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Meet Jan Freire of Freire Wedding Photo in Edgewater

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jan Freire.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my professional photography business back in Europe in 1991! A modeling scout stopped me on the street and asked me to come for a test shoot to one of the best fashion photographers in town. Well, I came but it turned into my career. Not as a model. I stayed as an assistant in that studio and after 3 months I had my first clients. So I started directly with fashion photography.

So I’ve worked with all high-end fashion magazines, top models, and many celebrities. But I never felt like it’s my dream. It’s a long story but one day I discovered wedding photography. And I fell in love. High-end wedding photography is now my passion and dream.

As most of the fashion photographer, I never really wanted to shoot weddings. Now I don’t understand why. High-End Weddings are actually the best kind of fashion. And they are filled with real emotions, opposed with fake fashion world.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
After I realized I truly love wedding photography I decided to move to Florida. Wedding season in Florida is 9 months, while in mid-Europe or NYC it’s 3-4 months. And of course, the road was not very smooth. I came here without knowing anyone and I had to build my business from scratch again. But where passion, willing and hustle, there is is the success too!

It took me 5 years until I was approached by one of the best wedding planners. Those 5 years wasn’t always easy, but it was an awesome road.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As you know already, I was known as fashion and celebrity photographer. And being grown in Europe gives you different taste, style, and perspective. And it plays well towards my niche.

Now my studio is specializing in high-end wedding photography. I know how to properly capture the story of the day and all the emotions, but I also provide every and each of my brides with images ready for the best magazines. And many of my weddings was featured in the best luxury wedding magazines, like Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.

So I’m a luxury wedding photographer in Miami and NY. I also do engagement sessions, bridal shoots or boudoir. I do many bridal fashion shoots for designers too. That’s my kind of fashion! And we are recently launching our newest product, anniversary sessions.

I still do some lifestyle commercial photography projects. In Miami, I have done jobs for Dior or SONY.

What were you like growing up?
As I mentioned I was growing up in Europe. I started with photography pretty late, when I was 20. Until then I did what my father wanted. When I started to earn first real money with photography I decided to leave technical university. 10 years later I started another one. And I finished very good Comenius University with MBA in Management and marketing.

My #1 hobby and passion is traveling. I visited 25 countries and over 150 cities on 4 continents. Now I’m blessed that I can travel with my wedding business. So I’m fully available for destination weddings!

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