Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight the fabulous Marjorie Branco from Stellasweet Photography! Not only do we love her for her work — which is spectacular and creative — but also for her professionalism and responsiveness — and if you check out the compliments section on her Web site, it looks like we’re not the only ones who think she’s pretty sweet, too! Take it away Marj!
Tell us a little about your company? Stellasweet specializes in wedding and portrait photography.
When did you establish your business? W hen I was in photography school in 2008, I took an extra course on wedding photography just for fun. I fell in love with wedding photography right then and there so started up Stellasweet with an emphasis on weddings.
Where do you find inspiration? I find my inspiration from the work of Jerry Ghionis, world famous wedding photographer as well legendary photojournalist Elliot Erwitt. His photos can be hilarious and are some of the best at capturing what it means to be human, happy or sad.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? My promise to my customers was that aside from feeling like they can be comfortable working with me, that they would have a product that was way beyond a dollar value. They would have photographs that when they looked at them, would hit them in the heart now and from the rocking chair 60 years from now.
What trend do you see coming in 2011? I see couples really wanting to have their wedding and engagement photography reflect who they are. I am getting requests for sessions in more and more unique surroundings which is very cool!
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? I am usually too busy to blog every day or every week but often find it easy to quickly put interesting wedding related links up on my Facebook page. Blog site is blog.stellasweet.com and Facebook is facebook.com/stellasweetphotography
What’s your favorite local restaurant? I love Indian food so it isn’t unusual to find me at Ruchi on East Bidwell in Folsom. Their Chicken Makani is so good, I can’t bring myself to actually try the rest of the menu.
What’s your favorite local charity? My favorite local charity is WEAVE. They provide such important immediate and long term help for people dealing with domestic violence.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? No secret about it, I indulge in lattes and greasy hamburgers.
What are you most grateful for in life? My friends and family. Some of them are far away and we don’t talk much sometimes, but we are always there for each other.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? If I were to plan my own wedding, it would be way out in nature or some place very old. I like old, historical places that have character or a story of their own. The atmosphere of my wedding venue would be most important to me.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Your wedding photography is a high priority, consider talking with your photographer early on about your wedding venue, the set up, where you will be getting ready, etc. We can offer some tips on how to plan and place things to get the best photography.
Photos courtesy of Stellasweet Photography.