When something is your calling, you just know it. Such was the case for Jeannine Bonadio. After a detour in corporate America, she fell back into her first love – photography. Now, she's delivering her classic, vibrant way of documenting precious memories to engaged couples all over the Burgh. As a self-proclaimed “sucker for weddings”, Jeannine will be as excited for your big day as you'll be, and she'll be crying, smiling, and laughing right alongside you. Finding a way to tell your individual love story is what this photographer lives for and she considers herself your personal wedding cheerleader. Connecting with her clients is a HUGE part of Jeannine's business and the experience you'll get from her will be one of friendship, assistance, and celebration. She even supplies her couples with an expert wedding planning guide full of tips and tricks to make their nuptials easy peasy. So if you like to laugh, go on Netflix binges, enjoy a good craft cocktail, get excited whenever you see a dog, and are on the hunt for a photographer who will capture your day in a timeless fashion, look no further.
Tell me a little bit about your business!
I have been in business sine 2014, when I photographed my first solo wedding among other sessions. But this journey started long before that. In high school, I took my first film photography course and continued studying photography at Penn State.
After college, I took a slight detour into corporate America and started slowly building a business of my own on the side, mostly shooting for friends and family. A few years in, I realized being at a corporate job was not the life I imagined. I started really growing my business with the hopes of finding happiness in my career.
In 2016, I took the biggest leap of my life by quitting my desk job and deciding it was time to shape my own future as a full time photographer. Everyday, I am excited to work and it truly doesn't feel like a job. I love what I do and the people I get to connect with. For me, it's all about the connections. In every job that I have had, I realized what I enjoyed the most were the people. Now I get the best of both!
What makes your work unique? Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I think what makes my work unique is my clients! No wedding is the same and that is what I love about photographing weddings. I am there to tell their individual love story. I am truly honored to capture all of the emotion, hard work, and tradition that goes into their big day.
It’s all about connection and I highly encourage meeting before deciding I am the right fit. I want my clients to feel comfortable and excited to have me join them on the big day.
What is your ideal client like?
Sweats + Netflix as much as high heels + craft cocktails; chats over coffee like we have known each other for years; loves cute notebooks; longs to eat her way through every new destination she visits; and stops to pet every dog she sees.
Do you travel for destination weddings?
YES! I wish someone would ask me to travel to Italy for an elopement! Dream wedding! *insert heart eyed emoji*
How would you describe your photography style?
I like to think my style is timeless and classic and I love a good black and white image. I will absolutely help guide you to beautiful light and pose you when needed. But mostly, I want to document the moments as they happen and capture the true emotions of your day.
My philosophy is to serve you the best I can as a photographer and a friend. It is my job to help guide your day and to keep you calm when it gets hectic (because it will), so you can relax and enjoy the celebration.
I am a sucker for weddings. I love real moments. I get chills when I see a bride walk down the aisle. It reminds me of walking down the aisle with my dad. I tear up at the shot of the groom watching his bride glide down the aisle. Then I silently cheer behind the camera when they are pronounced husband and wife. Those are the things I want you to feel when you look back on your images.
What techniques do you use to help clients feel comfortable with you and in front of the camera?
Similar to most photographers, we do an engagement session first. It is so helpful to my clients to get in front of the camera once before the big day! I even send a Wedding Welcome Guide after booking with tons of tips for the engagement session and wedding day. It has everything and they know just what to expect. I will lightly pose my couples during the session, ask them to do/say something silly, and mix in some actions. I always tell them “If I pose you and it doesn't feel natural, snuggle in and make it your own!” I want clients to leave feeling confident about the wedding day!
What emotions do you think your images evoke?
Lots of love, joy, tenderness, and I'm sure some laughter once you get to the reception images!
What is your approach to editing?
I edit in the simple, classic, and timeless style, not over edited because I just want to enhance what is already there. I stay true to the colors and vibe of your day.
What other items do you offer?
Prints, canvases, and metal prints an online gallery and heirloom wedding albums a la carte