In case you haven’t heard (we’ve been shouting it from the rooftops!) our fabulous ‘Your Wedding Your Way’ Smashing Summit is tomorrow, 31st January, and to celebrate, and get you in the mood, we thought we’d treat you to a very special edition of ‘Five Minutes With…’ !
This is a feature where we spend five minutes in the hot seat with one of the wedding industry’s top-ranking movers and shakers, and if you haven’t caught up with the last two editions, featuring the phenomenal Ron Ben-Israel and Mindy Weiss respectively (both headline speakers tomorrow night too, along with Monique Lhuillier and Galia Lahav’s chief designer, Sharon Sever, amongst many others), go check them out after you’ve relished today’s fabulous interview!
So today, we’re honoring one of the industry’s most incredible photographers, and another of the headline speakers tomorrow night. Ladies and gentlemen, please lose your minds for the one and only Duke Khodaverdian!
Duke is the founder of Duke Images, an international wedding photographer at the top of his game and an absolute photography genius! Don’t take our word for it, check out his incredible work on his website and Instagram.
Duke is, without a doubt, one of the greats. He has been an international wedding photographer for over seventeen years, combining his technical expertise, innovation, and fine art, to create images that have set trends for weddings the world over.
We adore how he brings his eye for fashion photography into the mix, combining it with a second-to-none understand of lighting, composition and a photojournalistic approach. Most importantly, Duke is a big believer in the essential nature of the relationship between client and photographer, and we couldn’t agree more.
We love how invested Duke is in every couple’s special day, and how he takes the time to build an excellent rapport with each client and their families.
Oh, and he has also earned countless accolades and features in leading print and online publications, including Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Style Me Pretty, Strictly Weddings, People Magazine, Inside Weddings, and The Knot – what a career!
We’re crazy about Duke’s answers. We’re equally obsessed with The Crown and the small SUV for his chocolate lab is beyond! We know you’ll also fall in love with Duke and his work, so don’t forget to tune in to hear him speak tomorrow at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / and 9pm GMT. See you then!
5 Minutes with… Duke Khodaverdian
— Yves Saint Laurent
— Binge watching Netflix (Currently The Crown)
— My dad coming home from his business trips with tons of gifts for us
IN THREE WORDS YOU’RE….
— Nice, Approachable, Creative
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN THE MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
AS A CHILD YOU WANTED TO BE?
— An engineer
SECRET TO A HAPPY RELATIONSHIP?
— Compromise and Respect
YOUR BEST QUALITY?
AND YOUR WORST?
LAST MEAL ON EARTH?
— Bulgarian feta cheese, basil and walnuts on Armenian Barbari bread with earl grey tea
DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS?
— Robert De Niro, Annie Leibovitz, Jon Stewart, Oprah
— When I sat across Muhammad Ali at a hotel breakfast table with his wife and another photographer for two hours.
We talked a lot and he did a couple of his stunts that scared the heck out of us!
— I did an amazing out of this world old Hollywood themed wedding at the historic Union Station in Los Angeles
— Shooting a wedding in a palace in India
TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?
— Traveling to Chile
— Excellent photographic memory
— Life is complicated, so find something you really love and just do it
WHERE IS HOME?
— Los Angeles, California
MOST EXTRAVAGANY PURCHASE?
— Bought a small SUV for my chocolate lab 🙂
NIGHT IN OR NIGHT OUT?
— Night In
Ski-ing in Park City, Utah with my family