holly gardner photography
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
Because APW couples focus on what’s important and realize that a wedding is, above all, about celebrating their love. When I was getting married I searched high and low for advice on planning a practical wedding and quickly ended up on APW. After reading the blog and discovering the vendor listing, I was sold. APW attracts like-minded people – people that just want to love one another and be happy! People like me. People like you.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
Creeper. Gumby. Those are the two names I’m called most often from people that have seen me photograph weddings. I like to hide out in corners and capture people when they don’t know I’m there, and I’ve been known to contort my body into ridiculous positions to get the shot. I always take the time to get to know my couples so that on their wedding day we’ll already feel like friends. Throughout most of the wedding day I remain purely photojournalistic, but I also love to capture more artistic couple photos- of course then I have to talk. I believe that everyone deserves to have phenomenal wedding photos that will stand the test of time, no matter their budget.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I’m a mother, so I spend a lot of time singing silly songs. Other than that, sailing, kayaking, and hiking are some of my favorite activities. I’ve been really into organic gardening and learning the slackline as well. I used to be a gymnast and diver, so I’m still holding out hope that I can one day join the circus…
What’s your favorite book?
Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” No matter how old I get, it still entertains me! I actually have an entire wall filled with books, and try to rotate reading a serious non-fiction work with some chick lit. I also have a growing collection of antique books –you just can’t beat the smell and feel of an antique!
What’s your favorite movie?
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain. I first saw the film when I was living in France and was so captivated by the plot and cinematography that I watched it again and again. I had a hard time understanding all of the words because there were no sub-titles, but even without words it was amazing. I then watched it so many times that I finally figured out everything they were saying. I love the music, Amelie’s naivete, all the scenes of places dear to my heart, and the story of how she discovers love. It’s the perfect film.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Hmmm… I have pretty eclectic musical tastes, so it depends on what day you can catch me. Right now it’d have to be Manu Chao’s “Bongo Bong.”
Explain your travel policy:
I love to travel and keep my passport ready at all times! I’ll waive travel fees for any APW couple that books 6 hours of photography or more.