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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT : KENNI VIAL

Business Name: Kenni Vial

Website: www.kennivial.com

Where are you based out of? Beaverton/Portland Oregon

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Wedding/Couples

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon D3

How would you define your style?
My style tends to gravitate towards a lighter and brighter look. Living in the PNW my surrounding colors are green. Lots and lots of green!

 

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?
My husband started doing sports photography for our University and our friends started asking us to take their engagement and family pictures. After we graduated we didn’t do much at all with photography for a few years. About the time my 3rd baby was born I was looking for a creative outlet so I started taking more pictures of my kids! As I posted pictures to my social media my friends started asking me to do take their pictures and it snowballed from there. I’ve been very blessed to have a lot of support from the beginning.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Love. It’s such a cliche, but it’s true. I want people to be happy when they look at my photos. If you see love you feel happy whether you know the subject in the photo or not.

How do you accomplish that?
It’s all about the comfort for my subjects and for me my weapon to get people happy is to make stupid jokes. They’re usually jokes poking fun of myself that gets them laughing the most and more comfortable with me in general. If I can get the couple or families laughing at me then they’re laughing together and laughter means happy and if they’re happy they’re comfortable.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I’ve always loved Ansel Adams from the beginning. He had such a way of capturing the beauty of things in the simplicity of black and white It’s amazing! My friend that has sort of mentored me over the years, Brinn with Almira B Photography, has always been an inspiration to see work and then see her work. She makes the most simple shots beautiful and is never afraid to try something completely new and different. She’s all about pushing the limits, I love that.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Probably the first wedding my husband and I shot together. It was a family friend and we basically ended up paying to do it. She asked us to fly to San Diego and we were so excited to be a part of something that important. I was still so inexperienced, but we killed it. I was so proud of us, we poured in three full days of shooting between the bridals, wedding, and two receptions. Even after editing I put together a video for them, which I’d never done before (and haven’t done since haha) and for being so new to it all I was so happy with how it all turned out and the best part was the couple was beyond thrilled! They felt so important and they saw how hard we worked. It really put a spark in me that what I did, even if financially it wasn’t worth it, the response and love we got in return and how proud we were of our work ourselves was so wonderful.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
To do what works best for me. It’s been tricky waters to navigate being a mom of 4 full time and trying to do add in photography without becoming too overwhelmed with the tasks for both sides. I love getting suggestions or reading what works for other photographers to see what could work better for me and that helps a lot, but in the end, I’m only part-time and ‘finding the balance’ is real. I do my best with what I can do right now and I’ve had some amazing clients and many of whom return for whatever next important milestone is in their lives and I love that. Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of support and feeling of community with my little gig and it’s been a real blessing for me.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Right now I’ve been using the wooden USBs’ and the coordinating wooden magnet lid boxes. They’ve been so beautiful and my clients are always so impressed with the extra thought of the packaging.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
The products that I’ve used from PSCo have been my all time favorite. You can’t beat the price and the quality. It doesn’t feel cheap and I love that, plus you can create whatever feel you like with the products.

PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | HANDCRAFT FILMS

Name: Beth

Business Name: Handcraft Films

Website: www.handcraftfilms.com

Where are you based out of? Athens, Georgia

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? full-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Families and Newborns

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mark iii

 

How would you define your style?
My style lies somewhere between documentary and lifestyle, capturing everyday moments in a way that makes them feel timeless. I’m drawn to bright colors, movement, and authenticity in imagery.

Baby Brice | Athens Fresh 48 Film from beth fulton on Vimeo.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I’ve loved photography since I was a kid. I worked for a few years after college, pursuing a job that really didn’t mean much to me. In fact, I hated it. But it was a great experience because I realized very quickly that it was worth it to work hard to pursue what I loved. It motivated me to take a risk and go back to school to study photography and film.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I want to show how beautiful and amazing ordinary, real life can be. I want families to remember the connections and moments they shared in a way that they keep coming back to over and over again.

