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Conversations with Jeremiah Finke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremiah Finke.

Hi Jeremiah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
As a child, my mother had always had a DSLR camera. She used it mostly for family photos and sometimes she would allow me to play with it. When I was 10 or 12 years old, my parents bought me my own camera. It was a small point and shoot camera. During high school, I did not pursue photography but filled my time with other hobbies. After becoming an adult and working my 9-5, I found my life to be a little lack luster. I needed a hobby again. So I purchased my own DSLR camera. This was meant to give me a reason to get out of the house and to explore and walk and have a taste of freedom that I needed from what had become a boring life. That is how I got started. I photographed anything and everything (albeit not very well). After some time, I was able to hone the skills needed to be confident enough to take on the task of photographing someone’s wedding. I was scared out of my mind for my first wedding, but I really enjoyed creating these first beautiful images to help celebrate this couples union.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Currently, I still work a full-time job on top of photographing weddings. This can be difficult sometimes because it takes me away from my family for even more hours. It’s important to find a balance between work and life. At my current workload, I am managing quite well. I still am able to focus on my day job but also have attention to detail for my photography.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I photography a lot of weddings. I started with street photography and a lot of that journalistic style bleeds through into the types of wedding photos I take. I really enjoy being creative with my photography as well. I love when brides/grooms are involved with some of the planning for the shots. It really helps to make it personal for them. Besides the journalistic style, I think what sets me apart is the way I edit as well. There is a big part of the current wedding photographers that go for this Instagram/trendy type of look. I try to stay true to color but with some slight changes. I try to be much more subtle in the way I edit. I like to really shoot for a more classic photo style with my edits.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I grew up in a poor neighborhood in south Baltimore. My father worked and my mom stayed home to homeschool my brothers and I (she is a saint). We were a tight-knit family whose faith has always been our cornerstone. I grew up playing a lot of sports. Baseball, basketball, football, soccer… the list could go on. The only sport that stuck was football. There was something about it that really captured my attention. I wanted to be an NFL player as many little boys, but by the time I graduated high school those plans had changed.

Pricing:

  • 6 hours of photography – $1800
  • 8 hour of photography – $2300
  • 8+ hours of photography – $3000
  • Videography starting at $2500

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