Lara Milenko

She’s be­hind the lens cap­tur­ing a cou­ple’s most spe­cial day!

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When did your love of pho­tog­ra­phy be­gin?

My par­ents bought me a Pen­tax film cam­era when I was 10. Pho­tog­ra­phy was ex­cit­ing from the very first click!

When did you shoot your first wed­ding?

About 11 years ago. I was a lit­tle ner­vous but sur­prised by how nat­u­ral it felt to cap­ture the day as a story for the cou­ple.

What do you love most about your job?

Imag­ine stand­ing in a room over­flow­ing with happy peo­ple, laugh­ter and love… and then you get to do the thing you’re pas­sion­ate about in that en­vi­ron­ment!

What’s the best part of work­ing within the wed­ding in­dus­try?

See­ing peo­ple at their hap­pi­est and con­tribut­ing to that.

How would you de­scribe your style?

Nat­u­ral in both con­tent and ap­proach. My aes­thetic is glowy and fresh, with a fash­ion ed­i­to­rial in­flu­ence.

Any mem­o­rable wed­dings?

They’re all spe­cial in their own way; they’re days full of per­son­al­ity. A par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable one was a celebrity wed­ding in Bali. It was very elab­o­rate and a vis­ual treat!

What are you asked most by brides?

Usu­ally if the pho­tog­ra­pher they meet with will be the per­son shoot­ing their wed­ding. Also, how much re­touch­ing I do (not much). I’m a big be­liever in get­ting it right at the time. I think a back­ground in fash­ion helps a lot be­cause you know how to make peo­ple look their best.

How far ahead should brides book the pho­tog­ra­pher?

I’d say 12 to 18 months ahead if you’re hav­ing a Satur­day wed­ding dur­ing peak sea­son, as those dates book quickly. Your pho­tog­ra­pher can of­fer you some di­rec­tion re­gard­ing the run­ning or­der of your day, too, which can be very help­ful if you’re feel­ing over­whelmed.

Should they bring ref­er­ences?

If you have ideas, ref­er­ences are great. Just keep in mind they’re best used for in­spi­ra­tion, rather than some­thing to di­rectly copy.

What’s next for Milenko Wed­dings?

We’re cur­rently gear­ing up for an­other big wed­ding sea­son, and have some beau­ti­ful bri­dal fash­ion edi­to­ri­als hit­ting shelves over the next few months. I’ve met a lot of wed­ding cou­ples and can’t wait to cap­ture their love sto­ries – and many more – for a long time to come.

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