How do you accomplish that?
I let go of perfection. I let families be themselves. I encourage running, playing, getting dirty. These are moments that allow families to be themselves, and that’s going to come across in their photos and films. I aim to be a fly on the wall, capturing real life moments as they unfold naturally, but those moments sometimes require me to step in and facilitate a bit. At the end of the day, I want families to look at my work and say, yes, that’s us.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
There are many. I really love Yan Palmer. Her photography is creative and daring, but at the same time, it’s about everyday, ordinary life.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I worked for an awesome creative agency for a few years when I lived in Charlotte, NC. While there, I received an award voted on by my peers. It was an amazing moment for me professionally. I was so honored to be selected by such a talented group of creatives.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
I’ll say two things that for me go hand in hand. 1 – don’t be ruled by fear (of failure, disappointment, criticism, etc.) and 2 – always be yourself.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
Currently the wooden USB drives, with a custom logo engraving.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
We live in such a digital world, it’s easy for our images to live on a hard drive and be forgotten forever. I love that I can give my clients something tangible and beautiful that reminds them of the art that we made together. They also make great gifts to give to other loved ones, which multiplies my business even more.

Baby Sawyer | Athens Fresh 48 Film from beth fulton on Vimeo.

ANNOUNCEMENT : MEET LIZ!

Time to meet a new face in the Photographer Supply Co office! If you have been a customer of ours for awhile now you have probably seen a new name on our packaging cards!

Meet Liz!

Liz is our new Executive Fulfillment Specialist. She is here to make sure all our customers continue to fall in love with Photographer Supply Co products.

She is an avid Chipotle eater, Camp Gladiator enthusiast, and podcast listener. You can win her over with puppies or a bag of hot Cheetos. You will see her pop up in our social media feed every once in awhile so make sure to say hello and show some love for our favorite new addition to the office.

PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | THE COMPASS POINTS HERE

Name: Courtney & Michael Kent

Business Name: The Compass Points Here

Website: www.thecompasspointshere.com

Where are you based out of? Traverse City, Michigan

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full-time

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Editorial food and lifestyle

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5DMKIII

 

How would you define your style?
Fun. Happy. Centered on people and relationships. We want our work to be beautiful of course – but going beyond just pretty imagery, we are hoping to capture the heightened emotions and incredible joy that takes place on a wedding day. We also greatly prefer natural light to artificial sources and want to shoot outside as much as possible!

What motivated you to become a photographer?
When I was young I loved photographs and spent tons of time looking through albums that my mom would put together. I also discovered boxes of much older photographs at the homes of my grandparents and great grandparents, and I would ask them about the images – many of which documented the immigration of my family to the United States from Denmark. I would ask my great grandfather questions about his family and the fishing town he grew up in, and it felt like I was becoming a little family historian at the age of 10. It wasn’t until high school that I started to love actually taking pictures myself.

Michael has a fairly similar connection with videography. He has always loved movies and would spend hours analyzing them with his two brothers – comparing shooting styles, directors, soundtracks, dialogue, etc. Good storytelling has always been important to him. So you can see threads in our current work that go all the way back to aspects of our childhood.

Michael and I met at the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design, so the beginning of our professional development really began there. However, there aren’t courses specifically for wedding photography and videography; that has been largely self-taught. Ultimately, we both have a strong desire to live creative lives and make things!

Lauren & Michael // A Wedding Trailer from THE COMPASS POINTS HERE on Vimeo.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
While we love the flowers, the food, the details that make someone’s wedding day truly their own, we firmly believe that the most important part of the wedding day is the relationship between the couple and their family and friends. Our hope is that when a client looks back through their collection of images or watches their wedding video, they will see connection and emotion running throughout; the quiet moment when a grandmother sees her granddaughter in her dress for the first time, the big emotional moment during the middle of the vows, the hilarious joke told by a best friend during cocktail hour, the crazy multicultural dance party at the end of the night. Unique moments like this happen at each and every wedding we have the privilege of being a part of. We want to bring our clients back into that space every time they see our work.

