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Meet Oona Breyer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Oona Breyer.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My love and heart for photography came from my grandma, her name was Grace and she was one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known. In a time when it wasn’t as easy for a woman to contribute outside of her home she (as a single mother of 6) started her own business as a professional wedding photographer and ran it for over 40 years. She was passionate about what she did and genuinely loved each person she photographed. She was completely delighted in who they were and being able to capture their unique personality. The people she worked with knew it too, when you were with her you knew she wanted to be with you. She was just that kind of person.

She ignited my love of photography. Allowed me to carry bags and set lights when I was younger, eventually graduating me to learn to use her medium format Hasselblad camera (for the non-photographers this is camera of all cameras). I learned to work on film, and although I do shoot digital now I’m very thankful that’s where I started, with my 35mm cameras in hand. I’d walk around taking pictures of anything and everything with a little note pad where I’d write down all my settings from each frame, trying all the time to learn and grown.

It should be noted that I never wanted to be a photographer by a trade. It’s a significant amount of work, and can be somewhat all consuming. I just wasn’t into it. There were a number of years that I set photography aside, to focus on other things. As I got older after a wedding, my grandmother would call me and as we chatted about how her wedding that weekend went she would almost always comment on how that just had to be her favorite bride of all time. I would laugh and say, “Grandma, you said that about your last bride!” And she would assure me that, no, no, THIS bride was her favorite. EVER.

She would then usually move on to commenting that I really must become friends with this beautiful woman because I “would just love her”. That is just how she viewed life and the people around her. When she was photographing you, you felt as though you were the most beautiful person in the world and her favorite she’d ever captured on film.

I think her passion and genuine love of humanity in photography was what sparked my desire to pick up my camera again. All these many years after Dragonfly Photography was created, lots of things have changed but that basic love for capturing humanity at its best has only grown. Her’s is the legacy I want to continue.

Please tell us about your art.
Dragonfly Photography is a fine art or editorial wedding photography studio. If you aren’t familiar with the photography lingo; this is a style of wedding photography that combines (what I think is) the best of two distinctly different photography traditions. What that means is that we hope to blend the candid nature of photojournalism (the emotion, laughter, and spontaneous moments) with the preparedness and focus of studio portraiture (we all look better in gorgeous light posed beautifully, especially on our wedding day). Our style is unique in that we work really hard to evoke and capture the emotion of the day, but we try and do it naturally and in a very real way.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Take it slowly. I think we live in a generation of instantaneous gratification and social media highlight reels. It feels really hard to imagine while you’re standing in a garden somewhere with a film camera and a notebook that you’ll someday be walking into the most beautiful venues around with clients trusting their most precious moments to you. Good things take time, and social media isn’t always what it actually looks like on their end either. Unfollow some people that are making it hard to focus with and start putting in the hard work to be excellent at your craft.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find us on the web at http://thedragonflyphoto.com/ on Instagram
at https://www.instagram.com/thedragonflyphoto/ or feel free to say hello right on our website http://thedragonflyphoto.com/contact-dragonfly-photography/ we love making friends. 🙂 And although as a studio and for myself personally, I will say that while we’ve had our work featured all over the place but in the end, the face of a bride filled with emotion seeing her wedding images for the first time, those are the accolades we really care about.

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All images copyright Dragonfly Photography 2018.

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