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Meet Randi Kreckman of Randi Kreckman Photography in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Randi Kreckman.

Randi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Photography found me, really, and I’m so glad it did. There is this old photograph, my parents on the beach where my dad loved to surf. Neither of them are looking directly at the camera, they’re just interacting. It’s not simply a photo that says, “This is what they looked like.” It is a photo that says, “This is who they are. This is how they were before you were born.” It was taken in October of ’79 so it’s completely faded, but I have it framed in my home.

Growing up, I had always thought I’d be a writer; I loved to tell stories. Then, I got my first camera and it changed my world. I never dreamed I’d be a visual storyteller, but I love it so much. Photography allows me to tell the story of real people in their everyday life, in the in-between moments or on momentous days. If I can evoke true emotion for my clients when they view the work I’ve done, there’s nothing better.

I launched this business of mine in July of 2016. Right away, I knew I needed more than just my knack for Photoshop and love of cameras. I signed up for Let’s Go! Workshop in Oregon and gained one of the best experiences, which led me to Camp Archipelago in the Azores for another workshop. Learning from some of the best and being able to practice and create with other like-minded artists is what really propelled my craft! I will always be grateful for those connections and experiences. I also second shot weddings alongside some talented photographers to get a feel for how the day would go. Eventually, I began booking my own weddings and in this, I have found my true calling. Wedding photography is simply the best thing I have ever done!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been a surprisingly smooth road, though not without a few bumps. I have definitely had a few struggles with feeling less than when viewing other’s work and sometimes I definitely feel like social media and SEO are my arch nemeses. But overall, I believe that the doors to this world have opened for me to continue to pursue this dream.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Randi Kreckman Photography – what should we know?
I am a wedding and portrait photographer and while I do photograph weddings of all kinds, I tend to fall hardest for those intimate weddings and elopements held in wild, sometimes even remote, locations. I am always up to travel for a destination wedding and love being immersed in new cultures.

As a photographer, I’m a fan of very affectionate and fun-loving couples who are up for adventure. One of my favorite things is a couple who embrace the wind and the elements (even a little dirt). I specialize in telling the story of a couple or wedding in an emotional way and I love allowing the deep, rich colors of this world to flourish when I edit the images I’ve captured. I believe what sets me apart is where I draw my inspiration and how I put those visions to play. Every artist is unique and I have my own take on this art.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have absolutely had mentors, supporters, cheerleaders, and some amazing couples as clients. As I attended workshops, I was impacted by each teacher/speaker I learned from but two of them really had a profound effect on my work and my view of this artistry. Don Bringas of Don + Helen as well as Catalina Jean Dow taught me so much! I will always be grateful for their wisdom and heart, the stories they shared, and the view into how they work. My friends and family have been avid supporters, always offering kind words of encouragement and a thoughtful eye. And my clients have played such an important role in this journey, for sure. They’ve trusted me despite my newness to the field and I’ll always appreciate that trust. They’ve also built me up with feedback and how they felt about my work once delivered. I really would not be where I am without the input of all of these people and more!

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