Vendor Spotlight: Ron with RW Bagley Photography
Meet Ron Bagley, Owner of RW Bagley Photography! With a true passion for his work and a touch of southern charm, Ron will approach your special day as an unfolding story. He doesn’t simply take pictures, he captures the emotion of the moment.
What makes you or your business stand out and why should a couple hire you?
Fun. Fresh. Editorial. These are all words that I aspire to invoke with my work. I pride myself on not taking a “one size fits all” approach to wedding photography. I get to know my clients in order to provide them with a unique, and masterfully tailored experience throughout the entire wedding experience.
What’s a weird/unusual tip you tell your couples?
I often tell my clients to avoid “making eye contact” with the camera during their wedding day when they aren’t being posed for portraits. The photojournalistic photos are the best for capturing authentic memories. Anyone can pose two people and snap a quick picture. Capturing the emotion of the moment is what is important when telling a cohesive wedding day story through photography.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
Being part of my clients’ major milestones in life is truly the most rewarding part of my job. I love the fact that I get to have a front row seat to the first chapter being written in each couple’s happily ever after.
How did you get to where you are now?
I started out second shooting weddings to learn the wedding photography business. Although it often came with long drives and little pay, second shooting provided me with the invaluable experience that I used to shape my photography and customer service skills. After paying my dues in the industry, I began to shoot weddings on my own. As time went on, the venues got better, and the job became a little easier. I am truly thankful for my experiences on the way up, and I would not trade them for anything.
What’s something every couple should know before getting married?
Your wedding day only comes around once. Almost all of the money that you will spend on vendors for your big day will be just for one day. The photography will be the only wedding day expense that provides you with a permanent reminder of the happiest day of your life long after your memory fades.
What’s your go-to spot to eat in RVA?
My go-to spot to eat in RVA is Mama J’s restaurant. The service is always top notch, and the food is second to none.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a lawyer. Fun fact…I actually completed law school and worked in the legal world for several years.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I love spending time with my sons when I’m away from work. They are truly the driving force behind my ambitions to be my own boss
What’s your newest Netflix obsession?
My latest obsession is “Sneaky Pete.” I love a good thriller and its a plus that this one happens to be a comedy as well!
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on now?
The coolest thing that I’m currently working on is teaching my 5-year-old to play golf. I grew up playing golf, and now I’m passing the obsession down to him.
Learn more about Ron and how he can capture your wedding day beautifully on his website! All photos courtesy of RW Bagley Photography.