Lauren Trezise is a Knoxville wedding photographer (totally open to travel) whose company name is Petal & Ivy. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting with Lauren and talking about her business and how she’s different from other photographers. Here are a few of those reasons!
Tell me a little about yourself.
Hey, I’m Lauren. I’m a full-time elopement and intimate Knoxville wedding photographer. Ever since I got my little Canon Powershot when I was 11 years old, I knew I wanted to be a photographer. I’ve gotta say, I never dreamed this day would come, but I’ve been so blessed to be where I am doing what I love. As for what you get when you know me, I’m pretty goofy but also sentimental. I’m a deep thinker, all about the little things often overlooked, and I tend to carry this unique perspective into my work. Some random facts about me are that I have a Spotify playlist for every mood you can imagine, I don’t have a favorite color but I nerd out on color palettes, and I wanna live in an A-Frame in the PNW someday. I’m always planning my next adventure.
How would you describe your photography style, both aesthetically and the way you document the day?
Aesthetically, I’d say it’s fairly romantic and dreamy with a touch of vintage and muted colors with plenty of neutrals depending on the setting. The way I document the day is typically from a documentary perspective. I try to capture the story and how things “felt” as the day was unfolding. I think the best photos are the ones that invoke a lot of emotion.
Who is your ideal client/couple?
Spontaneous, goofy, artsy clients that appreciate photography as a form of art. Bonus points if they don’t mind being vulnerable and authentically themselves in front of the camera.
As a Knoxville wedding photographer, what question do you get asked most often by inquiring couples? What is your answer?
I find that most couples will express nervousness about getting in front of the camera. Nearly everyone I work with has never had professional photos. Many people ask how the process will work, and they even warn me that they’re super awkward, but I don’t let that discourage them at all! I explain to them that I try to avoid awkward, stiff poses that leave them feeling bored and uncomfortable. I focus on keeping them connected with each other, whether it’s a sweet, intimate moment or they’re in all-out tickle attack mode. It’s all about having fun and creating an environment for them to be themselves and then capturing whatever comes next.
What is your biggest tip for couples both during their planning process and after the big day?
Keep things simple yet intentional. Write down a list of all the things you want to incorporate, then prioritize and narrow it down to whatever is most important to you both. Whatever you decide on, you can give more attention to it and do it well. It’s also helpful to book an engagement session with your photographer before your wedding or elopement. Not just for photos, but also so you have the opportunity to work with them in advance – less pressure. After the engagement session, there should be a time for feedback so you can tell them what you loved, and any ways they could improve while working with you. If you can’t do engagement photos, at least try to meet them for coffee or a FaceTime/Skype date. I know for me, I want to be more than just your photographer; I want to be your friend. As for after your wedding or elopement, take time off work to relax and celebrate together. This is a really special moment for you guys. Give yourselves some fun activities to do so you’re not just sitting around. Do something different and adventurous together. You’ve earned it!
Where can people find you, and what’s the next step to booking you?
If you want to find me, you can visit me at www.petalandivy.com. If you think I’d be a great fit for your special day, go ahead and send a request through my contact form, and I’ll be sure to reach out to hear more about your vision for your wedding or elopement day!