For my wedding in March of 2010, I hired the lovely Jennifer Buehrer of Luna Dulce Photography and her second shooter Diana of LifeLight Image Studios. As some of you may already know, these two women were the reason I pushed myself harder in photography. I wanted desperately to photograph life in such a captivating way as they did. Every picture from my wedding is so treasured to me (which you can view here, here, here and here). Being able to give someone memories like that...it's an amazing feeling!
So today, in keeping with my last few interviews with astounding and inspiring photographers, I present Jennifer Buehrer, the gorgeous face behind Luna Dulce Photography and one of my dear friends. Thanks for being so awesome...
When did you first become interested in photography? I was a proud owner of a kodak disposable camera in high school. I took a photo of some daffodils on the school lawn (on my belly too.. i had some moves then) and my art teacher thought it was "special"... I think she thought we were all special though. But I still took it to heart! I also really admired a couple friends that took amazing photos. Christian Metts took my wedding photos and Michael Metts (now Metts Photo) who had established a little business at an early age. They introduced me to the Cannon Rebel to take pictures for scrapbooking. I just wanted good pictures of my friends and our vacations.
How long after did you decide to turn it into a job? That summer! My cousin was getting married and I wanted to take her pictures. I was the cousin with the "nice" camera! So I looked up all the fashionable photos: looking over the shoulder holding the bouquet, flowers on the train, color selection.... ect. I was on cloud nine and thought I was "the bomb". I decided this is what I wanted to do for a living! I took a wedding photos for friends and family with my trusty Cannon Rebel and my 50mm lens for two years. $300 a wedding! I sold my camera for Christmas money. A year later I started getting requests for wedding photos and senior photos. I decided to get a new camera. I bought a Nikon D80 and a 50mm lens. I slowly added other lenses then let my business grow! I doubled my wedding prices every year!
Your favorite photographer or biggest inspiration? When I was at my peak of thinking I was "the bomb", I read a book from Dane Sanders that inspired me to go to WPPI in Vegas.There, I was immediately hurled back to the beginners category. Turns out there was A LOT more to photography then taking a couple nice pictures of someone holding a bouquet. I spent three days with Bambi Cantrell. She brought me to tears with tough love. I walked away from her class with a new confidence. I was inspired by Jerry Ghionis' posing techniques and spirit, Dane Sanders was my motivation, Mike Colon was just a dream boat, and Jonathan Canlas was the direction i wanted to go.
Your very favorite subject to photograph? Couples! I love the emotional connection in couples. And My baby Perry. He's so funny.
What keeps you motivated on a daily basis? Food motivates me. But photographically. God's beauty motivates me! The wind, the smell of the seasons, green grass, peacefulness of falling snow, the sun, the clouds, sand in my toes, and His grace!
Favorite hobby or past time outside of photography? I love to walk! I also love going to drive in movies. It's not really the movie watching... it's the popcorn and the fact that you get to eat in your car. I guess i could do that at home... but there is just something i love about it. Recently I have decided I like to wave jump. Lake Michigan has big warm waves on windy days. Diving, Jumping, and riding them all makes me happy scream.
Any favorite musicians that keep you plugging away during editing or do you prefer working in silence? I actually enjoy talk radio. NPR is pretty entertaining to me. sometimes I like to listen to Creative live if it's playing. Any chance to learn... I'll take it!
Advice for photographers breaking into the wedding business? Keep learning but fight the urge to be like someone else! The more you learn the easier it will be to find your style. If you find yourself to similar to others around you, take it as a challenge and think of something new and exciting!
Thank you Jennifer for stopping by today! You all should DEFINITELY check out her pages here:
....and because I just can't resist, here's a little photobooth snap shot us at the first wedding I ever "photographed". I didn't know crap, but Jennifer was awesome and let me help her out ;)
P.S. The DITTO GIVEAWAY has ended and our winner is.....
Congrats girl! Emailing you now.