It probably won’t be very often that you’ll see a photographer in our little black book. We are photographers ourselves after all. But we often get asked if we photograph weddings and, for now, our answer is always no. We love weddings! The emotion, the love,the happiness, the details. But with both of our families being so young and the commitment it takes to shoot weddings, it’s not in the plans just yet, if ever. So we were looking for a wedding photographer that we loved, that we could refer our clients too. We found that in Jack & Ruby Photography. Like us, Kara & Becky are two women, two wives, two friends and we are excited to get to share them with you here!
Here are a few of their favourite images!
Name: Becky Radtke and Kara Wieler
Becky – Â B or Bucks
Kara – Just Kara or Kara Rhea
Hails from: We’re both from Winkler, MB, though Becky has been a Winnipeg resident for many years.
Name of your business: Jack and Ruby Photography
When was your business revealed? May, 2010
Why did you start your business? We both have individual photography businesses as well as Jack and Ruby Photography. Â We first worked together for our Girls are a Girls Best Friend photo contest and we had so much fun we decided to work together more often. Â Getting together to shoot weddings may have stemmed for our mutual disdain for sitting alone at wedding receptions, but it quickly became much more than that. Â We push each other to be better, and when one of us is having an off day, the other is always ready with a pep talk. Â We can now shoot two angles in the same amount of time, always having two perspectives instead of just one.
What inspires You?
We are truly inspired by love, romance, and all things pretty! Â Without love we would be out of a job!
What does your business offer?
Wedding, Engagement and couple photography. Â We also work on some other fun projects once in a while. Â We pride ourselves in seeing the romantic side of every couple. Â We want to bring our couples back to their first date, or the day they first felt that spark. Â That’s what we want to capture. Â We love people in love, and we want their images to show that.
Where do you see your business in the future?
We hope to see Jack and Ruby continue to thrive. Â We have put a lot into developing our business and it’s become like a child to us. Â We love that as we grow we have more freedom to shoot what inspires us and to work with so many fabulous people and creative minds.
How do you balance work/family?
Kara: This is probably my biggest challenge. Â I have a 6 month old at home and am challenged daily to find time for both her and my passion for photography. Â Luckily the major benefit of running your own business is that you can choose to take on only as much as you can handle. Â It’s been a learning curve, but I make sure to set aside plenty of time for both my child and my family. Â Jack and Ruby doesn’t photograph every weekend, Manitoba summers are only so long and it’s important to me to take time toÂ camp with my family and enjoy the gorgeous weather.
Becky: Ditto what Kara said, this is a big challenge for me, sometimes I feel like if i’m not working i’m doing anything useful. I made a goal to work less this year so I have more time to myself, time to keep my house clean and time to spend with my family. Â With a husband who also works in the wedding industry we both understand what the other person is going through and we extend a lot of grace to each other during wedding season. Â Our motto is to work hard in the summer play hard in the winter!
Now for a few â€œfunâ€ questionsâ€¦
Kara – I can slalom water ski, build a camp fire (though my husband never lets me) and make a mean lemon cheesecake!
Becky – I know a lot about pop culture, I’m like a human wikipedia.
Kara – Going to sleep at night rather than staying up to edit until 4am.
Becky – Â Keeping my house clean!
Chips or chocolate?
Kara – Definitely chocolate!
Becky – Chips! Â They’re my weakness!
Becky – My husband who supports and encourages me. Â He was really the one to challenge me to follow my dreams with photography.
Kara – I’ll have to agree with Becky on this one. Â Without my husband I wouldn’t be able to be a mother AND a photographer. Â And without his hard work I would have to work a lot more and live a lot less.
Kara – Bad manners. Â Like when people don’t say thank you when you hold the door open for them!
Becky – People who recline their chairs on airplanes.
Kara – Right now? Â Pretty much any working mom. Â Even more so, mothers who are professional photographers. How do they do it?!?!
Becky – In life – my mom and dad. In work – Coralee Penner and Jasmine Star
Canâ€™t live without:
Kara – My passport!
Becky – My iPhone!!
Little known fact:
Kara – I once had a job holding the stop sign for road construction. Â I lasted three weeks.
Becky – When I was four I cut my knee open while hurdling over boxes in roller skates, I still have a scar.
Thanks so much Kara & Becky!
â™¥Lizette & Carol