POE PEOPLE: BREANNE KSHYK

POE PEOPLE: BREANNE KSHYK// © ALLISON DRAGSTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

I first met Breanne when we were both taking the Design Studies program at MacEwan. A lot has changed since then. Breanne now runs a successful photography business called Breanne Marie Photography. I’m lucky enough to be one of Breanne’s second shooters. Breanne also has a full-time job at Sarasota Homes where she’s been handling their marketing for the past 3 years.

Breanne grew up in Vegreville, Alberta moving to Edmonton at 18 to attend school at the University of Alberta. She made the decision to leave the U of A and move to the Design Studies program at MacEwan where she completed the 3 year program with a focus on photography.

POE PEOPLE: BREANNE KSHYK// © ALLISON DRAGSTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

What made you choose the design program at MacEwan?

Growing up I really loved album covers. I thought graphic design was super sweet and ended up getting more into photography and now I almost exclusively do weddings but that wasn’t planned.

How did you transition into wedding photography?

I had your wedding, and then the next summer I booked three. Then you start realizing that it’s an awesome thing to be part of people’s lives for one day.

POE PEOPLE: BREANNE KSHYK// © ALLISON DRAGSTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Tell me more about what you do at Sarasota Homes?

I run all of their social media accounts. They have the home-building side and then the real estate brokerage side. I photograph all of the homes for real estate and print ads.

What made you fall in love with photography?

I think the reactions. The sessions themselves are super fun. To get to know people and to see how they interact with each other, especially with the couples. Editing weddings now is super fun. Last weekend we had a wedding, the look on the grooms face when he sees the bride is so amazing. I think that this is the coolest, to see the emotion in people. It’s the best, you don’t get it in many jobs.

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What do you like most about shooting weddings?

The emotion. That connection is so good, it renews your faith in humanity. 

How do you balance a full-time job plus your work as a photographer?

Not very well (laughs)! Too much coffee and too little sleep. I try to just set a schedule. So everyday I’ll get up at 5am and edit before work and then every evening I’ll set aside another few hours to edit if I can. Keeping a schedule keeps it manageable. 

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Not that you have a lot, but what do you do in your spare time?

Run. I really like endurance running. And if I’m not doing that I really like to drink wine and hang out with friends.

What are your favourite places to shoot in Edmonton?

Favourite spots are for sure all of the Rust Magic graffiti walls, those are great. El Cortez I’ve shot at a hundred times and I love it all the time. Have Mercy is cool and they’re super welcoming. Whyte Ave has a lot cool spots.

What are your favourite things to do in the city aside from running?

I love the downtown Farmer’s Market. And going out for food and drink!

POE PEOPLE: BREANNE KSHYK// © ALLISON DRAGSTEN PHOTOGRAPHY

A  big thank you to Breanne for being a part of POE and taking time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me for this interview. Be sure to check out Bre's work via her website and Instagram! She's now booking 2018 weddings!

POE PEOPLE: BREANNE KSHYK// © ALLISON DRAGSTEN PHOTOGRAPHY