Latanya of Kiyomi Photography is a wedding, portrait and military photographer that believes there is someone out there for all of us. Her clients become friends, and she believes that every client should have a fun and enjoyable experience!
Photo Credit: Bit of Ivory Photography
What led you to photographing weddings?
I hate to sound cliche, but I LOVE love! Witnessing the union of two hearts brings a tear to my eye EVERY time and I love that I am given the opportunity to capture these special days for my brides and grooms.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day to document?
I would definitely have to say that my most favorite part of the wedding to document is the reception! Although I love every part of the day, during the reception, everyone is able to relax and enjoy themselves and I have the most fun with my brides and grooms at that time. It is guaranteed that if your DJ plays the Cupid Shuffle or the Wobble, I WILL join ya’ll on the dance floor!
What do you love most about Hampton Roads weddings?
What I love the most about Hampton Roads weddings is the awesome vendor community we have! Every vendor is supportive of each other, whether it is business related or personal. Working cohesively to provide the best customer service for our wedding clients!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I mostly find my inspiration from looking back at what I missed. I am constantly taking the opportunity to learn and improve on what I need and often look up to the elite wedding photographers we all know and love, such as Katelyn James, Justin and Mary Marantz, Amy & Jordan Demos… I can go on and on!
Can you share with us three of your favorite images from weddings you’ve shot and why you love them?
My first favorite image is the moment after the bride and groom have sealed their union with a kiss and walking hand in hand from the altar. The glance of “we are finally husband and wife!” just brings a tear to my eye, as if they are giving each other a sigh of relief that all the planning and hard work has paid off and they are finally united as one.
My second favorite image is the father-daughter dance. Regardless how many weddings I have photographed, it is guaranteed that I will be tearing up along side everyone else. The raw emotions felt as we witness daddy having his last official dance with his daughter.
My third favorite image is the look when the groom looks at his beautiful wife. Their love emits as they glance at each other and it definitely shows!
What is your absolute favorite Hampton Roads venue to shoot at and why?
Gah! Do I have to pick one?! If I HAD to pick one, I would have to say that my most favorite venue to shoot at is The Woman’s Club of Portsmouth. I just love what the venue has to offer for every bride, whether if they want to have an outside ceremony on the back deck, or in the beautiful ballroom that can be transformed into a bride’s dream.
What are some great personal touches you have seen in weddings you have shot?
What awesome personal touches I have seen and love was an asian inspired wedding. Both the bride and groom loved the asian theme, and they definitely brought it in every aspect. The bride’s sash was a gift that her husband bought for her, and the groom is an artist that actually created two great background pieces for their ceremony! I can’t stress how BEAUTIFUL it was!
What do you do in your free time to relax?
In my spare time, I am usually spending time with my husband, but right now just spending time with my son while daddy is currently deployed. I am looking forward to his return and for us to go do things as a family! We usually love to watch movies or playing video games.
What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple who is searching for a wedding photographer?
The best piece of advice I can give to a couple is to make sure that you are selecting your wedding photographer based on their talent versus their price. After the wedding is done, the dress is hung up and pushed to the back of the closet. The food has been eaten, and the decorations put away. But the photos? They last forever, and give you the best memories of that special day! Also ensure that you have that “feeling”. You don’t want to hire a photographer that you don’t feel comfortable with! Most of brides become like sisters to me, and almost feel like I’m part of their family!