Wedding Photographer Q&A
For photographer Josh Isaacs, keeping cool is key.
Josh Isaacs Photography
Pleasant Hill resident Josh Isaacs always had a knack for photography. But he didn’t start shooting weddings until he met Eli Pitta, a renowned photographer who let Isaacs tag along on the weekends—for two years. When Pitta asked Isaacs to complete an assignment on his own, Isaacs knew he had the skills to go solo.
Q: You’ve been shooting weddings for a few years now. What does it take?
A: It starts with being able to see a moment and take a photograph that is above average and all encompassing. It tells a story but can also be put on a wall. That’s where it starts.
Q: What else is involved?
A: The photographer has the most intimate job of the day. We are with that couple—and most often the bride—in the most vulnerable spots of their lives, in the morning and at the end of the day. We get close and watch these families grow. The client ends up caring about you very much.
Q: How so?
A: There are four or five couples I’ve had the chance to watch grow. I didn’t understand that part of the job until I photographed a wedding, and then a family shoot, and then a first birthday party. That’s when it hit me that there’s no end to it. If I do my job right, I get to be a part of these families.
Q: What’s the most exciting wedding you’ve captured?
A: I shot a cowboy wedding at Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton with Eli. The men were dressed in nice Wranglers and button-up shirts, and the bride rode in on a horse.
Q: And the hardest?
A: I did a 200 person at Alpha Omega Winery alone. The bride was very specific, but she only wanted me. When I got in the car, I was exhausted. My arms hurt, but I got every shot.
Q: How do you keep your cool?
A: I don’t feel panicked anymore. Usually, the experience is calm as long as I’m prepared. There are a few tricks, like checking your work often and zooming in on it really quickly to tell if you got what you needed.
Q: What shot can’t you miss?
A: For the ceremony, there’s this one little set: I need her looking at him, but what she’s seeing is his face as he’s seeing her for the first time.
Q: What do you love most about shooting weddings?
A: At first, they terrified me because I didn’t want to screw it up. But now, I love the little moments. There are moments everywhere, and that’s what it’s all about.
Josh Isaacs Photography, (925) 285-7316, jjisaacs.com.