How do you accomplish that?
This might sound obvious, but I honestly believe it starts with taking a sincere interest in each of our clients. We spend a lot of time preparing for each wedding we shoot. Our planning questionnaire is detailed and extensive. We truly believe that a lot of our success comes from attention to detail and preparation. You also have to find a balance between letting things unfold naturally and stepping in to direct a situation when necessary.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Being asked to travel is honestly so flattering. There is so much talent in this industry, so when someone seeks you out specifically it feels so gratifying. We’ve had clients change their wedding dates to work with us or use airline miles to fly us to their wedding. That is still so amazing to me! In 2012 I was also asked to go to the Dominican Republic to document the work of the underwater archaeologist Charlie Beeker. That work has since been published in Discover, New Scientist, Sport Diver and American Archaeology magazines. I’ll always be incredibly grateful for that opportunity.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
There is so much more to being a professional photographer & videographer than just taking photos and making videos. Customer service needs to be a huge priority for continuing success. Your clients are important and they need to feel important. So if I’m feeling overworked to the point that I’ve neglected communication or some other aspect of customer service, I always try to figure out how to remedy that quickly.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
We currently use – and love – the custom branded USB’s in the light wood.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
As soon as I received our first order of custom branded USBs – I immediately felt more professional. And no one is going to take you seriously unless you take yourself seriously.

Maryal & Chris // A Wedding Trailer from THE COMPASS POINTS HERE on Vimeo.

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PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | BOKEH STUDIO

Name: Abhishek & Payal Patel

Business Name: Bokéh Studios

Website: www.iambokeh.com

Where are you based out of? Chicago, Illinois

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time photographers

What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Engagements

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?  Canon 5D Mark III

How would you define your style?
We would define our style as lifestyle photography for weddings and engagements. It’s candid, yet done so with some direction and styling and it also has an approachable feel and a relaxed result. We also like to capture candid and spontaneous photos of people, décor and the action as well! We look for intimate spaces for portraits and prefer to learn about the couple prior to their wedding day so that the interactions the day of are seamless, which ultimately enables us to create lifelong moments.

 

What motivated you to become a photographer?
We got our start in photography after being avid photographers at events, family outings and just enthusiasts, which eventually led to an opportunity shooting a friend’s engagement photos in Chicago. Since then, we’ve grown into a full studio specializing in weddings, however, we also capture occasional family sessions.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We know how important a couple’s day is. And we know how important it is to trust your photographer or videographer. You get one shot at this—it’s important to do it right. We are here to guide couple’s through the process and we love getting to know people, what’s important to you, how you met, etc. Getting to know the couple’s story allows us to incorporate their personalities into their event and make their images unique.

How do you accomplish that?
Telling a special story is a gift and an art we cherish. Through our passion for creativity, we uniquely capture couple’s stories about one of the biggest days of their life: their wedding day. We thrive on building relationships with our couples through our recognizable photography and videography so we can showcase their distinctive personalities. When you work with Bokéh Studios we tailor their experience to fit their vision. Create your own story is our tagline.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
We have been very fortunate enough to watch our friend’s photography businesses’ grow throughout the years so that has helped alleviate any major struggles. We have spent an exquisitely long amount of time behind the lens, but our initial love of the camera came from getting our own photos taken by remarkable photographers that have all turned into great mentors and friends and helped us turn into a successful wedding photography and videography business.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Our years of dedication to the art of professional photography and videography has been noticed and awarded on national and international levels. We’ve been featured in the Daily Herald, Gay Bride Guide, Wedding Guide Chicago, Borrowed & Blue, Love + Wander, Windy City Media Group, The Big Fat Indian Wedding and more!

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Chicago is a strong and vibrant city and provides a great starting point for remote businesses, however, it is a very competitive landscape. There are a lot of very talented photographers that vie for the same attention when seeking potential couples, but there is a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. The architecture and history of the city also provide a great landscape for capturing the essence of what it means to live in an opportunistic area and there are also many big businesses and small businesses to connect and collaborate with.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
We use the wooden 4GB and 8GB USBs!

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
We wanted to provide our clients with a unique offering with our USBs and Photographer Supply Company were able to deliver the perfect solution. We can’t wait to share our client’s photos with these!