I studied at NAIT and took their Photographic Technology program, and graduated in 2017. Before that, I was studying secondary education with a major in the the French language.
Photography is my greatest love. I feel most comfortable behind the camera, and I love working with people to bring a little vintage flair to modern times!
Our readers would love to get to know you more Renee. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
Veronica Vintage started with a great love of pinups from the 40s, as well as a desire to help women feel empowered and beautiful through pinup and boudoir. I pull much inspiration for posing through old pinup posters since they were created to make a woman look as beautiful and curvy as possible.
I also take much inspiration from silent movie stars from the 1920s. I think that the glamour of Clara Bow and Gloria Swanson are timeless, and I strive to bring that to my portrait work.
Quite a few people have asked me where the name "Veronica Vintage" comes from. I spent a long time trying to come up with something that brought together the vintage aspect, as well as being alliterative. My grandmother's name is Veronique, which is the French version of Veronica, and I was named after her.
Renee, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I started photography while studying secondary education while working at a historical photography studio in a living history museum in Edmonton. I had always loved photography and had toyed with the idea of doing it as a professional. However, it wasn't until I worked at the museum that I seriously thought about it. The next year, I started studying photography, and here we are!
I strive to help empower both men and women feel sexy and beautiful through pinup and boudoir. Moreover, yes! Men can 100% do pinup! I truly believe that everyone is beautiful in his or her way, and I don't believe in using Photoshop to change anyone's body shape.
Who is your inspiration in life Renee? How do you stay inspired as Photographer?
I'm lucky enough to be surrounded by creative people. I have quite a few photography friends, and seeing their work inspires me to continue to improve. I also love watching period pieces, like "Outlander", "When Calls the Heart", and "Call the Midwife". Something about the wardrobe and the hair and makeup makes me want to create something based on that era.
We all make mistakes Renee; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
I honestly wish that I had been more honest with myself, and more forgiving of myself as well in my teens and early twenties. I saw other people's opinion as fact over my life, and because of that, I tried to lock away my creative side for a long time. What other people think of me and my life doesn't matter, and I wish I had figured that out long before I did.
Renee, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I try to make preparing for a session as easy as possible. Regardless if it's a wedding or a pinup session, most people get quite nervous, and I try to ease fears as much as I can.
My sessions usually start with a consultation, where we talk about expectations and how the session will go. Then, we talk about wardrobe, especially for a portrait session, and we talk about colour palette and how to make everyone look like he or she belong, but not like he or she're all wearing the same outfit. A few weeks later, we meet for an ordering session, where we order wall art and albums.
Please tell us, Renee, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
I take Sundays off from my photography business so that I can visit with my parents, do some housework, and make meals for the week.
During the summer, I work later in the evening with clients, so that I have the best light possible outside. This means lunch dates with friends and midmorning cafe stops. However, in the winter when the sun sets earlier, I tend to make time for my friends in the evenings, so that I still can work around the best light possible.
Renee, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When I was in high school, I worked part-time at a pet store, in the fish department. We had quite a few clients come in and want to put three or four goldfish in a tiny little bowl, but this is detrimental to the health of a fish. After explaining why not to put multiple fish in a small bowl, most people listened and either upgraded their habitats or only took home one goldfish.
I took this quiet way of explaining with me after I left, and I use it to this day to talk to my clients.
Renee, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer.
I am so proud of my publications, my styled shoots, and the fact that I am on my way of supporting myself with photography full time.
Renee, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My thesis project while at school was something that was a huge creative project. It was planned, photographed and presented in less than two months.
I had a team of 10 hair and makeup artists, five different designers, two assistants, and two models. We transformed the model from era to era, from the 1740s all the way to the 1980s.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
Be patient. Have your camera on you all the time. Have fun. Chase the light. Watch tutorials on youtube. Find your style. Know your worth and charge for it.
Now for the best part Renee! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Renee Mutch @veronicavintage