Interview: Kristin Tetzner of Studio10 Photography
The shutterbug you choose to capture your wedding day will be one of the biggest decisions you make during the planning process. The Knot explains, “Research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanor are extra-important when choosing your photographer.” We love Kristin Tetzner of Studio10 Photography’s style and approach to capturing some of life’s biggest moments. We think you’ll feel the same.
Tell us a little bit about yourself —
My name is Kristin Tetzner, I am 33 years old and I live and work in Washburn, Wisconsin. I received my BFA degree with a traditional photography emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2004, and I spent time working as a graphic designer before pursuing my teaching certificate in 2006. In addition to running my photography business, Studio10 Photography, I work full time as the middle and high school Visual Art & Design instructor at Washburn High School. When I am not teaching or working with photos, I can usually be found trying to keep up with my one-and-a-half year old son, Weston, or spending time with my wonderful husband of 4 years, Matt.
My photographic specialty is wedding and engagement photography, but I also take on many other session types. I prefer natural lighting and I love for my images to tell a story.
How did you get into wedding photography?
Photography has been a passion for me ever since I was a kid; I was in heaven when my grandmother handed down her Minolta film camera to me (which I still use today- works great!). In college I had an inspiring photography professor who convinced me that I had what it took to major in fine art photography, and I spent the next seven semesters shooting and refining my developing and printing skills in the darkroom.
I am a little amazed when I think back on my first wedding photography experience, which was photographing a friend’s reception on film, then developing and hand-printing the entire image collection in the darkroom. In 2005 I was persuaded by another acquaintance to photograph an entire wedding (this time using digital equipment), and after that I knew I was hooked. There is something both terrifying and exhilarating about photographing a wedding, but I absolutely love the challenge and I can say that I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing people.
What is the most challenging thing about photographing wedding?
Photographing a wedding can be quite physically and mentally exhausting. Long hours on your feet, hauling around heavy equipment and directing people can wear a person out by the end of the night. I often joke that the day following a wedding leaves me feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck. It’s totally worth it, though!
How would you describe your style?
I am drawn to images that are natural and expressive, and I would describe my style as being a blend of fine art photography and photojournalism. It’s exciting to capture those fleeting candid moments that convey the emotions of an event and help to tell a story. My style of shooting and editing images is greatly influenced by my fine art photography studies, and I am constantly thinking about the quality of light, composition and the expressive nature of the images I make. I also really enjoy the dynamics of working with couples in love! Without using much posing, I encourage couples to interact naturally so that their relationship personality shines through in their portraits.
Who // What inspires you?
A common theme in my artwork and personal photography, as well as one of my biggest inspirations, is the beauty of nature and the scenic place in which we live. I feel very fortunate to get to experience the changes of all four seasons here and to be so close to beautiful Lake Superior. I also draw inspiration from my family members; I am surrounded by some very hard-working, creative individuals.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
When I photograph weddings, I shoot with two Nikon DSLR camera bodies and a selection of 3-4 different lenses. When I work on personal projects I still enjoy shooting traditional film with my Minolta SRT-201 as well as making images with my collection of vintage Polaroid cameras and instant film.
How many images do you average per wedding?
I tend to shoot LOTS of images during a typical wedding, usually somewhere close to two thousand for an 8-10 hour wedding shoot. I narrow that number down considerably through the editing process and usually present clients with a finished collection of somewhere between 500 and 700 of the best images, all individually fine-tuned.
Where would your dream destination wedding be?
I would LOVE to shoot a destination wedding! I can think of so many great places to travel to, but my dream location would have to be my favorite place on earth to date, Ireland. The rugged and breathtakingly beautiful scenery of that country combined with its vast history would make for an incredibly romantic wedding backdrop.
To see more of Kristin’s work, visit Studio10 Photography’s website.