Rodney Bailey’s professionalism and skill have made him one of Washington DC’s (and beyond) most sought after photographers. It is a pleasure to have the chance to chat with him and learn more about his business.
CL: What led you into wedding photography?
RB: An interest at the age of 12 when I purchased my first camera, which led to taking photos of everything.
CL: What is something unexpected you have learned (or learned about yourself) from owning your business?
RB: That it is a challenge to run a business that you don’t love. That’s why I am so fortunate to have a love and a passion for the artistic side of photography, and also for the business side.
CL: So true. Share with us one technique you use to relax (or relax your clients) during a wedding?
RB: It’s simple: stay relaxed yourself and that will help the client relax.
CL: Very sound advice for any one in the industry! What do you wish you could shout from the rooftops about your business?
RB: No rooftops! Just a whisper in all of the clients’ ears looking for a true photojournalist…”you have found one”
CL: What is the most unusual request you have ever had?
RB: A circus wedding! The couple got married under a big-top circus tent with regular audience members. It was in the middle of a circus that they had their ceremony. And the elephants lived happily ever after.
CL: Wow! Sounds totally unique, fun, and challenging. So glad the elephants had a fairytale ending! What is your favorite first dance song?
RB: It changes so often but I think it’s best when it reflects the clients’ tastes and it works for them.
CL: What is your favorite moment to capture at a wedding?
RB: The entire story from start to finish. Being a photojournalist, it’s all about the prep, details, the real moments that occur during the entire day.
CL: Where do you stand: the Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
RB: I’m Elvis.
I love it when I learn something new about someone! Elvis is the King!
Thank you for your time, Rodney!