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Kristen Borelli Photography

“What you see is what you get” with Kristen Borelli and her gorgeous signature dramatic natural light photography

Over the past few years, naturally talented Kristen Borelli has become a sought-after photographer for hundreds of engaged couples on Vancouver Island and around the world. Whether it’s Kristen’s authentic love for weddings and the real moments that happen throughout them, there are many reasons to love this photographer. So with Kristen’s sights set on her busy upcoming shooting schedule, and events scheduled on Vancouver Island, North America and beyond, the future is looking fantastic for this fabulous wedding photographer. Here’s what you’ll want to know about hiring Kristen Borelli for your local or destination wedding…

Kristen’s Calling as a Photographer

Kristen began her photographer career a little different than most. “I officially opened the doors to Kristen Borelli Photography after I got married a few years ago. Photography always interested me, but it wasn’t until my wedding day that everything just clicked (no pun intended)… As I watched my wedding photographer work at my wedding, I realized that was exactly what I wanted to do as well. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I wanted to give the gift of re-living life’s special moments to other couples, just as our photographer did for us.”

From the start, it was obvious that Kristen had a raw, natural talent for photography. She freely admits, “I am very much self-taught.” For me, it was about getting out there, experimenting and critiquing my own work… This has definitely been the most productive way of learning for me.”

Kristen has a three year diploma in graphic design which certainly contributed to composition and overall shooting approach. “I learned all about web design, the fundamentals of art, building your own business and of course, my favourite, photography!” Aside from this, she makes sure to attend photography workshops to keep her skills fresh and up-to-date, with her most recent workshop taking place in Philadelphia. “And I plan to do another one this fall.”

Kristen is inspired by challenging herself, getting closer to her goals, meeting wonderful people and making friends for a lifetime. “Although it may be my 100th wedding, I always keep in mind it is my couples one and only. Knowing that they have trusted me to capture the most important day of their lives is something I will never take for granted. The best part is knowing that each day I will make my clients laugh, smile and my favourite, see them happy cry when they watch their wedding photos… That is priceless.”

Kristen admits that she is not alone in her quest of wonderful photography. “I have a supportive husband and a trusty assistant for wedding days!” However, Kristen still does everything from the shooting and editing, website maintenance, emailing and even the bookkeeping for the nearly twenty weddings a year she takes on! Kristen feels that every moment of the last three years have been a learning experience and is so appreciative that she has been extremely busy since the moment she started.

Kristen thrives on the need to always push herself in her work. “I have shot at a countless amount of venues throughout British Columbia and Ontario. No matter how fast paced or unpredictable the day can be, I always push myself to produce work that exceeds my client’s expectations.”

The team at The Ring asked Kristen to describe her ideal couple and she says, “It’s simple: couples that value photography like I do. If great photography is a priority to them, I’m their gal!”

How Kristen Works…

Kristen finds that most brides know her from work they have seen online or through word of mouth. She will try her best to meet the couple before their big day hopefully having a tea or coffee together and getting to know each other. Destination weddings can make this process more difficult but there is always Facetime or Skype!

Kristen says the initial consultation can easily last an hour and a half as she talks about all things weddings with you. “This is the time where I can answer any questions you may have, we get to know one another, along with your vision of what you hope your wedding day will be, and also determine whether I can provide you with the results you are looking for… After we lock down your date, I will then get you to fill out the contract and a questionnaire. Once all of the paperwork is completed, the real fun begins!” The engagement shoot is scheduled and shot, there are phone/video meetings leading up to the big day, and for everything in between, Kristen makes herself accessible by email.

About a week before the wedding, you will connect once more to talk about the wedding day timeline and many of those last minute details that prepare you for a magical day.

Britt & Mike were won over by their meeting with Kristen. “We had no idea what to expect when we met with Kristen Borelli a year and a half ago. All we knew was that we liked the look of her photos on her website. We had no intention at the time of doing engagement shots, or of booking so early on in our planning process. It turns out we are lucky we did, as her summer booked up super early on! The three of us sat down together for a chat, and we were immediately taken with her ability to put us at ease in her presence. She had a warm demeanour, fun energy, and professional attitude. We connected with her straight away, and not only did we walk away excited and comfortable with booking her services for our wedding day, but we even decided to try out some engagement shots after all!”

Katie & Yann had a similar experience with Kristen. “From the very first time that we met Kristen in order to discuss our wedding pictures, she was very professional and extremely kind. She was attentive to all of our needs and carefully took the time to not only get to know what we wanted, but also get to know who we were as a couple. As a result, come the big day, she was very well prepared and in tune with what it is we wanted.”

Alyssa, married in August 2014, agreed. “With Kristen and the photography, I didn’t feel worried at all. We had a phone conversation a few days prior to our big day about what was going to happen on our wedding day, and I sent her a general timeline of our day with a family shot list. I knew she would not let us down as she is so accountable and very organized.”

Kristen lets her prospective clients know what they are getting if they hire her. “I am a go getter and I won’t settle for anything but the best. I can find beauty in any situation which is extremely important when it comes down to a wedding day. I am also not afraid to allow brides to see full wedding days I have photographed. I want to lay everything out for them so they have no doubts about hiring me!”

