Surrey Photographer | Behind the Scenes with Adrienne Thiessen

adrienne thiessen, gemini visuals photographer, photographers questions
 
As the owner and creative vision behind Gemini Visuals Creative Photography, Adrienne Thiessen doesn’t always have time to share much about herself online, as she is often busy shooting and then editing your photos. The team at Gemini Visuals has been hard at work this season, sharing more behind the scenes images and sneak peeks on social media so that you can get a better idea of the inner workings at Gemini Visuals. 
 
We though it would be fun to share a bit more about Adrienne, so you can get to know her a bit better. Following is a quick Q & A, with more questions to follow in the coming weeks.
 
adrienne thiessen, gemini visuals photographer, photographers questions
 
What does an average week look like for you?
 
It varies depending on the time of year. Every week is different every day is different. Some are spent in the studio all day, some are racing around to various shoots, others may be dance school mayhem.   Some may be spent chained to a computer for 12 hours, or into the wee hours of the morning. But I still sneak some time to walk the dog to the beach as often as I can, try to take some me time, and work out.
 
Did you always want to be a photographer?
 
Pretty much yes. Since I picked up a camera at 16 years old, its all I’ve ever wanted, and its really all I know.   
Vintage Adrienne Thiessen, photographer, behind the scenes
 
 
What is the most fulfilling part of your job?
 
The people I meet and  getting to be apart of people’s families – capturing their most precious memories, and watching people grow and change is very fulfilling.
 
Name your dream travel destination? 
Right now, it’s Croatia! But my bucket list is long. I want to go back to Bali, and Costa Rica. I want to go to Belize, Curacao, Spain, Portugal, Greece. Basically anywhere that there is a beach, really!
 
What would you tell other aspiring photographers?  
 
That its not as easy or glamorous as it looks. Most of your time is spent in front of the computer. The work doesn’t just fall into your lap, you must go out and find it and it is not easy because you have to stand out from the rest. You also have to love it, or you will grow to hate it.  
 
Another thing it to realize that not every client is your client forever. You can’t take it personally, as hard as that may seem. It is hard to see them go, but it will happen. And that not every shoot is going to be an easy one. More often then not your vision doesn’t happen because things go sideways, or you are faced with some tough situations.
 
Oh and also to charge properly!! Doing a shoot for $75 and then spending 4 hours at the shoot then 10 hours editing, means you aren’t making any money. In that case, you may as well pay the clients!
 
Chocolate or vanilla?
 
Neither? How about vanilla with chocolate almonds? 
 
Which emoji do you use most often?
 
The kissy face blowing a heart.
 
adrienne thiessen, gemini visuals photographer, photographers questions
 
What is the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome in business?
 
Poverty, debt, long hours…oh wait, I haven’t overcome the long hours yet! 
 
What’s the best career advice you have ever received?  
 
Respect and value yourself, and others will do the same.
 
adrienne thiessen, gemini visuals photographer, photographers questions

To book a photo session with Adrienne, contact our office here or at info@geminivisuals.com.

*We are still booking private Mini Holiday Sessions until December 1st 2018.

  • 10 high res images of your choice on CD or digital download.
  • 2 Holiday backdrops plus 1 neutral backdrop.
  • Up to 30 minutes of private session time.
  • A holiday e-card from your session delivered via email for you to send to friends & family with the option to upgrade to copies for snail mail.

The Private Option is $300 (taxes INCLUDED). Up to 5 people and pets always are welcome!

Bookings to be completed by December 1, 2018

 

 

 

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