With a focus in wedding and portrait photography, La Grace is dedicated to showcasing his efforts and precision in all his work. What’s most important for him, is to maintain an energy and delicacy that is comfortable and trusting for his couples.
Read more about The GRACE Pictures in this inspirational in-depth interview.
Name: Firre La GRACE Kankonde Business Name: The GRACE Pictures Founded: 2015
Describe your business. My name is Firre LaGrace Kankonde. I am a Destination Wedding & Portrait Photographer and creator of The GRACE Pictures based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I specialize in Modern Documentary and Film Wedding Photography. We travel worldwide to document lifetime memories in a modern, romantic, and elegant way. My passion is creating delicately beautiful images that tell stories. I try to immortalize the heart of these once in a lifetime occasions.
What did you do before starting your business in the wedding industry? I was working in IT and graphic design, creating content flyers and invitations for local clubs and restaurants. Photography was a hobby, and I would help students with school projects. One day I was asked by a family to cover their wedding on July 4, 2015. I prepared hard watching videos of top wedding photographers from Instagram to Pinterest to get ideas ever since then, here I am.
How long have you been in the wedding industry? I have been in the wedding industry for 4 years now. As a photographer and former groom, I understand why certain aspects of a wedding are important. I’m able to appreciate moments more because I know just how much time and planning go into that one-day event.
How would you describe your style? My style is modern, romantic, elegant, and emotional. I love to capture real love and passion in the bright photo; I mainly encourage the couple to focus on each other, and I capture their real emotions “Candid type”.
What motivates you? My next bride; I focus my energy on the next couple. The pictures I take and everything I give is for prospective brides who’ll book me based on my passion and energy.
Why should brides/grooms choose you? They’ll make themselves a new friend who takes care of their wedding just as if it were my own. I love to work with my couple in every step to create their vision. My policy, “book once, book forever.” I often give free or huge discounts to my past couples for all types of occasions. And I always stay connected through my private Facebook page for updates.
How does your company define and measure success? I measure it by the satisfaction of the couple and guests who show nothing but support.
Describe a proud moment while working in the wedding industry? Walking in the room and everyone seems really happy to have you there as the wedding photographer. Also being trusted by someone to document their biggest day and one-time life event.
What is the best compliment you have received for your work? Having people say to me that “Hiring you is one of the best decisions, I have made in my life.” When it comes to weddings, the photographer is the last person they think of, while the photo is the only thing that will be left to them forever. Not food, drink, music, places, or guests…
What is your business goal? My business goal is to expand worldwide and grow my team with many creative-minded people and make more couples around the world happy with the quality of our work and experience working with us.
What is your favorite part of the wedding industry? My favorite part of the wedding industry is being part of someone’s lifetime event and share that happiness and passion with them. I literally cry at every time the bride comes down the aisle, because that is when things get real.
What is your least favorite part of the wedding industry? Going to each table to take photos with the guests. That’s usually when the music starts picking up energy and the couple miss out on the fun. I just let them know we’ll get to the fun, but we still have to take guests’ photos for memories.
Where do you find the most inspiration? From world-top wedding photographers and on the wedding day, I let myself be carried away by the couple’s love.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know? As a wedding photographer, it is important that my couples and I get to know each other. I offer engagement sessions for couples to see my skills in the completed set of images, and to build trust. It is an advantage to offer a complimentary engagement session with every wedding package. Your wedding photographer is the one vendor that will be present your entire wedding day. You want to be comfortable and confident that they will capture your day with your vision. Offering engagement sessions is one of the foremost ways that I cultivate my relationship with my couples. A week prior to the wedding, I hold a consultation and cover wedding details to educate my couple so their day is amazing. Price is not the only factor that should be considered when hiring a wedding photographer. Being comfortable and confident in your photographer will alleviate some of your wedding day stress. It’s crucial to create the genuine and natural images that all couples are looking for. Keep this in mind, every wedding is different. Remember to be engaging and genuine so all your photos are exactly like you imagine!