On your wedding day…

Wedding days are when Kristen’s trusty assistant is her best friend. “I am a sole shooter. My assistant is there to run around with me, hold gear, and help with lighting setup and also to keep our gear nice and safe. Often times I love sharing her with my couples in case they need an extra helping hand on their busy day.”

Kristen believes every wedding day is so unique in their own way. “Generally at every wedding I will put my subjects in beautiful light and then allow the moments to happen naturally. I want the couple to look back on their photos and remember these images as real moments, as opposed to staged.”

Kristen follows the couple around all day, carrying around two cameras and continuously switching lenses when needed. “I try to make sure nothing is ever impossible to do that day. If my clients ask for something, I will put in all I have to try and make it happen for them.”

Katie & Yann couldn’t say enough about Kristen on their wedding day. “Everyone at our wedding, including ourselves, raved about how quick, unobtrusive, and efficient she was. As the night unfolded, she continued to do her thing without ever being demanding. In brief, she was everything and more that we could have expected. What is even more amazing is that she continued to excel in her work when we received her final pictures and awesome slideshow. We were blown away!”

Kristen also bears in mind all the times she has been in weddings and being photographer herself. “I have been lucky enough to have my own wedding as well as be a bridesmaid to a handful of close friends/family. Each time that I am being photographed, it helps me remember how uncomfortable it can be so I always take this to heart when I get back behind the lens. Even when I am guest, I find ways to improve my own work.”

Asia, married in 2014, was very happy with the wedding day coverage. “Picture the most magical, perfect, beautiful day of your life… Your most precious friends and family surround you and you in a dress and tux you will probably only wear just once. Love is all around you. These moments will last mere hours and so many you will miss but Kristen captured them all. This is the gift she gave to us. We watch our slideshow and the feelings from our wedding day rush over us. Finding Kristen was one of the most important things we did for our special day. I have yet to watch my own slideshow without shedding happy tears.”

Options, packages & prices with Kristen Borelli…

Kristen’s more popular package is Collection One. It includes ten hours of wedding day photography and a minimum of 500 beautifully edited, high resolution, digital photographs, a flushmont, handcrafted album, along with a two hour engagement session with 75 edited, digital photos for $4500. Included is a blog and video slideshow of the wedding up on her website. She also provides access to a password protected online gallery to share with your guests. The USB stick is provided to you within 6-8 weeks. This is her best selling package because during ten hours of shooting, she is always able to capture the entire story of the wedding day, which makes for a beautiful, complete album and slideshow.

As well, there are a few different album options that Kristen offers during consultations, both for weddings and engagements. Kristen also is very popular for boudoir sessions (album included) that she highly recommends to brides as an unforgettable and rewarding experience!

Kristen finds that engagement shoots really help her get to know a couple and their style. Britt & Mike found the shoot helped them as well. “We had a really enjoyable engagement photo shoot, which really helped to put us at ease with Kristen. She was so creative with her ideas and was so easy to also incorporate ours. She checked in a few times to get info on family shots etc months in advance and see how our planning was going. She was on top of things when I had so many things I was juggling!”

Kristen is also up front about her style. “My work tends to attract couples that are just looking for photos of real, raw moments. They are fun, head-over-heels in love and just need me there to capture the beauty that will unfold that day. I also always shoot for couples that are after timeless imagery, that will forever be stunning, rather than for people that are more interested in keeping up with the passing trends. To be completely honest, photography trends aren’t important to me. Trends come and go… I want my photography to be forever. Staying true to my classic and elegant style is what my couples will endlessly cherish.”

Britt & Mike, who married in July 2014, were upfront about the budget. “We chose to interview her because after seeing her website, we couldn’t believe how competitive her prices were. Her work was more imaginative and innovative than most we saw, for a better price. We were especially keen on finding a photographer who did a great job of capturing meaningful candid shots, and her work definitely showed a strength in this.”

A few of our favourite things…

Kristen’s signature photography has a lot to do with light. She explains, “I am a light chaser… There is good light everywhere. It’s just the matter of finding it… Pretty locations are always nice, but for me and my shooting style, where there is quality light and a couple who love each other, there will be magic made.”

We love Kristen’s personal gallery on her website, showcasing her own life and further proving that’s she’s obviously an adventurous romantic…

You always know what Kristen is up to because she’s super active on social media. You can almost always catch her on Pinterest or Facebook!

Our interviews with Kristen’s past clients were incredible. They couldn’t say enough about her, giving us far more material than we needed in order to know that this photographer is worth falling in love with.

Details, details, details

•    The average bride spends between $3000 and $5000, with her most popular package, Collection One, being $4500.
•    5% GST is applicable to services.
•    A $1000 deposit holds your wedding date on Kristen’s calendar.
•    We recommend booking eight to ten months ahead, particularly because Kristen sets a maximum number of weddings she will take on each year.

Finding Kristen…

To meet Kristen for the first time, or to ask her questions, you can email her at kristenborelliphoto@gmail.com. You can view samples of work, photo galleries, and more information on her website at kristenborelliphotography.com. You can also call her at 250-739-0911 .

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