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Vancity Vendor:
Roxana Albusel Photography

February 8th, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Roxana Albusel Photography

Despite earning 3 degrees and having a stable career, Roxana Albusel felt that something was still missing in her life. She realized that spending time with her camera and photographing people gave her so much joy that she decided to start over and pursue her true dream. Now that’s dedication! Roxana is now in the wedding industry and loving it, having captured 20 weddings and counting. She’s looking forward to capturing more joyous moments with her couples this year.

Roxana Albusel Photography offers wedding photography as well as portrait, maternity and boudoir services. Her basic wedding package is $1,000 and includes 4 hours of coverage as well as high-resolution digital prints. Albums are also available at an added cost. Here are fer full rates if you’re curious.

If you like Roxana’s style and would like to get to know her a little better, schedule a little coffee date and find out more about what she can offer you. Be a fan on her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter too because you never know… she may have an ongoing promotion you don’t want to miss!

A Few Words With Roxana…

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I think everyone should be able to afford a wonderful wedding photographer, so with that in mind I offer cheaper packages for brides with lower budgets as well as customized packages. If a bride tells me that she can only afford a certain amount, I will discuss with her what she would want photographed most and together, we will arrange a package that works for us both.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“Time and time again, I am told by my clients that what sets me apart from other photographers they have worked with or interviewed with is how comfortable I make them feel during the consultation and the shoots. I have always had an ability to get people to relax in front of me and be themselves – leading to beautiful, natural, spontaneous photos.”

How would you describe your shooting and photo editing style?
“I have a style that is definitely my own. I like to try different editing techniques (I find each photo and each couple draws a certain style from me) but most importantly, I have a style that would best be described as natural and spontaneous, with a touch of photojournalism. I tend to focus on soft, natural photos that portray the couple’s unique beauty. I rarely take traditional “posed” shots (with the exception of artistic formal portraits) and always seek out a couple being themselves and interacting with each other – it is when they are at their most beautiful.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Everything! Where do I begin? I love interacting with the clients, meeting new people, taking the photos, editing the photos! Truly, there’s nothing I don’t like. Anything to do with capturing genuine human emotion, I love. I am also deeply in love with the feeling I get when I give clients their finished product and I get back an email or a card telling me how happy and touched they are. There is nothing better!”

What was the most creative shot you took and how did you come up with it?
“I would say the most creative shot I took is at a wedding I did this past September in Crescent Beach. It is a black and white photo of a bride, through a window. What I love most is how the black and white works with the window and the expression on the bride’s face. I have done a similar photo in the past (but not as creative) and that’s how I came up with the idea. I always try to incorporate my surroundings in the photos for added creativity.”

Which part of the wedding is your most favourite to shoot and why?
“My favourite is always the formal portraits right after the ceremony. I find that it’s when the couple is at their most relaxed (with all the nerves leading up to the ceremony completely evaporated) and they are ready and willing to be creative and have some fun!”

Where is your favourite place/part of the city to take pictures for a shoot?
“So far, I would say Granville Island is my favourite, mainly because of the different variety offered to photographers! I love that I have a little bit of everything present .. tall grass, water, colourful buildings, playground, markets, etc. So many avenues to channel your creativity as a photographer!”

Do you draw inspiration from other photographers?
“Yes, of course! There are so many wonderful photographers out there (and some great ones in my life) and I am always meeting new ones. With so much amazing talent in Vancouver, it’s hard not to draw inspiration!”

Do you have plans on expanding your services?
“I have recently started doing boudoir and offer great rates as I build my portfolio. I have done one boudoir marathon so far and it was an amazing experience! I am also interested in incorporating more things into my business over time, such as trash-the-dress and other products (canvases, etc.) The immediate plan is for boudoir marathons and trash-the-dress sessions.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Be yourself and allow yourself enough time for your photos! When you look back on your wedding, it is the photographs depicting your natural beauty and the soft, intimate moments between the two of you and your family and friends that you will cherish the most. Candid moments of genuine happiness is what I believe will stand out most at the end of the day. Remember, this is your day so make it about you and embrace the happy glow! It will definitely show in the photographs.”

To contact Roxana, visit her website.
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