PHOTOGRAPHERS | HUSBAND & WIFE | ADVENTURERS
Hi! We are Dana & Vince Bruinsma (don't worry about pronouncing our last name, we aren't even quite sure how to say it). We are so glad that you've taken the time to look through our website! If you are reading this you probably would like to learn more about us, so... here's our story.
We met in college, tennis class to be exact, and quickly became good friends. We ended up spending a lot of time hanging out with our mutual friends, playing board games, and eventually going on photo adventures together. Ever since highschool, Dana has been obsessed with darkroom photography and it wasn't long before we were spending hours processing film together in our college's darkroom. Somewhere around this time, we started dating and eventually graduated college, Dana with a degree in Art Education and Vince with a degree in Business. At this point, Dana ended up teaching a semester of darkroom photography to students at a nearby highschool, while Vince got a job working in Yellowstone National Park. This time period was both a wonderful and challenging part of our relationship. We were both working jobs that we were passionate about, but the 1500 miles between us was taking a toll. So we ended up moving to Dana's hometown, Gettysburg PA, in 2013, where we got married in 2014, and still call home.
--At this point, we are going to stop talking about ourselves in this weird third-person narrative and talk like normal human beings--
(Dana speaking) Can we just talk about how hard it is to sit down and write sometihng about yourself? It is just, very difficult.
For me, photography has been a lifelong passion. Remember those cameras that made stickers? I had one. It had barbies on it. Then I discovered the poloroid. I would thift around for old polaroid cameras just to find some that still had film in them when they stopped making film for them when I was in highschool. Now I have this absolutely insane collection of them. After that I moved on to the 35mm SLR, and finally the magical world of digital photography. My love for photography really began in my teenage years when I learned how to process and print my own images in the darkroom. There's just a magical feeling when you snap a film shot, process the film, and create your own print. There's a different sense of artistic ownership that is hard to explain unless you've felt it.
To be entirely honest, I fought the idea of being a wedding photographer real hard. Telling myself things like, "Weddings are stressful. What about bridezillas? GROOMZILLAS? Is there going to be enough cheese there for me to eat? What if I fall into the cake? What if people don't like my dance moves?!" However, once I started photographing friends' engagements I realized I had a passion for portrait photography that I didn't know was there. Seven years later, here we are!
(Vince speaking) Photography is a relatively new passion for me. It wasn't until working in Yellowstone that I really developed a love for making photographs. My brother, John, had lent me his old Pentax 35mm camera and basically every free moment of time was spent hiking the backcountry, documenting my trips in 35mm film. So landscapes became my first love in photography. When I moved to Gettysburg, I started tagging along on wedding shoots with Dana. It was at this point that I developed a passion for portrait and story-telling photography. What I love about making photos is that it forces me to slow down, to notice the tiny nuances of lighting, landscapes, emotions, and humans. I've found that it enhances my appreciation of every situation, whether it is a mountain landscape, a city street, or a groom seeing his bride for the first time. There is a sweet joy that I've found in being able to freeze a moment of time while telling the story that is unfolding around me.
We are so grateful for the opportunity to work side-by-side doing something that we are both passionate about. If you'd like us to document your story, send us a little bit of information about yourselves here. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and look through our work!
We are big fans of the original selfie stick, the tripod, and taking weird portraits of ourselves. If you dig through our instagram you'll find random images of us where Vince ran barefoot across cliffs after setting a 10 second timer.
Vince's favorite color is brown (arguably one of the worst favorite colors one could have).
Dana wears pink fuzzy socks at home when nobody is watching.
We maybe like our cats a little bit too much. We have two little weirdos named Olive & Juniper. We regularly discuss starting an instagram page about them, but it will never actually happen.
Vince has a band, they are pretty okay. Give them a listen if you're curious.
Dana plays roller derby. Her derby name is Dana Darko.
We met in tennis class in college.
We are both really bad at tennis.
Vince is kind of a snob about coffee, the kind that brings an aeropress on a camping trip.
Dana is a master playlist maker and probably destined to become a DJ at some point.
We don't have a TV, but watch a lot of Netflix (Stranger Things anyone?).
We believe the most important things in life are: God, our marriage, family, friends, and tacos. Also coffee. Can't forget the coffee.