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Life and Work with Edit Denning

Today we’d like to introduce you to Edit Denning.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I could start my story by saying that I’ve always wanted to take photographs and that when I was little I used to beg my dad to let me use his camera. I can also start with the photography lessons I took in high school or that my professors told me I have a talent.

But taking pictures was just a hobby for a long time, even though everybody called me crazy for documenting everything all the time.

It wasn’t until I moved far away from my country, my home and my family that I started realizing photography is something I should take more seriously because it became the tool that I used to tell my story, experiences, and journeys to the people I left behind.

My husband bought my first DSLR camera when our daughter was born, and shortly after I was hired to photograph my first wedding. That was pretty much the day when I decided to leave all of my previous professions behind (I was a graphic and web designer) and start this new, exciting carrier called wedding photography!

This was more than 8 years ago and it has been a pretty bumpy road to get where I am now! I struggled through culture shock, language barrier, postpartum depression, and loneliness. Building a business beside all of these struggles was very challenging for me. At the point when my marriage failed, I was trying really hard to hold onto my dreams and my vision, but I had to shift my focus and fix my life in order to feel successful and accomplished.

Thankfully, with my husband’s faith and hard work, we were able to save our marriage and start everything over. Marriage 2.0 is so far a success! We’ve learned so much about each other and what marriage is all about! We moved to Phoenix, had our second daughter, and I was finally able to start rebuilding my dream of becoming a successful documentary wedding photographer.

Success for me means that through my images I’m able to show people that relationships and family are what really matters in life! A wedding is so much more than pretty details and perfectly staged moments! I now take pictures to help couples remember who they are and why they chose to live the rest of their life with one another.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As I mentioned before, my path hasn’t been a smooth road. Beyond trying to fit into this country and culture, getting confident with my English; I had some struggles finding balance in motherhood, marriage life and running a business.

I have always admired those women who are able to commit to their career or those who fully designate their life to raise children. I wanted to learn how to do both because I couldn’t choose. Or do we have to?! Both of these responsibilities are challenging and exhausting, but at the same time very rewarding. The truth is, time goes by fast, and things change quickly. Our kids grow up, our business and dreams evolve and we also get more experienced and wiser.

It’s also very important to have a partner in life who 100% supports our dream. And that means over communicating everything, making sacrifices and being a great team member with your spouse! So when things get hard (not if, when) we are there for each other!

One more thing. Find your purpose, find the reason behind your passion and don’t let anybody change that! Put your head down and focus on what’s meaningful to you and success will find you!

Please tell us about Edit Vasadi Photography.
I’m a documentary wedding photographer with the passion for telling the stories of multicultural couples.

Documentary style means that I believe photographing real, raw emotions and moments are way more important than perfectly staged and scripted poses!

I’m Hungarian, born and raised in Serbia, studied in Italy and now I live in Phoenix with my American husband and our two daughters. Moving so many times and living away from my family taught me to cherish every moment we get to spend together. That’s why my mission as a wedding photographer is to show people that capturing reality is more valuable than staged perfection!

Beside consistently working on taking pictures in a different artistic angle, my main goal on the wedding day is to be able to capture hidden, behind the scenes stories, and moments that you don’t even remember happening or you would have otherwise missed.

I also love encouraging couples to be different and to follow their own beliefs and dreams when it comes to wedding planning. Especially when their main goal is to combine multiple cultures, languages, and traditions. Being in an intercultural marriage myself, I find it very easy to connect with other couples who sometimes had to break through long distance struggles or language difficulties.

Our differences are what make us unique!

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
App:
AnyList: for making shopping lists. Extra bonus that I can share them with my husband!
Trello: writing down ideas, collecting inspirations, making workflows and to do lists.
ThinkDirty: I use it any time I go shopping.
Later: scheduling my Instagram posts.

Books:
Gary Vaynerchuk: Crushing It!
Rachel Hollis: Girl Wash Your Face

Podcast:
The Daily Meditation (Sip and Om)
I am multicultural with Petronella Lugemwa
She Creates Business with Kinsey Roberts
DAIS by Rachel Hollis
Bridechilla Podcast
Outerfocus with Ian Weldon

Contact Info:


Image Credit:

Edit Vasadi Photography

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