Clear across the country from my Southwest Florida location is where you’ll find Renee of Renee Giugliano Photography. And in a way I think that’s a shame, because after our email correspondence I think she and I would get along so well, and I wish we could go for coffee together! But, it’s a great thing for the folks of Whidbey Island, Washington, who have an amazing photographer in their midst. Check out Renee’s website, and read on to learn more about her business!
Name: Renee Giugliano – Don’t be afraid, it’s actually easier than it looks, just say Ju- lee – ah – no.
Nickname(s): Miss Wanae (by my younger clients), Rascal (my dad), Nay-Nay (my husband) and Mommy (my kids of course)
Business: I started my business, Renee Giugliano Photography (www.reneegphotography.com) in 2006. I currently work part time due to having 3 children, 1 of which is in preschool and who is only gone for about 3 hours, twice a week. I’m also the wife to an active Navy Sailor, so my time is primarily given to my family. I specialize in pregnancy, newborn & child photography. I have done a little bit of everything, but those types of sessions make my heart skip beats. Most of my clients are under 10 years old and I absolutely LOVE it!
Tell us about your studio(s): My studio is within my home. It’s a small area just off of my dining room. I do venture out into fields and beaches when requested. But living in the pacific northwest sometimes limits those sessions and most parents prefer to keep their little ones dry and warm. Many people are so surprised when they hear I work from that small space.
Tell us about the style of portraits your produce for your clients: I’m known for my bright, fun colors! Since a majority of my clients are young, I encourage “FUN”! I make it a goal to have everyone laughing through out the session. I do try to stay simplistic when it comes to props, only bringing out one thing at a time. I also keep skin tones as natural as possible, skipping over popular actions & treatments. During fall & winter, I do get a little creative and provide sets for the holidays. They have become quite popular over the last few years.
Are you a self taught photographer, or did you have formal instruction? I am self taught. I’ve always had a camera in my hand since about 10 years old. But began to take it seriously after the arrival of my 2nd child. I have done some online workshops, in-person workshops, lots of reading on & offline. Being part of an online forum really helped me as I was learning the technical and business side as well.
What products that you produce completely knock your client’s socks off? The most popular products are coffee table books, mini albums & accordions. One product that I offer as an art piece is what I call a “Whimsical”. I take one image (chosen by me or by the client) and by using various techniques, I create a whimsical, unique piece of art, usually bought as a 16×20 or larger. These are a signature piece in my area that no one else offers.
What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer? The families I meet, the children who become my buddies, and the images that make me giggle & sometimes cry at night while I am editing them.
Least favorite thing? When families move. I live in a military town and although we’ve been blessed to have been able to stay here for 15 years, lots of wonderful clients have become close friends and it’s hard to see them go.
What are people surprised to learn about you? That I am the one always hiding from any cameras pointing in my direction.
Who do you wish you could photograph – and why? I honestly cannot think of anyone else besides my own extended family. They all live in Southern California, so I would love to capture some of their moments just for myself. Sounds weird, but I miss a lot events & special occasions because I am so far.
What are your goals with your photography – either personally or professionally? Gaining confidence & time to get my CPP (Certified Professional Photographer). I know it will challenge me, I’m scared to death, but I really want to do it! Hoping that this fall, with 2 kids in school full time & 1 in 3 days-a-week preschool, I will be able to dedicate that extra time to studying.