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Life & Work with Kristin Vucina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Vucina.

Hi Kristin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a mom, foodie, travel, and life lover with many diverse interests! I love being immersed in nature, but also love the energy of a city. The mountains and beach both have my heart. I love to laugh with people, but also need quality time to reenergize. I love sports and also the theater (especially musicals).

I basically love all foods and enjoy both cooking and baking. Growing up in Vermont, my days were spent among the quaint mountains, mostly ski race training by day and theater rehearsal at night. After attending college in Florida, I ventured to Maryland for work in the tech world (I have a Master’s in Computer Science) and have now called it home for over 18 years! I love the natural and cultural diversity this state offers, making it a photographer’s dream.

My love for photography began when exploring the culture, cuisine, and nature of near and far away lands while traveling the world for business. From biking through Bangkok’s lively streets to feasting on schnitzel and gluhwein in Germany, to hiking mysterious pyramids mountains in Egypt and Mexico, I faithfully carried my camera to even the most exotic locations to capture the raw beauty and authenticity around each bend.

After marrying my love in 2010, four years later we started a new chapter in life welcoming a baby girl, and my love of portrait, newborn, and family photography blossomed. Through continual formal training, I learned the art of manual photography and the magic beautiful in-depth editing provides.

In the fall of 2016, I was having difficulty with my vision and doctors discovered a large brain cyst that was causing peripheral vision loss in both eyes. My biggest fear through all of this was not being able to see my daughter grow. A few weeks later, I had endoscopic transnasal brain surgery with an amazing team of Johns Hopkins doctors and regained my lost vision almost immediately!

I’m forever grateful to continue to pursue my passion for capturing life’s beloved and cherished moments for so many! It’s been an honor and a joy and I hope to meet you to capture your unique story!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Growing a small business is no small feat, especially in the field of so many talented photographers. As a creative my inspiration, motivation, and eye for running a photography business has morphed over time. When first starting my business I always wanted the picture-perfect smiling at the camera images for my clients.

My style was more light and airy with basic editing. But, over time my whole vision and what inspired me as an artist changed. I no longer wanted to quickly capture a few holiday card photos and the bold colors and emotive photography really grabbed at my heart and I knew it was the experience I wanted to provide to my clients.

This vision change required me to switch from using longer focal length lenses that provide the ultimate in creamy bokeh to shorter focal lengths that allowed me to capture more of the environment with the client. It also meant how I captured the image was very different from where I stood, how I interacted with clients, and how I creatively used the environment and light. Changing shooting and editing styles was definitely a risk I took, but it has been the best decision I made.

I think we are all naive when starting any new venture and I definitely was with the amount of time and effort, as well as the expenses, put into the entire process of photography. From communication, shooting, scouting locations, and editing (which is by far my lengthiest part of the process), I have learned so much over the years. I’m proud of how far I’ve grown as an artist and built up a profitable business with clients who are excited for me to capture their moments over poses in a bold and beautiful way!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in artful, emotive, and storytelling photography for family, newborn, and maternity clients. My goal is to capture genuine, heartfelt, and connected moments in a fun and memorable way.

Using my education in manual photography and hand-editing, as well as investment in top-quality professional equipment, I beautifully capture your story to create stunning and unique pieces of art that last a lifetime.

As a mom myself and a people lover, I strive to create an environment that allows the pure essence of each client (big or small) to be captured. Our time together is all about family love, snuggles, and capturing how it feels to be together. The focus is on presence over perfection with no “cheesing” at the camera required!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Many times my clients comment how shocked they are with the moments I’ve been able to capture during meltdowns or with active little ones. But, that’s the beauty of storytelling photography – many times the more chaotic the session, the better the end result and what brings out the genuine smiles in everyone!

Asking a little one to smile nicely at the camera typically leads to a less desired result. I always like to tell clients the story of how my daughter loves to run around like a unicorn during our own family sessions, but the smiles and real personality captured through it all are priceless. I definitely get a workout each session capturing the little runners!

I’m a meticulous editor. Editing is by far the longest process to create the final product I deliver to clients. I’m known for removing tree branches, houses, or any other background distractions that distract from capturing the story of the client. I’m very picky about tones, skin, color casts, etc.

So I hand paint every single image I deliver to the client. While this makes the editing process much longer, I feel it is worth it for the final beautiful product! I love posting before and after edits to show how much I’ve put into that final image.

Pricing:

  • Starting at $1,000

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Kristin Vucina Photography

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