For Charla Brummel of charla BLUE photography, it was love at first click. The Spanish teacher was chaperoning a group of high school students in Spain in 2007 when she was handed a DSL-R camera.
The self-described dreamer immediately started photographing her friends‚Äîmaternity shots, newborn shots, and weddings‚Äîwhich she decided were her niche.
“I loved planning my wedding. I love weddings in general; I cry at every one,” she admits. “I just decided it’s what I love most and the most rewarding‚Äîit’s when I’m happiest.”
Charla is unique in that she concentrates on her relationship with the bride and groom, rather than taking that ‚Äòperfect shot,’ and yet this connection allows her to take the best pictures.
“I just try to get the most natural pictures possible … I would say I love just being a fly on the wall, capturing the laughter and the tears and all of the emotion,” she said. “The best part of being wedding photographer is that you get to be a part of all the behind-the-scenes moments‚Äîwhen the bride is by herself, having her quiet moment, you get to be there.”
In these moments, she takes gorgeous photographs as well as creates relationships that will last beyond the day of the ceremony.
“I want to walk away with friends really … I like to work with couples that are a good fit for me, and we get along well and have things in common,” she said.
Charla says she’s constantly looking for ways to improve her work, to challenge herself, so that couples can walk away knowing their day could not have been captured better.
“It’s such a gift to be able to give people images that they cherish,” she said.
And with charla BLUE, those gifts just keep on giving.