For our most recent photoshoot, we headed to the Bonneville Salt Flats with fashion blogger Officially Quigley and sought-after wedding photographer India Earl. These talented ladies have been on our partnership wishlist for a while, and we’re happy to report that they’re even more wonderful in person! Plus, Quigley and her husband are seriously #couplegoals. Take a peek behind the scenes and read what India and Quigley have to say about their careers, marriages, and wedding planning.
Tell us a little bit about your backgrounds?
India: I’m a 22-year-old worldwide destination wedding and elopement photographer based in the mountains of Utah. I’ve been shooting since I was 14 when I got a camera for Christmas. I’m self-taught and learned by shooting self-portraits (aka running back and forth with a 10-second timer in my backyard, haha). I started shooting weddings when I was 16, and instantly fell in love. I went to college for 2.5 years and then dropped out to pursue photography full time. My business took off, and I’ve been a full-time photographer ever since!
Quigley: I’m a fashion and travel blogger based in Los Angeles, California. I’m originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and moved to LA in 2011 to pursue music. (Fun fact: I was on American Idol Season 8!) I’ve always loved fashion, so I began to shoot my outfits and post them on Instagram. I didn’t intend to become a blogger—it happened organically! I feel so lucky that I get to be creative and play dress-up for a living!
India, what do you love most about photographing weddings?
I: Probably the emotional aspect as well as being able to connect with such incredibly loving people that I otherwise would have never met. I love that my job is basically me being surrounded with an environment of love, happiness, beauty, and chocolate fondue fountains.
Do you have any advice for couples hiring a wedding photographer?
I: Don’t just hire someone because of their portfolio; hire them because you vibe with them, trust them, and feel like you can be 100% yourselves with them! The photos will turn out a million times better because you’ll actually look like yourselves in the photos, not some stiff, over-posed, awkward version of yourselves!
You often work with your husband. What is that like?
I: Pretty much the best thing ever. It makes shooting so much easier with couples because it feels more like a double date rather than a “photographer-client” relationship. Jay bromances way hard with the guys I shoot, so that makes it even more fun.
It’s also super nice being able to travel with him because we get to experience everything together; the amazing views, the cultures, the missed flights, the good times and the hard times that come along with traveling.
Quigley, how would you describe your personal style?
Q: I describe it as “Gl-ama”! That’s short for glamorous grandma because it’s a little bit of vintage, mixed with a little glam! Or I sometimes say Art Teacher Chic. I like bold pieces that an art teacher would pick out, but elevated with something edgy and modern. Big, colorful accessories and prints are my favorite!
You and your husband are the cutest! How did you meet?
Q: We met working at a bar! I was a cocktail server and Alex was a bartender, which is funny because this is exactly how my parents met too!
What was your wedding like? Do you have any tips for brides-to-be?
Q: I really wanted an intimate destination wedding with a small group and a crazy cool photoshoot, and Alex really wanted a huge party for our friends and family. We decided, why not have it all? We had a small ceremony in my mom’s backyard for our immediate family and so that my grandparents could be there, a destination shoot in Arizona, and a huge backyard blowout in Alex’s mom’s backyard. It was a whole summer of festivities!
My advice for brides-to-be is that there’s no wrong or right way to celebrate! Follow your heart and make up the rules as you plan.
How did you connect with India?
Q: I have been a fan of India’s for a while! We both used the same photographer, Jordan Voth, to shoot our weddings. We connected on Instagram through Jordan and have been planning to meet up and get creative together for quite some time. I’m so glad our busy schedules finally allowed us to collaborate!
What was the best part about shooting together?
Q: India just makes me smile! She is so full of life and energy on set! I can’t wait to shoot with her again in the future. We had such an amazing team, and I was blown away by the location. The Bonneville Salt Flats are UNREAL! It felt like we were on another planet. Such an incredible day!
I: Seeing all the talented creative women come together to create freely, but with so much intent. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than seeing people do things they’re passionate about, so it was really fun to see each one of us light up as the shoot went on, as the light changed, as the looks came together with the location, while laughing the entire time out in the desert together. It’s always an honor to work on projects with other talented creatives like Officially Quigley and Nicolette, the makeup artist.