of what we feel like makes the best engagement session and that seems to make everyone feel a little calmer. Getting them to relax as much as possible is always the best answer.
Q- Are there any tricks y’all use to make your couples feel more relaxed in front of the camera?
K- We always play music, because I think it takes a lot of the awkward silence out of the mix. Talon and I are also big believers in good energy and so we’re always trying to project a really calm and relaxed energy into our couples, giving them a lot of encouragement. I always try to tell our couples to think of the session as really concentrated quality time with each other that you don’t normally get in daily life. Focus on loving each other and appreciating one another.
Q- What is your favorite wedding day moment to capture?
K- Weirdly it changes every season. I think a lot of it has to do with my emotional state. My two classic favorite moments that I’ll never not love are first looks and recessionals. I really love moments that are the purest joy when couples are loving each other and their people, the moments when Talon and I fade into the background.
Q- Coolest destination your photography has taken you to so far?
K- Two really big recent career highlights were a vow renewal on the coast of Portugal and an engagement in Paris. I never thought that somebody would want to fly us to Europe to photograph anything for them. Every time people want to fly us out to their wedding it’s so special to us.
Q- What excites y’all the most about the future of Feather & Twine?
K- Currently the thing I’m most excited about is continuing to experiment more with film and then expressing the most authentic and genuine reflection of our couple’s wedding days in the most artistic and unique way to us possible. We’re also really focusing on honing in on our dream clients even more so we can focus on getting to know our people really well. Right now we’re striving to continue to create art out of wedding days and express ourselves artistically while also staying true to our couples and reaching those couples that want that out of their wedding photos. I think that’s what we’re most excited about as well as to see what kind of destinations we go to.