STAR VENDOR: VERONICA VAROS PHOTOGRAPHY

i've really been looking forward to sharing with you a little bit more about veronica varos photography. if you've looked around on the website or the glitter & grit facebook page, you've probably seen some of her work. i met veronica before the store was even open, and instantly connected. she's an insanely kind soul, and mega-talented to boot. if you're looking for a photographer to capture each special moment of your wedding day, this is your gal. oh, and p.s. - veronica also offers amazingly elegant boudoir sessions! 

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when did you enter the wedding industry? what made you want to do so?
-My first wedding was in July of 2008. I had been a concert photographer for years at that point and had a friend who asked me to photograph her wedding. I was hesitant. Extremely. But I did it and I loved it. I shot half of the wedding on film and half digitally. It felt really comfortable and reminded me a lot of concert photography. (With wedding AND concert photography, you must be on your toes, you must catch moments as they happen - you cannot recreate anything, you have to be quick with the always changing lighting situations, and they're both very fast paced.) A cousin of mine from Boston visited shortly after and gave me the extra push and support I needed to make the switch. (She's an incredibly talented wedding photographer - so that extra encouragement was so helpful!) Making the switch into the wedding world was certainly one the best choices I've ever made!

what was your most glittering moment in your business?
-I love it all. Can I say that? When I initially receive an inquiry from an eager bride and groom, that's glittering. When I meet with that excited couple and we share stories over coffee and tea, it's glittering. The day of the wedding is a glittering experience - of course. And, after the delivery of the images, the crying thank you phone calls, the quickly typed excited emails expressing pure joy, or the well thought out thank you letter. Those moments will stick with me forever. Perhaps, if I had to narrow it down to one glittering moment (per client!) it would be that moment. The final delivery of those incredibly special moments and the reactions from the couples.

what's your grit / what sets you apart?

- I take pride in the fact that I'm not a cookie-cutter wedding photographer. I'm not a traditional photographer. and it's my goal to be a fly on the wall of each wedding day, preferring to photograph things as they happy naturally, rather than posing them. I absolutely love receiving emails after the fact, saying things like, "I don't even remember you being there for that!" or "I had forgotten that even happened!"

please share a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry.
- I had the pleasure of working on a styled shoot with Glitter & Grit (the lovely Erin!) and a number of other amazing vendors earlier this year. It's something that will stick with me forever. Erin, Carmel at Mt. Lebanon Floral, Ansley at Bliss Events, and I spent months meeting and preparing for the shoot and on the big day - it was clear all of that time had paid off. It was so beautiful, so perfect, so everything-I-expected-and-more. But it wasn't only a wonderful and memorable experience in terms of details and work. I walked away from the shoot with closer friendships with some of my absolute favorite vendors in the business which was just wonderful.

please describe your ideal client, i.e. who will love you? 
-My clients tend to be very creative individuals. Sometimes they are obviously creative based on their professions. Artists, inventors, architects. Sometimes, their professions do not necessarily scream artist. Lawyers, scientists. But regardless of age, profession, or hobbies - the bottom line is that they always have some sort of creative side - some massive appreciation for art or photography. I've been lucky enough to book my ideal clients for the last few years and I certainly hope that streak never stops! :)

gritty details:
established: 2008 (weddings)
price range: Currently average bookings between $3500 - $5000, starting at $1800 for four hours of coverage.
inclusions or options: Engagement or other portrait sessions, albums, and prints available.
location: Pittsburgh
websitehttp://veronicavaros.com
emailhello@veronicavaros.com
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OPEN BY PRIVATE APPOINTMENT 

5300 BUTLER STREET, PITTSBURGH PA 15201

{412}781-2375

glitterandgritpgh@gmail.com