William Innes, is the principal photographer of William Innes Photography. His specialty is wedding photography in the Southern California area. He writes for several online photography magazines and blogs, and presents photography related workshops. William is currently a member of the Panasonic Lumix Luminary team. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America and WPPI. William recently judges the Tripod Required Photo Contest.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, how do you describe your photography style?
I have been a full time wedding photographer in Los Angeles for a little over 8 years. Previous to that I spent my previous life in the Aerospace Industry. I would describe my photography style as simple and romantic. Besides weddings - I am an avid travel photographer as well.

2. In one sentence what has photography done for you in your life?

It has given me the opportunity to be my own boss.

3. When did you start taking photos and what inspired you to get started?

When I was seventeen my Dad was given a 35mm Pratika camera. I became interested in all the buttons and dials. I was hooked. I've been shooting for more years than I will admit here, but there was actually a 10 year point in my life where I did not shoot. I was too busy with my career.

4. Do you have any influencers?

I do in all facets of photography and the arts. Too many to mention here. I will mention one of my favorite Wedding Photographers though - his name is Yervant. I took a workshop with him when I first started in weddings and both him and his work is very inspirational.

5. What has been your favorite shoot and why?

In my line of work - the next wedding you are going to shoot has to be your favorite. You really need to get you head into that space.

6. Do you remember a difficult photo shoot session? What happened?

I do. Sometimes things just don't work out the way we planned or something will malfunction. During a wedding processional my camera would not fire. This is where you have to stay calm and cool. I quickly ascertained my CF card was full. The camera I was using had two cards (one for raw and one for jpg). I calmly opened the card door and ejected the first CF card and started shooting. Now both raw and jpg were all being written to the secondary card. The lesson here is to become intimate with your gear and never panic.

7. what do you carry in your camera bag?

I've been gravitating towards the new mirrorless cameras. I love shooting the LUMIX GH4. I have about 6 lens to use with this camera. Besides photography the video on this camera is 4K.

8. Do you have a favorite subject to shoot?

For work - I love shooting the bride alone. It is my favorite part of the day. For me personally I love traveling and capturing images from other countries.

9. Do you have a favorite location and time of the day to shoot?

Like most photographers - I prefer early morning or later in the evening when the light is soft. But thats no reason not to shoot midday in harsh sunlight. There are many great images to be created in direct sun light.

10. What are you currently working on?

I just returned from a trip to Prague and I have started editing some of the photos.

11. Can you share a couple of tips with your fellow photographers?

Sure. Keep it simple. You do not need to own every single new piece of gear. A second tip would be to get organized. There are many great books and programs out there to help. Being organized will help you get more out of your shooting time.
12. Please share some thoughts on your ViewBug experience as a photographer!

Its a great place to go for inspiration. There are so many awesome photos published.