{Feature Friday: The Lovely Photo}

{Interview with Jewell Juergensen}

As soon as I saw am image from The Lovely Photo, I am instantly drawn to Jewell’s fresh approach to photographer that has such a classic and vintage flair about it.  Jewell is based out of Maryland and actually operates from two studios.  When she choose my items to capture that first days of her very own daughter’s life ~ I truly felt honored.  I just wish she was here to capture our special family moments this Christmas!  Be sure to drop by and saw hello to Jewell; you won’t be sorry!

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Tell us a little about yourself. 

Hi! I photograph newborn babies, maternity, and boudoir.  I actually have 2 studios right outside of Baltimore, Maryland.  My newborn studio is really just a dedicated room in the lower level of my home that I find to be perfect for shooting little ones and I have a cabin on my property that is dedicated to shooting everything else from children to boudoir.   I’m lucky enough to live on 8 acres of wooded land so I tend to shoot a lot outdoors as well.  I’m a wife, mother of three kiddies, and an avid runner.

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How did you get your start in photography?  

I bought a camera after my second son was born three years ago and I clicked and clicked away but my images never looked “right” to me.  I seemed to never be satisfied so one day on vacation I read my manual cover to cover until things started to click.  A few random workshops & online classes later I started to get the hang of things a bit and I was hooked!

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Is this a full time job or a part time gig? 

Full time now;  I am a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) but I left my practice at the end of last year to pursue my photography further.  My husband and business partner took over my clients to help me with the transition and has been extremely supportive of my change in careers.

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What three words describe your style?  

Vintage, Whimsical, and Soft

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How do you describe your approach to photography to your clients?  

I always let clients know that I want to capture them at this current moment in time so they can remember & treasure it.  I love photographing a newborn baby with peeling skin & an umbilical cord stump still hanging on…I would never wish to photoshop that out!  It’s how we can tell how fresh & new they are and I think it’s beautiful.

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Do you always know when you get that perfect shot?  Any surprises during the editing process?  

I always smile when I know I’ve gotten “that shot” but I do generally come away with a surprise or two once I load my images onto my computer.  I love the unexpected in-between moments captured especially with other children & families.

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What are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by so many things daily that sometimes it’s a challenge to maintain a consistent look to my work.  I love vintage, shabby chic girlie things, so I’d say that I am most influenced by that.

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Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?  

Self taught & proud!

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Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?  

Hmmm.  Nothing in particular comes to mind except for a newborn session I did when I first started out…I got pooped on by one little baby 5 times!  I think that has to be a record:)

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Do you have any special rituals that are apart of your editing process, music you like to listen to, etc?  

I love to edit over a cup of tea or coffee.  Music is definitely nice too but I have to have my warm drink!

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Do you have a “glass” addiction?  What is your favorite lens?   

My favorite lens for newborns is my 50mm 1.4; that’s the only lens I use other than my macro 100mm 2.8 for newborns and I love the creaminess of it.  For portraits I use my 85mm 1.8 almost exclusively; that is until I get a 70-200mm 2.8  (swoon!!!)  I love it, but have only been able to rent it on occasion because of the hefty price tag.

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What advice would you give a photographer just starting in this business? 

Don’t overspend on all the gadgets, props, lenses, etc. because it’s really easy to get in over your head!

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Where can be find you? 

Website: www.thelovelyphoto.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelovelyphoto

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Thank you Jewell for such a beautiful interview.  Be sure to drop on by and let Jewell know that the CastAway Collection send ya!

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