PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH | Michelle Larmand Photography

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CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce Michelle Larmand Photography
www.michellelarmandphotography.com as October Photographer of the Month.
Check out her blog and don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Instagram @michellelphoto!

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What inspired you to use Forbeyon?

I was initially drawn to Forbeyon’s use of metal cameo’s! My own wedding album cover had a full metal front to it and although I love it I thought mixing the cameo with beautiful materials such as leather was perfect!

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What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Forbeyon?

Exceptional heirloom quality.

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Share with us your favorite Forbeyon album and why. What materials/ options do you choose?

My favourite album is a Brooklyn Brown 10×10 flushmount with a square metal cameo in the middle and the couple’s name on the spine in gold lettering.

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What advice would you give to the first time buyers of Forbeyon albums?

Order the cover material samples! You will then see the amazing quality and colour of the various options. It is so much easier then looking at it on the screen. It’s also a great selling tool for clients, they are always impressed with the range available.

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Any suggestions for Forbeyon?

Not really, the customer service has always been great! Any issues I’ve had have been resolved promptly and efficiently.

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What inspired you to be a photographer?

I fell in love with photography as a teenager and would set up photo shoots with my friends. I would have bags and bags of film. It wasn’t until after my experience with my own wedding photographer that I decided I wanted to build my own business. My husband and I were living in large city when we got married and had to move back to my home town as he was offered a teaching position here. It was the perfect opportunity to network somewhere I knew many people. My husband is my second shooter at weddings. Clients love working with us together as we each bring our unique approach to shooting.

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How long have you been a photographer?

7 years!

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Are you formally taught or self taught?

A little of both! Mostly self taught, although I love taking a course here and there to learn something new or as a good refresher! My husband is self taught.

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How do you define your style?

Modern lifestyle story telling with a naturally romantic aesthetic. We are a wanderlust husband and wife wedding team who love to find amazing locations and light to tell our couples unique story.

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What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

Canon Mark 5D iii
Canon Mark 5d ii
Canon 50mm
Canon 35mm
Canon 85mm

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Your favorite lens?

I’d have to say at this moment my canon 50 mm, it is a great story telling lens and a perfect portrait lens in one. My husband loves the canon 85mm and canon 70-200mm especially during ceremonies.

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Share with us your favorite image and why.

This was incredibly hard question to answer as I get attached to so many of my images but this one stands out to me lately because of it’s softness and it’s strength. A beautiful bride in soft lace sitting on one of nature’s most enduring features – a tree. Taking photos of the bride is my favourite part of the day! Plus Sage is such a wonderful person I enjoyed photographing her immensely! When my clients trust me wholeheartedly we can make magic happen! Like when I said sit on that broken down tree, she’s like of course! Awesome!

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What is your most important objective when shooting?

Finding the best and most flattering light, allowing my subjects room to express themselves so the session feels natural and authentic. My motto is action, emotion and variety.

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When you are shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?

I’d have to say for weddings most of the day is instinctual, then when it’s just the bride and groom there is the ability to be a bit more planned. We give tips and some examples and as I photograph weddings with my husband we are able to model ideas and poses for them. We always encourage our clients to bring their own character into the mix.

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Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?

I get my ideas from the location, the best light in that location, what makes my clients story unique, what they are wearing, what they love to do together and what they love about each other! We love to travel and to explore so I love using new locations for every client so the inspiration is fresh!

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What’s the best part of being a photographer?

The ability to tell amazing stories, create artwork for my clients, meet amazing people and travel to new places!

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If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?

I’d be a fashion or travel blogger, or maybe both! My husband Shane is also teacher and a musician, so he’d just keep rocking that as he loves it!

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