I’ve unfortunately never had the opportunity to work with Lucinda, but fell in love with her work when I saw the adorable inspiration/styled shoot she did with some other talented Kansas vendors. I also shared Kelly and Ryan’s lovely wedding on the blog back in August. She’s one of those vendors that just oozes enthusiasm and passion for weddings. Needless to say, I’m a fan of Lucinda’s work, and that’s why I’m so happy to be able to share a little bit more about her and her business today on the blog.Website, Blog, Facebook
Where do you live, work, and play?
I live in Olathe, KS. My husband and I just bought our first house together in May! Portraits By Lucinda is based in my home studio, but you can normally find me on photo shoots in the many parks and beautiful locations in Kansas City. If I am not working, I am most likely in my craft room sewing or crocheting away for my etsy shop. What can I say? I love to be creative! I also love spending a day off with my husband!
When did you first become interested in photography, and what sparked your interest?
If you ask my Mom, she would say I was born with an interest in photography. As a kid, I always had a camera in hand to document my life. I am so happy that my interest started at such an early age because I have all those fun memories on film. Yes film! As a kid, I would drag my friends into pretend photoshoots. Documenting life and the people I love has always been a passion of mine and I love that I get to do this everyday for my clients.
When and why did you decide to start your business, Portraits by Lucinda?
In my senior year of high school in 2001, I knew I wanted photography to be my full time job. To further my photography skills I went to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA and got my Bachelor of Arts in Photography. I actually started my business in my 2nd year of college. From there it grew to a point where I was lucky enough to do it full time. I’ve now been running my own business full time for the past 5 years. I started Portraits by Lucinda because I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing what I love. The thing I love most about what I do is capturing an individual’s personality and uniqueness. My goal is to let the subject’s personality shine through the camera’s lens and onto print.
What is your favorite subject to photograph other than weddings?
Newborn babies. There is nothing sweeter than photographing new life. I love catching those little babies in a deep snooze so I can forever capture the little works of art that they are.
What’s your favorite part of being involved with someones big day?
I absolutely love to photograph weddings! It’s amazing to be a part of one of the couples’ happiest days of their life. I love seeing how excited they are to finally become husband and wife. One of the sweetest wedding moments to capture is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their big day. I also love to see the different, unique details each couple adds to their wedding. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you are creating pictures that will be treasured by a family forever; even for generations to come. I feel honored to have the opportunity to capture the most important moments in my clients’ lives.
Any words of advice to couples trying to choose a photographer for their wedding?
Follow some wedding design blogs to help with inspiration. Make your wedding unique to you as a couple. There are so many great ideas our there and they will help make your wedding day beautiful. Hire a day-of-wedding-coordinator! I have seen too many weddings where too much of the day’s responsibility falls on the bride and groom’s family. You and your family want to enjoy your big day, not work it.
In the end when the big day finally arrives, leave the stress behind you and enjoy the day for all it is. Some things may go wrong or not be exactly what you wanted, but most of the times these are very minor details. Pick vendors you trust and whose work you love and know. You will want full-time professionals that will do what you hired them to do and do it well. I can’t stress how important it is to trust your vendors. Soak up that wedding day because it is one that you will remember as one of the most special days of your life.