Snow Hill, Maryland

Castle Farm Favorite Vendor’s Spotlight: Meet Photographer Andrew Nock

Andrew and Kim Nock Photographers

We included images that were photographed at Castle Farm to show off Andrew’s style! Here is our interview with Andrew Nock, unedited.

 

bride and groom embrace in front of fall foliage

Describe yourself as a vendor – What do you do for our couples?

 

We are a true husband and wife team in every way! We do not hire anyone else as a second shooter or to edit our images. We take immense pride in that fact. I shoot all the portraits and have also been shooting video clips as an option. Mostly to fill in the void we have seen over the years where couples either can’t afford one or don’t know any. My wife is not only my second shooter, she helps coordinate the day, she does an amazing job posing and always has great ideas, she knows to shoot more stills when I am doing the video and most importantly she is hands-on with all our brides while posing and photographing and I am looking at background and composition.

 

bride leaning on groom's shoulders smiling at mahogany barn door

 

 

We have been photographing weddings for 27 years! My background is in fine art and photography with a BA degree and my wife has a business degree. I absolutely fell in love with photography in college! We started this business very green. I did my first wedding by myself and even though it went great, I thought I could do better with someone to help with posing, what I call crowd control [large groups] and there were some events one person can’t do alone.

 

Bridal Bouquet of white lillies with bride and groom in woods in the background

What was your inspiration to start a wedding business?

 

When we started this business we wanted to be different from everyone else. We did the bridal shows and because we were so new it was a tough start. Our first jobs were because we were open! I took that as a challenge personally. From then on I learned everything I could, took classes, went to weekly schools and every wedding from then on and we doubled our bookings every year until we were photographing over 40 weddings a year!

 

bride and groom kissing while he dips her low in pasture

 

What type of couple should choose you? What makes you unique in the industry?

 

I think what makes us different or unique to the industry is our experience and how we handle and shoot weddings. I think what most couples want is their version of the “perfect” wedding. They don’t exist! Weddings change “day of’ right in front of you. Things will not go as planned such as weather, someone is late, hair and make-up are not finished or there are equipment issues. Trust me, all of that will happen [sometimes all at once]…the key is how you can adapt and move forward all while smiling and giving your bride the best day she can have!

 

couple in sparkler sendoff with tent in the back

What is your favorite part of a wedding day?

 

I think my favorite part of the day is the actual ceremony! We have seen a ton and the little moment when the groom sees the bride for the first time always gets me. You can always tell a lot by just a look and these are special. Being a father of three girls I have really enjoyed those special moments with our brides and their dads. It can be the first look or just walking her down the isle…it’s the little things that make my day!

 

reception tent at night

Do you have tips for couples who are planning a wedding?

 

A big part of planning is going with your gut! If you have a weird feeling or are not sure about a vendor…you are probably right! Ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask! Communication with all of your vendors is crucial! You want all of us on the same page and all working to give you the wedding you have dreamed of! Engagement sessions are very important as well, not only give you what you need for invitations or save-the-date cards, but they give you an idea of how we shoot, interact, and pose!

 

sparkler sendoff at night
What feedback do you hear most from couples about you and your services?
What we hear from most of our couples starts when we say goodbye at the end of the night! Mostly it’s how much fun we were and how much fun they had! Weddings can be stressful and filled with anxiety so we decided a long time ago to just be ourselves and have as much fun as we can! I have found that it distracts them enough to not think about it all. It will definitely show in the images!

bride and groom kissing a mini cow

What can couples do to partner with you in making their day perfect?

 

I will go back to communication! You want to make sure everyone is on the same page and working together for the bride and groom. Call, text, or email and keep in touch before the big day! I even send my brides a text the day of the rehearsal just to check in, make sure there’s nothing I don’t know about, recheck start times, and end with some encouragement or something to make them hopefully smile!

bride in front of timber frame barn portico with long flowing veil blowing in breeze
bride and groom walking in a horse pasture

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