Today The Capture Crew are chatting with Hunter Kittrell and you’re going to seriously love this episode.
Hunter is a repeat guest, so you know we like chatting with him. You can listen here to his previous podcast.
Hunter Kittrell is an Elopement and Destination Wedding Photographer in East Tennessee.
His love for photography began when he and his wife lived in Haiti for 7 years.
Through his work with humanitarian non-profits and in the tourism industry he really began to learn the art of storytelling through photography. He was able to tell stories of people and the country through his lens and he really loved that experience.
When they moved back to the US, Hunter wanted to take his passion and incorporate it with outdoors and nature. He wanted people to fall in love with nature just as he had and he knew photography was the catalyst to help him do it.
Hunter has since built an adventure wedding photography business that brings adventure, fun and the outdoors all together for the most stunning engagement and wedding photos.
His mission during these shoots is not just to capture beautiful photos but to give his couples an experience that they get to leave with.
On average Hunter spends 2-3 hours with his couples.
Bringing them to some of his favorite and frequent locations he’s able to point out small details from their hikes to the couple so that it’s an overall adventure.
Because he’s familiar with the places he brings his couples he’s more aware of what the elements require him to bring.
Whether it’s an extra sweater or more equipment, he can be prepared in a way that helps him be more efficient and to make sure his couple understands what this requires of them, too.
If you are interested in pursuing the adventure photography niche, some things to consider are permits, rules, regulations, your environment, and safety.
Many places require special permits to shoot there, so make sure you do your research ahead of time and come prepared. The retribution for not having the proper permit can be detrimental to your business and can also result in eventually no one being able to shoot in certain spots.
Additionally, to know your rules and regulations, be aware of your surroundings. Hunter recalls one shoot he had where four baby cubs appeared nearby.
You want to make sure the experience you’re leaving your couple with is a positive one!
Read more about Hunter below and find out where you can follow him:
Hey, y’all! I’m Hunter, an award-winning Adventure Wedding Photographer based in East TN. I guess you could say that I have an itch for a good adventure! I grew up hiking, climbing, fishing, and all-around exploring throughout the Southern Appalachians. After college, I married my sweetheart and we moved to Haiti where we lived for seven years doing humanitarian work. It was there that I learned the power of photography to tell people’s stories.
In 2017 when we moved back to the states, I dreamed of the best way that I could incorporate my love for the outdoors, my passion for photography, and capturing stories worth sharing. So, I became an Adventure Wedding Photographer. What other job do you get to be in the mountains and photograph a couple during the most exciting moments of their lives?
Since then, I have joined dozens of amazing couples right in the middle of their wedding journey. Helping to lead them through the mountains and the wedding planning process. This is a pretty crazy and busy life with 4 kids and a thriving full-time Adventure Wedding business, but I wouldn’t change a thing!
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