Today’s vendor spotlight is on Christina Barnum Photography! Christina is a family & wedding photographer in the Hampton Roads area who also loves to go on out-of-town adventures! She believes that capturing the big and little moments is so important. We caught up with this busy bee to talk about her favorite wedding photos, fun details, and what she likes to do when she finally has time to relax!
What led you to photographing weddings?
I photographed my first small wedding in Texas, after a client asked if I would following their engagement session. From then on I was hooked. I LIVE for moments.. connection… LOVE.. and wedding days are filled with so many of them.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to document?
I LOVE first dances. That moment… dancing together, listening to the lyrics that speak the words from your heart… your moment of peace in the middle of all the beautiful chaos. Goodness, I tear up every time. And of course I love portraits. Hanging & laughing out with my couples makes my heart sing.
What do you love most about Hampton Roads weddings?
Visiting all the beautiful places the area has to offer and meeting all the amazing people I may not have otherwise been introduced to!!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere. haha! I am a sponge when it comes to photography – I take it all in. I really enjoy watching videographers work. Seeing someone else’s perspective is so neat!
Can you share with us three of your favorite images from weddings you’ve shot and why you love them?
It’s nearly impossible to pick 3. But I will choose three to share!
1. I LOVE this image from a recent Disney World Wedding.It was SO magical. They’d just come through a tunnel of bubbles and sat down in their carriage, and had couldn’t help but smile. It makes my heart so happy!
2. I love this image because these two are in their own moment enjoying the sunset together. The sunset they missed on their wedding day due to a hurricane. Giving them this image gives me all the feels.
3. I LOVE father daughter dances. The emotion in this image speaks to me. And I am obsessed with black and white photos. So timeless and classic.
What is your absolute favorite Hampton Roads venue to shoot at and why?
Oh, that is WAY too hard. ha! I love so many different places for so many different reasons. I really love Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Their team is super nice and the beauty of that place is unreal! I also love Cousiac Manor – Having everything right there at your fingertips out in the country – can’t beat it!
What are some great personal touches you have seen in weddings you have shot?
My bride and groom, Sharra & Darin had a paw print put on their cake, because their dogs couldn’t attend! I thought it was THE CUTEST little detail ever.
What do you do in your free time to relax?
I am obsessed with staying in hotels! My husband and I try to do mini getaways… even if it’s only an hour away. I also love to snuggle my kiddos, roam the aisles at Target and drink wine while we watch Netflix.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple who is searching for a wedding photographer?
Find someone you can get along with… Someone that you love & can trust. Trust is HUGE. You’re going to be sharing such intimate moments, and having that connection with your photographer will make you relaxed and make your images even BETTER! Photographers are with you the entire day from – start to finish so it’s important you get along! And of course you someone who’s work speaks to your heart and soul!!!