Wedding Photographer - Jurgita Lukos Photography shoots a wedding at Kaunas, Lithuania
Tell us a little about yourself??My name is Jurgita Lukos and I’m Lithuanian. Wife and mother of two incredible children. Voracious learner who loves photography, travel and flowers. I used to live in the United States for 8 year, but decided to return home to Lithuania and start our lives all over again.
How do you think or would like people to describe you?People usually describe me as a calm and quite person, listener, hard working, passionate with what I do, detail oriented with beautiful smile.
Tell us a little bit about the wedding day?Emotional, warm, intimate, full of joy and laughter. With Lithuanian traditions like love lock ceremony. A unique ceremony using a love padlock with their names and date engraved on it. Once a couple close a padlock together, just as the lock cannot be unlocked, nor can their love and commitment to one another.
The ritual symbolizes opening hearts, and lives to one another. They tossed their keys over a bridge into the water, where there is no hope of retrieving it. At the reception Vaida and Paulius were welcomed by their parents with rye bread, salt and water. The bread represents the symbolic hope that they will never go hungry; the salt reminds them that their joint life will have its difficulties and the water represents the parents wishes for health and happiness for the couple. And in this wedding we went to the museum of the history of Lithuania medicine and pharmacy to drink a love potion.
How did you get into wedding photography?When I lived in Colorado, I joined a couple of photography clubs. One was a landscape club, other a portraiture group. There I started to be comfortable photographing people. Other photographers asked me to assist and second shoot at some weddings. When I returned to Lithuania I become a primary shooter.
How long have you been a wedding photographer?This year is my fourth season.
Can you share how you've made your wedding photography business a success? Any mistakes you made along the way?I'm not sure if I would consider myself a success yet. I'm in process. Just loving what I do, working hard, stay focused on service, really looking at my brand, brand perception, go above and beyond expectations and make it a pleasant experience.
What do you think a bride or groom should be looking for and not looking for in terms of wedding photography packages?You just have to look for what you really love and should be able to see yourself in the images.
How do you advertise yourself and what for you has really worked?I’m listed in various wedding sites, social media (facebook, instagram) is great too. Most clients finds me through google search. Weddings that I shoot are published in numerous wedding blogs around the word, that helps too.
Why do you think people hire you?I think they love my work. I need to ask my clients this question more often.
How many weddings do you average per year?Since it’s my second season as a primary shooter in Lithuania, I’m not very known and popular here yet. So, it’s 5-10 per year.
Whose wedding would you love to shoot?A couple who loves my work and are madly in love, casual and laid back, with an outdoor ceremony and reception next to the lake or in the woods at the twilight with hundreds candlelights.
If you were asked to shoot a destination wedding, where would you hope it would be?Sicily or South of France. Somewhere with the mountains like Telluride or Ouray in Colorado, United States.
What equipment do you have for a typical wedding day?Canon 5DMII, back up body, 50mm and 85mm. I try to keep it light and not to carry a lot of gear during the day.
What is the most challenging thing about a wedding.
Do you have an approach to a wedding?I don’t have one. Every wedding is so different. I stay focused, with a smile on the face and share it with others.
Who or what inspires you?I find inspiration in nature, books, movies, songs.
Best & Worst marketing idea so far?Best: Send photos to the creative team of the wedding; submit photos to the international wedding blogs and social media.
Worst: Paid ads.
If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?Florist, I just love flowers.
Share your favourite image of the day and why?Everything speaks in this photo, they love and respect each other and you can see and feel it.
Do you have any goals for the future photography related or otherwise?Shoot a destination wedding; to be published in printed in a wedding magazine; to win couple awards would be great too :)
But most important is just keep enjoying this wonderful life while doing what I love most.
What do you think is key to being a successful wedding photographer?Hard work, consistency, develop your own style, be a great people person and business man.
Are there any other wedding photographers whose work inspires you, can be a well know photographer or somebody you've stumbled across?Jonas Peterson, Nordica Photography, Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina.
Proudest moment so far. Photography related or otherwise?That after 8 years of comfortable living in United States we decided to came back home and start everything all over. Photography related, to be published in so many international wedding blogs is so amazing too!! I’m honored and thank full to all my couples that chose me as their wedding photographer.
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