An Interview with Kristen Giles

What do you do to take care of yourself during the busy wedding season?

I have always been the type of person that creates so much work for myself and waits until I am sick to stop and take time for myself - which is something that I am constantly working on. I try to make a conscious effort to step away from my phone and keep “business hours” which helps tremendously!! Physically, I practice yoga pretty regularly and keep up with my water intake. Those two things, for me, keep a good balance within my emotional/physical state during the busy season.

Fun fact, I can not close just my left eye. Therefore, I either have to shoot with both eyes open (which I often get made fun of for) or shade it with my hand like this. Either way, I am extra special.

Fun fact, I can not close just my left eye. Therefore, I either have to shoot with both eyes open (which I often get made fun of for) or shade it with my hand like this. Either way, I am extra special.

Aside from camera related items, what are your wedding day must-haves?

Applesauce squeeze pouches are my go-to for snacks on a wedding day. They are portable and healthy and a great boost when I get a bit hungry before dinner starts. I also bring Alpha Brain - its a supplement that I found that heals with concentration and sustainable energy. It’s not a stimulant so I don’t crash at the end of the evening, it just helps with my focus during a busy wedding day.

What is your absolute favorite part of the wedding day? Besides dinner? Just kidding (kinda). My most favorite part of the wedding day is documenting the bride and groom getting ready. I love that I can feel the anticipation from both the bride and the groom. I get to witness how much they are looking forward to all of their hard work finally pay off. We have a unique experience as wedding photographers in that we are some of the only people that get to see both the bride and the groom preparing for the biggest day of their life, simultaneously. We get to tell the story of their last moments before they stand in front of their family and friends and say their “I-do’s”.

What is your go-to wedding outfit and why?

My go-to wedding outfit is my high-waisted black pants and a nice top. I have tried dresses, but I am way more comfortable in pants. Shoes are the biggest thing that I have yet to perfect. I think I am going to invest in a pair of Taylor’s Sorrell Hiking Shoes. I have tried so many different varieties and I am still on the search for pain-free feet at the end of a 8-10 hour day.

What is your worst fear that will happen on a wedding day?

Probably my worst fear is that I will have the date wrong in my calendar and miss the wedding. For this reason I am always double checking-triple checking dates. I have had legit nightmares about it.

Could you tell us a bit more about the gear you use? Favorite lenses on a wedding day? First of all, I shoot Nikon (Canon shooters - insert eye-roll here) ! I love Nikon and the dynamic range that their cameras have!! Every wedding I shoot with 2 Nikon D750’s and my go-to lenses are my Sigma 35mm Art and my Nikon 85m.

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Kristen Giles