Behind the Lens: Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography
Welcome to another Behind the Lens post where I interview a talented wedding photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Every photographer has their own distinct style so the purpose of this series is to help you choose a photographer whose style best represents you. Thus I want you to meet them not as “vendors” but as potential friends who just so happen to have the skills to creatively chronicle your special day in pictures.
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Meet Karina Picache of New England-based OhKarina Photography
I’ve only known the lovely Karina a few months but even without meeting her offline (yet) I already know that she’s a friendly and overall fun person to be around judging by our correspondence, the fact that she has (had?) purple hair, and her delightfully quirky wedding and couple photography! You’ve definitely seen her work around here — remember Dagny and Andrew’s ice cream engagement session + their DIY eco-friendly backyard wedding? Recently, you also saw Amelia & Mike’s Spirals, Ribbons, and Hot Sauce-themed DIY Wedding. A quick look at all of them and you’ll find lots of fantastic photos that show the bride & groom reeeally having fun without being afraid to look adorably silly in front of the camera… and that says a lot about Karina’s photographic style. Yup, she’s awesome at capturing genuine fun and crazy moments, beautifully at that!
If you’re quirky and fun-loving (and I know a lot of you readers are!), I think you’ll find your match in OhKarina. Please enjoy the interview and photos!
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Hello Karina! Please tell us a little bit about your photography business.
I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in New England – I bounce back and forth between Boston and NYC frequently. My style is pretty photojournalistic with a lot of candid portraiture thrown in. I love catching moments as they happen, as opposed to staging them, though I can direct when the situation calls for it. I started out in editorial portraiture and picked up journalism, and really, weddings was the best way to incorporate both. Plus, I love to have fun, and weddings are pretty much always fun. At least, the brides who choose me are always fun, haha.
Can you tell us about the quirkiest wedding or engagement shoot you’ve photographed?
I’ve had some interesting couples – I love creative, quirky, colorful couples so I think I tend to attract them. Most of my weddings are pretty quirky, mostly because, they’re so THEM. All my couples infuse so much life and color and fun into their day. If I had to choose the quirkiest ENGAGEMENT I’ve shot it’d probably be my food related ones. I had a couple who built ice cream sundaes and fed them to each other, that turned into a big whipped cream war in the backyard (hooray!). I also had a couple who gave away homemade bottles of hot sauce for their wedding, and so we did their engagement shoot during one of their cooking sessions – lots of colorful food and spices. Plus, it led to pepper mustaches and cooking pot hats.
How about the most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?
I had a guerrilla wedding last year, where the couple pretty much flash mobbed a lake with 30 people, did their ceremony, and scattered, which was pretty fun. I also shot a couple at their uncle’s house in the Berkshires, which ended up being an incredible mansion that they later turned into a venue for weddings and parties.
A wedding photography fad you will never follow?
The really retro-faded looking post-processing – and probably over post processing in general, which I feel is getting more and more common. I’m very much truly photojournalistic.
Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding (to shoot) be like?
Oh man, the possibilities are endless. Really, I think I don’t have a dream wedding I’d love to shoot. As long as the couple made it super them, and the couple themselves are totally my speed, then I’m very much a happy camper. Though I never say no to things like balloons, Chucks, tutus, bunny ears, all that colorful stuff. Throw in a couple burlesque dancers, a ribbon dancer, lots of great uplighting, maybe a pretty circus tent, and I think we’d have a good show.
Please name at least 5 songs off your dream wedding / reception playlist
Haha, this is embarrassing. My music taste is kinda poppy and cheesy. Let’s see… “Sweet Child of Mine” for the first dance, ANYTHING except “Here Comes the Bride” for the processional, and then for the reception, literally anything I can jam out to, But throw in “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae and “Your Love is My Drug” by Ke$ha for kicks and giggles 🙂
A book, movie or tv show you’d love to base a styled shoot on?
The Night Circus. I know that fad has come and gone, but I just love that book, it’s beautifully written, and the imagery is so evocative, I would just love to do a styled shoot based on it. Especially with the room with the Ice Garden in it – setting that up and shooting it would just be amazing.
Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?
Oh gosh, I’m not even sure. I don’t follow a lot of media. I’m pretty in love with Zooey Deschanel, so I’d love to photograph hers, and she can really quirk it up. There’s a couple model/artist couples out there that I follow too who’d I love to get close to, but I don’t want to seem stalkerish, haha.
If you weren’t a photographer now, what would you be?
An illustrator probably. Or a crazy girl with a camera running around the globe and pestering people, trying to find stories.
I hope you all enjoyed meeting Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography! The fun and quirky images on this page are just a taste of what she can offer!
If you want more info on this talented lady, please visit the following pages:
* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by OhKarina Photography
* Meet other featured photographers in our Behind the Lens interview series
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