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  • Kusko Photography

    All throughout grade school and college, I have been obsessed with perfection, symmetry and geometrical absolutes. Being neat and organized was a lifestyle and everything had to have its place. I was never an artsy person. I saw beauty in straight lines, proportion and calculations, not in paintings or photographs. What interested me at that time was engineering, not art. Thank God things change! And one day I picked up a camera, and just started shooting. I began exploring different compositions, angles, and patterns of light. I quite honesty had no idea where all of this was coming from. But deep down in my mind, everything clicked. And I fell in love with photography. The more I dove into it, the more I learned, and the more I loved it. I guess you could call me a “natural” because it felt so right to be behind the camera and to freeze time. I remember buying my first dslr; I was taken aback as to how cool it was to change lenses and to create that background blur. Then I remember purchasing my first full frame D700. I couldn’t believe my eyes, or my hands that this incredible machine now belonged to me! And the images I was able to produce using 1.8 lenses blew me away! I was so fascinated by photography that I couldn’t help but press on my quest to learn more about composition, lighting, off camera flash, lenses, camera bodies and etc. I began shooting weddings, portraits and events, among which weddings and portraits were by far my favorite! I loved working with people and capturing the beautiful moments, the emotion, laughter, and the captivating poses. Till this day, I am even more in love with photography than the day I started! I still get excited about holding my cameras, using different lenses, posing my couples, shooting candids, and editing all of the pictures. The whole process excites me!

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    I remember one wedding that stood out for me which was in the heart of Seattle. The couple was so peaceful and calm, and the photography portion was just a blast! The wedding venue was phenomenal! It was held somewhere on a 20th + floor of a high riser, and the view of the bay was breathtaking! The details, decorations and the entire wedding day was just beautiful. And me being a part of it and capturing all those moments was humbling yet very rewarding. Being a part of someone’s big day is one of the most satisfying feelings about wedding photography! The love and excitement of the bride and groom is usually much elevated and the entire atmosphere is just extremely exciting and joyful!

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    My style is very vivid. I love stronger colors, deeper blacks, higher contrast, more dramatic and saturated images. Something that will stand the test of time and in 25 years be relevant and professional. I consider myself as a commercial wedding photographer because I take the approach of photojournalism with an added emphasis on additional lights (off camera flash) to enhance my pictures; thus, raising the level of professionalism. I have tested various styles but keep coming back to this one. I believe adding and taking away light as necessary greatly improves the quality of the images and gives the clients the best possible product.

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    I love my job, and every time I shoot, I thank God for instilling in me this passion!

     

    COMPANY: Kusko Photography

    WEBSITE: http://www.kusko.photography

    SOCIAL: Facebook

  • Modelesque Photography | Wedding and Portrait Photographer

    Hey ya’ll!! My name is Kendra and I am a Wedding and Portrait Photographer from the small, yet quaint town in Southwest Virginia. When I was asked to share my work I was so honored! I am blessed beyond measure to do what I love and be a part of so many new loves, new lives, and new beginnings, it is truly a treasure I hold so very close to my heart! To me, photography is life!  It is my opportunity to leave a lasting impression and legacy of my client’s lives for generations to come.  Saying I am privileged to do this for a living is an understatement and I never take one second of it for granted!

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    Ok; time to be completely transparent…YIKES!!

    Beginning my journey in photography was a turning point in my life.  My husband and I started our family at a very young age and honestly, had struggled financially for many years.  We found ourselves brainstorming for ways to generate extra income and one day the idea just hit me like a ton of bricks…”I should start a photography business…I’ve always been good at taking photos” I said to my husband.  He eagerly but nervously agreed.  Shortly after, I purchased my first DSLR professional camera and off I went.  I began by asking friends and family to shoot with me to help build a portfolio and started to post them on my personal Facebook page.  To my surprise; I received numerous calls and messages asking little ole me to take photos for them.  I never would have imagined that I could be what I am today, a successful wedding and portrait photographer, wow I’m still blown away by it all!

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    Photography is my escape, it is my artistic view of life, and it is my passion.  I am truly blessed and thankful everyday to share my God given talent and for the opportunity to meet so many amazing people!

     

    COMPANY: Modelesque Photography

    WEBSITE: http://www.modelesquephotography.com

    SOCIAL:  FacebookInstagram

     

    “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ~Ansel Adams

     

  • JB Photography - The Journey of Seeing Life Differently

    Hi! My name is Jack. Photography is kind of something I stumbled into. I had been interested in it for a few years, but that's all it was. I didn't have the money for a camera so I just used my iPhone. Then one day my mom comes to me and asks if I want something. She hands me a black box and tells me it's my grandfathers 1981 AF2 35mm camera. I was over joyed and I took that thing everywhere snapping pictures of everything.

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    After shooting with that for several months I decided to stop by a pawn shop and I found a great deal for a 1969 Mamiya and a 1973 Minolta x370 slr camera. Which naturally I took everywhere. I shot through roll after roll of film just loving my new lens on life. imageimage

    I read everything I could find about the different functions of my cameras and just photography in general. I also shot and shot and shot.

    When I first got into photography I wasn't that interested in shooting people. I really felt like it was too complicated and it was much easier to shoot nature or architectural photos. So that's what I did!

    After shooting for about a year or so on film, I was given a digital camera for Christmas in 2014. I loved it! While it was only an entry level camera, gone were the days of only being able to shoot 25-30 frames at a time. I could shoot and reshoot without denting the wallet. I started really digging into the digital side and learning programs like Lightroom and Photoshop.

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    After a while I had a friend approach me and ask me to shoot their wedding. I remember being super nervous about it. Someone wanted to pay me to take their pictures?? All the worst scenarios played out. What if they didn't like them? What if....? But I said yes to it and the big day came.

    I was the first person to arrive on scene for the wedding. I showed up three hours early because I didn't want to leave anything loose. I wanted to make sure I did the best job so I waaaaayyyy over compensated. But it's a learning process!!

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    Now here we are a year after my first wedding and things are really opening up! Even though I've been shooting for less than four years I'm really blessed with the doors that have opened up for me!

    Trying to pick a favorite shoot just is impossible because each new shoot is a new adventure and new memories. They are ever increasing in fun and excitement!

    The key thing for me is to feel who people are. My job as a photographer is not to capture the surface level of people, my job is to be able to capture their soul. My advice to people interested in photography is first: always always always start out on film. I know it's old school and some people will disagree, but when each press of a button is costing you money you will think really hard before you pull that trigger. In my opinion it shapes your eye for capturing things and people. The second thing is always look deeper than the skin. Close your eyes and feel what is in the air, because what you feel will ALWAYS affect your final product. Lastly, never stop learning.

    To wrap things up here are some shots from my most recent wedding, the wedding of my friends David and Jen!

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    COMPANY: JB Photography

    SOCIAL: Facebook

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