Today we want to introduce you to SnapKnot member Jorge Valdivia with Mirage Artistic Photography. He is a local photographer based out of Belleville, New Jersey and has 10 years of experience with some amazing photos to prove it!
We asked Jorge a few questions so we could get to know him a little better. You will also get a see a sample of his beautiful wedding and engagement photos. Enjoy!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“My Name is Jorge Valdivia and I love what I do. I get to meet fantastic people and get to attend a great party every weekend. I have 4 children and one granddaughter and have been happily married to the love of my life for 17 years!!”
Why did you choose to be a photographer?
“My father worked for a professional lab as a technician for many years and I would go and hang out with him on the weekends. There I met some incredible photographers that took me out as an assistant to help on their weddings. After many years of being an assistant and going to school for visual arts I finally purchased my first set of gear and the rest is history.”
How long have you been a photographer and what experience do you have?
“I have been a photographer for 10 years and shoot an average of 80 weddings a year. I have worked in many venues from Olde Mill Inn to The Plesentdale Chateau and everything in-between.”
How would you classify your style of photography?
“Photojournalistic, fashion, fun with a hint of traditionalism.”
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
My children are my life the reason why I am in business and work as hard as I do.”
Do you have any really great wedding stories?
“Yes… we shot a wedding in New York City at Chelsea Piers. The bride and groom where fantastic! Portraits were done at the highline and were amazing. In the middle of the reception one of the guest give the bride and groom a brand new porsche, and they were so surprised!!!”
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
“Canon 5d Mark 3.”
What would you recommend for a couple starting their search for a wedding photographer?
“Make sure that you like the work of the photographer and more importantly love the photographers personality.”
What is next for you and/or your business?
“We are planing to open a new location in South Jersey! Very exciting!”
Thank you so much Jorge for sharing all this great information about your photographic journey, your company and your love for wedding photography. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer in the New Jersey or surrounding areas, be sure to check out Jorge’s personal website at www.mirageartisticphotography.com or be sure to see his work showcased on his SnapKnot profile.