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December 11, 2012

Today we have Luminaria Photography in the spotlight! We spoke with Michelle Macirella, the owner, a fabulous Portrait Photographer who's a photo pro. She specializes in Wedding Photography as well as Lifestyle & Studio Portraits for Families, Newborns, and Pets. 

She is currently the Photo Editor/Contributing Writer for Pup Culture Magazine and a Contributing Photographer/Writer for Lake Affect Magazine. In addition, she does Head Shots, Commercial Pet photography and Product photography for businesses and artists. Michelle is also available for freelance assignment/editorial work.

Here's a little bit about Michelle and her fantastic work - scroll down to take a look!


What initially interested you into photography?

I've been in love with taking photographs since I was a kid. Around 8 years old I got my first camera. When I was young I think I just really liked the idea of being able to capture everything I saw and experienced and wanted to remember. As I got older it was that reason along with the challenge of getting a really good photo and helping others preserve their memories.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

5 years

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

That is a hard question because as a photographer you build a relationship with the couple and are invested in helping to make their wedding day a success. It would be hard to choose one because I feel connected to all of them and each wedding has been so different and beautiful to capture.

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic, etc.?

I think of my wedding photography style as a mix of modern, traditional and photojournalistic. I will always do a few "semi-posed" set ups where I give a little direction to set something up, but then let people do what they want so I can capture them more naturally. That's mostly with the family photos and the time I have with the couple and their wedding party. The rest of the day is much more photojournalistic.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

I always shoot everything in color and then will change certain photos to black and white in post processing.

What is your camera/weapon of choice?

I use professional Canon equipment: cameras, lenses and flash. Right now I have a 7D and a 40D, but am looking forward to the soon-to-be-released 6D which we will be adding to our camera family.

Film or Digital?

I shoot everything in digital now. Like many photographers I learned with and used film for a long time, but switched to digital about 7 or 8 years ago. I will always like film and how it looks, but as a professional I can do so much more with digital.

If you could work along side any one photographer who would it be?

There are a lot of talented wedding photographers out there, who I'm sure I would love to work alongside with and learn from, but one of my favorite photographers I would jump at the chance to work with is Zack Arias. He's not a wedding photographer, but an amazing portrait, editorial and commercial photographer who I really admire.He has a series of workshops and instructional dvds on how to use light that I learned so much from. His vision, style and the way he works are really inspiring.

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Try not to choose your photographer solely based on money and always go with a professional photographer as opposed to a friend with an expensive camera who says they will shoot your wedding for free. I remember what it was like when I was planning my own wedding and how many expenses there are. I was trying to cut costs wherever I could, but my wedding photography was never an option to cut costs on. I'm not saying you need to book a photographer who's thousands of dollars out of your budget, but don't let a few hundred dollars difference lead you to a choice you'll regret. When this one single day that you've been planning for over a year (and for many women their whole lives) is over, the only major tangible thing you and your family will have left to preserve and remember that day are your wedding photos.

The other factor to consider is finding a photographer you click with and enjoy being around. You want to find someone whose package, style and vision for your wedding day fits with yours, but if you can't stand their personality you should keep looking. They're going to be with you ALL day during your wedding helping to guide you throughout the day. And you're going to have a relationship withyour wedding photographer for at least 6 months or more from the time you first meet with them through several months after your wedding.

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posted by Laura at 4:20PM
November 27, 2012

Photographs are key to our memories. What better way to preserve that special moment in your life than taking a picture? Some of us have the expertise in photography, while others have to find someone with it! If you're the latter (like me!) and thinking about finding a photographer for your wedding, you might want to read this. We recently spoke with Jennifer Medeiros, a wedding photographer who knows how to capture and preserve "true, honest human emotion."



What initially interest you into photography?

It was kind of an accident how I stumbled onto photography.  In my sophmore year of high school, I had one more class I needed to fill and a friend had mentioned that she heard photography was a fun class.  So I took it.  And man, I fell head over heels in love!  But then I had children right after high school, so I did the responsible thing and put my dreams on the back burner to raise my kids.  Now that they are older (13 & 10), I decided it was time to get back into it and give my dreams a real shot.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

Almost two years.

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

I would have to say my first.  It was a beach wedding in Sarasota, Florida and it was really a litmus test for me.  I really wasn't sure how I felt about photographing weddings.  To be honest, they scared me.  How could I handle being responsible for capturing the single most significant day in a couple's life together?  But again, I fell completely in love and haven't looked back!

What is your photographic style?

I very much prefer a more photojournalistic style.  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than capturing true, honest human emotion as it happens.  I know that when I look back at my old photographs, the ones that draw the most emotion are the candid moments and not the school portraits or the "say cheese" ones.  But that's just my opinion...

Do you shoot mostly color, black and white, or both?

I like to do a combination.  I never really know what I'm going to do until I sit down to edit and I just kind of go with my gut.

Film or Digital?

Well, it's funny you asked.  In the time I had put my photography goals aside to be a mom, the shift in the industry went from film to digital and when I decided to pick it up again, I felt like I had to re-learn photography.  Most of the things I did in the darkroom I could now do in the camera and that was definitely a learning process!  But now I shoot primarily digital.  I do still have my film camera, but it needs to be dusted off!

If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?

Without a doubt, Jasmine Star.  She's amazing and we totally have similar personalities!

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Honestly? I would say to do some research.  Your wedding day is so important and the relationship between a bride and her photographer is very intimate.  At the end of the day, one of the most important elements to choosing the right photographer is that your personalities mesh well.  I think this makes the day run very smoothly and you both have the same goals in mind.


bride on a beach, lace wedding  gown, mermaid dress, train
bride in woodsbride and groom, trolly ride
black and white bridal portrait
the first dance
rustic bridal photo, red flowers, vailbride and groom, black and white, walking away
first dance, close up
bridal shoes, crystal heels, clear stilettos
exchanging of rings
sunset silhouettesunset portrait, kiss

Want to see more? Check out Jennifer's website.

Don't forget to like Jennifer on facebook!

posted by Laura at 10:57AM
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