Briefly introduce yourself and your business.
Hello! My name is Andrea Bogard, owner of Northern Art Photography. We are a Traverse City based full service photography and photo booth company. I have owned my own photography company since 2001. We specialize in weddings, portraits and events.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I personally got into the wedding industry around age 6. I would dress up my Barbies as brides and bridesmaids and put Ken in his finest suit. I would then borrow my Mom’s 35 mm camera and take photos of them! I was destined to capture weddings.
How would you describe your style?
Our style is a blend of today’s trends and techniques with timeless, classical elements woven in. We want you to look at your pictures decades down the road and still be as in love with them then as you were on your Wedding Day! Our passion is storytelling through imagery. We want you to feel your Day unfold as you look at your photos, not just see it.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part changes as I evolve as an artist and grow as a person. This season, it is the Mother/Son dance. My husband and I have two boys and I love watching the emotions between Mom and Son.
What are some of your favorite trends from last wedding season?
I love the shift in focus from bride only to bride and groom in the planning process. We are seeing a huge number of grooms take a much more active role in the planning and execution of the wedding day. It makes a huge difference from a photography standpoint when both the bride and groom have emotional buy in to the process.
How far in advance should a couple look into booking your services?
We book anywhere between 12 and 24 months for weddings and events. Occasionally we work with couples who are planning in the 3-6 month booking cycle as well.
What advice do you have for couples about the planning process?
Hire a planner! Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and a good planner can help alleviate potential stress. Enjoy this time as a couple, and relish every moment of the journey!
What do you love about living and working in Northern Michigan?
I love the pace! My husband and I and our two boys live just outside of Traverse City on 10 acres. It is a peaceful and beautiful oasis just 17 minutes from our gorgeous studio in the Grand Traverse Commons. I love living the Northern Michigan lifestyle – loving family, beautiful scenery, wonderful clients and friends, amazing weddings, good food, delicious wine and fantastic weather. It doesn’t get any better!