Styrmir Kári & Heiðdís are wedding photographers from Iceland. We had their attention for a few minutes to share a bit more about themselves and what it is like to be local to one of the most hyped wedding locations in the world the past few years.
WUN: So, for those who don’t know you, who are Heiðdís and Styrmir Kári?
Styrmir: We are a couple, born and raised in Iceland. We have lived our whole lives here, doing photography before we started shooting weddings. I was working for a newspaper and Heiðdís was working for the magazines here in Iceland and then somehow we transitioned into weddings. That’s almost our fulltime job now. There are a few other projects on the side, but mostly weddings and related shoots.
WUN: So how long ago did you start shooting weddings?
Heiðdís: Almost four years now.
WUN: So the whole Iceland wedding photography thing was already a big deal I guess?
Styrmir: Yeah, it had already started.
WUN: So have you noticed that the wedding industry in Iceland has changed over the years?
Styrmir: Well, it’s kind of two separate things going on. You have the local Icelandic market, that hasn’t changed that much, and then there’s this whole other market of people from other countries coming in getting married and travelling, and that has blown up like crazy for the past years.
So while the local market is not that different, there are now vendors that specialise in the foreigners coming in and just servicing them.
WUN: Like Icelandic vendors or?
Heiðdís: Yes, exactly. They focus completely on foreign weddings and do not do local weddings usually. I think about 90 percent of what we do is destination elopements and not so many local weddings.
WUN: So do you notice the local people picking up on the international thing more and more or is it still mostly traditional?
Styrmir: It is still very traditional out there.
Heiðdís: People here ask “why are these people coming here and getting these amazing wedding photos and then we just have our photos in the park?” But we don’t see that many people doing something about it though.