Oh! Snap! Photography
Areas of service:Kansas City, Topeka, Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lawrence, Shawnee, Lenexa, Leavenworth, Leawood, Mission and Prairie Village.
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About Oh! Snap! Photography
Oh! Snap! Photography specializes in wedding, event and portrait photography in the Lawrence, Kansas area. With an idiosyncratic eye and an upbeat demeanor, I, Ailecia Ruscin will snap up everything from boudoir attitudinizing to indie concerts and weddings.
I comfortably set up my mobile studio in homes, wedding venues or even public parks, making use of natural light to add authenticity to my documentary-style photography.
Afterwards, my handy print purchasing features allow users to decide which photos tickle their fancies and assemble customized packages. My prints are affordably priced and sent directly to you in the mail.
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Questions and answers
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
Feel free to negotiate with your vendors. At Oh! Snap! Photography, we set affordable rates but are willing to negotiate (especially in non-peak months) a lower rate to book the event.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
In this hyper-blogged moment we are living in, we expect digital photographs to instantly appear. The common person thinks that photos should come straight out of camera exactly like you want them to be published. However, it's the behind the scenes work where the magic happens. This used to happen in the darkroom, as photographers made choices about how much cyan, magenta, and yellow to balance out the color tone they were printing with. The same must be done in the digital world. In essence you are hiring a photographer because of her experience and ability to use the camera, as well as for her knowledge of color and density and how to best develop your photo into the best quality possible.
- How did you get started?
My passion with photography began as early as Girl Scouts Camp when handed a tiny Le Clic with 110 film. I soon graduated to borrowing my father's Minolta SLR with a number of extra lenses. Seeing my passion early (and with a desire to get his camera back!), my father bought me my first SLR in 1997 while in college. In addition, he paid for all of my film photography classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers were I learned the art of photography along with how to develop and print my own black and white and color film. This darkroom knowledge is invaluable and easily translated into the digital world of changing images in Lightroom rather than a darkroom. My earliest subjects have always been small DIY bands. Through photographing bands I've learned how to make light look interesting in low light environments and how to catch moments that happen as quickly as a guitarist leaping into the air.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
When working with a wedding photographer, you want to be sure they are using professional level equipment. This is why it is so important to avoid having a family member as your photographer unless they have a good camera body, lenses, and removable flash. Pop-up flash is the biggest no-no in wedding photography and a good indicator that the person is not a professional.
In addition, you want to pick a photographer whose work you like. Ask to see not only their portfolio (their favorite shots), ask to see what a full wedding will look like. You want to be sure you hire someone who has a wide breadth of photography skills and be sure you like the style the photographer uses to both photograph and edit your photos.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I am most proud of my work at my simplest wedding this summer. This budget conscious bride and groom chose a local Lawrence park as the site of their wedding. The beautiful outdoor light and canopy of trees provided all the ambiance needed to create the most beautiful and nature photos I've taken to date. They hired me for only 4 hours of coverage, but because of their simple wedding location, we got the most beautiful natural photos in the great outdoors!
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I specialize in wedding, event and portrait photography. I also set-up photobooths for events and weddings.
I got my start shooting live music and continue to document the local independent music scene.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
After the wedding or portrait shoot, I spend 3-4 hours (for portraits) / 15-30 hours (for weddings) editing their work and providing color correction to each individual frame. This is very important in the world of digital photography - in film days this final color correction was always done in photo labs after the fact. In the digital photography world, you want to be confident that your photographer is skilled in color correction and final digital editing.
- What brands or products do you work with?
- sweast/coast (indie upcycled clothing designer)
- Kaylin Hertel's collection at the 18th Street Fashion Show in Kansas City
- video and still photography for Lawrence psychedelic band, Cloud Dog
- portraits for album art/press photos for Legendary Knocks hip hop label
- 7 years experience doing the party pics section of lawrence.com
- party pics, photobooths, and more for clients like: Team Bear Club, The Bottleneck, The Replay, the Social Service League, LOLA, DJ G-Train, The Percolator, Eleven Productions, Marauder PR, Douglas County United Way, Hobbs, and other Lawrence area venues/bands/social service organizations
- How many projects do you average in a year?
I average about 125-150 projects per year, including weddings, portrait sessions, boudoir sessions, concerts, art openings, product photos and photobooths. In 2012, I have done 12 weddings as of July 2012.