I have worked with Andrea Bucheli, owner of Bucheli Photography, for many years – way back when she worked with Christopher Kight Photographers!
Not only is she an awesome photographer, but she is also one of the sweetest people I know! And I’d like you to know a little more about her.
Please tell me a little about yourself.
I’m from a little town in Colombia, named Pasto. Like Pasta but with an “o” – haha!
I love anything crafts, painting, making jewelry, you name it, I love to try a new craft. I also love the outdoors, so I spend a lot of time going on walks, hikes with my furry pups.
Tell me about your family.
My husband’s name is Brandon, he’s my high school crush. I got lucky enough to marry him, years and years and years later, haha!
I ran into his dad at the dentist, after not seeing him for about 20 years. I know crazy!! He was going through a divorce and I had just broken up with a boyfriend that I had for many years, so the last thing on both of our minds was another relationship. However, his dad told him that he ran into me at the dentist and he found my website and contacted me from there. We never stopped talking since.
A couple of months later, he asked me out on a real date. I, of course, had thought about him for yearssssss and was excited to begin this journey with him.
Children and Fur-Babies
He has two amazing kiddos from his previous marriage. I love them to death. Their names are Yana and Jack. I was fortunate to get to know them since they were very little. Yana was 3 years old and Jack was 1 when we started dating, so it’s nice that they don’t really remember their life without me. I absolutely love being a mom, or should I say “Stepmom” They have made my life complete. I love them to death.
My fur babies are Lucas, almost 14 and our little guy is Biggie, 1 year old. I got Lucas from my siblings and sisters-in-law when my mom passed away in 2005. My mom was a huge part of my life and I took care of her, so when she passed away, my siblings decided I need a distraction and a buddy, this was Lucas. He was 8 weeks old and has been my little companion and therapy through all the crazy times. He’s my old pup now, but still has a pep to his step. Especially now that we have Biggie.
We thought that we couldn’t bear the thought of Lucas not being with us in the future and he’s getting older, so we got another puppy. We wanted him to learn from Lucas. He has been an amazing addition to our family, especially for the kiddos. They are at the perfect age to enjoy and play with this sweet pup. He’s a love and even his big brother loves him.
(Note: Sadly, Lucas crossed the rainbow bridge in September of 2019.)
What do you do to maintain work-life balance?
This is a tricky thing, considering I’m a wedding photographer and I am gone a lot of weekends. Being a business owner, it’s a 24/7 job in a way. However, I do try to save certain weekends off just for family, of course sometimes that’s planned out a year in advance. lol!
I try to make their practices for sports or to their plays, those are priority. I want to be there to give them good night kisses and snuggles, help them with homework, etc. Games sometimes are on weekends and I miss some of those, but I do try to make a priority to be present for the time that we have the kiddos. They do grow so fast, so I don’t want to miss their childhood.
Also, since we share custody with the kiddos’ mom, we do get to be parents 50% of the time and 50% of the time regular adults. So, every Thursday and of course there are some exceptions, my husband and I have date night or date day. We check out a new brewery and enjoy each other’s company. We catch up on things that have happened throughout the week and re-connect. I feel that is always important for a marriage. Once we get the kiddos back, we are feeling re-charged and ready to be there as parents with everything that it has to offer.
In one or two words how would you describe yourself?
Hmmm… never been asked this before, but a few of the words that I hear a lot from people, from time to time are: “Genuine,” “Loyal,” “Thoughtful.” I think I’d like to think of myself and is the person I always want to be with everyone is: “Genuine.”
If there was a movie of your life, what would the title be?
Hmmm.. another hard one. My life has had different paths and adventures. Moved from Colombia at 13 years old. Learned English, I was a nanny, a pizza delivery girl, moved to Arizona, then I became a flight attendant for 15 years while going to Sac State for part of that time and then opening my own business.
To marriage, to being a stepmom. so… hmmm.. “Bucheli Adventures” I have to think about this one more. haha.
What inspired you to become a Wedding Photographer?
This was actually never in my plans. I went to Sacramento State University to study Interior Design. One of the required classes I needed to take was a beginning darkroom black and white photography class.
Need to say more? haha! Loved it. So I kept taking more photography classes, even though that wasn’t my major at the time.
One of my photography teachers, I will never forget her: Sharmon Goff. She was very inspiring, she entered some images into competitions for me, she was the one that told me that I had to do a double major or at least get a minor in photography.
So I did. Something happened along the way, where I fell in love more with Photography than Interior Design, although that’s still my second passion.
I also happened to be a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding and their photographer: Christopher Kight – also a teacher at Consumnes River College for wedding photography – was so much fun! I asked him if he offered any internships. His response: “I have an apprentice program, it’s great.” “Sign me up please!!”
Met with him and began assisting weddings and fell in love with them. I started to learn the aspects of wedding photography, planning, posing, lighting, timeline of the day, plan A, plan B, C, D, etc. in case things do not go quite right on a wedding timeline. It was a great experience and he taught me the business side of it too.
A few years after, with his help, I opened my own business. Haven’t looked back since. I’ve been in business since 2007. I LOVE weddings!!
What is your favorite part of your job?
I absolutely love capturing relationships in general. Not just the obvious ones, bride and groom, but the relationship of the bride with her bridesmaids, her grandparents, the groom’s army boys, the long-lost cousin. I think there’s something so beautiful about capturing those little special moments. From marriage to their first baby, to the high school photos, family events. All of it has its own unique special mini moment.
After losing both my parents in 2005, I realized how much I love looking at photos of them and the memories throughout my life with them. Those are moments that are in my mind, but it is also so great to see the expressions, their clothing, what everything looked like at that particular moment, and get that feeling all over again from looking at that photograph. The power of a photo is huge.
Who is your ideal client?
Anyone that appreciates memories.
We know that Wedding Professionals work together as a team. Which other team members do you work especially closely with?
We definitely do. There are so many talented people in this industry. I have the honor to work with some incredible people.
I would say, I typically work closely with wedding planners throughout the day, DJ’s, officiants, videographers. And of course, all the decor, flowers, linens, cake bakers, all those that I may not necessarily see the day of, are all part of this one beautiful day and it’s incredible to be a part of that team.
Do you have a favorite wedding experience or major calamity that’s now a great story?
Hmmm.. Nothing crazy, but oh yes. One time I locked the keys in my car by accident with all of my photo equipment in the car. I needed to begin photos in 15 minutes from that time. AAA takes 45 minutes, so it’s a no-go. Must break the window, it’s someone’s wedding, I’m not going to miss it.
The story is longer, but I got the window broken, got the equipment, still started on time and the bride and groom loved their photos. Whew.. that was a crazy day!! Ended up taping a plastic bag to the broken window for the ride home.
Favorite wedding experience… I have soo many! I feel that I have a favorite moment in every wedding.
When grandma that was 95 was the flower girl, when the groom found out that he had a twin sister that he had never met through Ancestry and she showed up to his wedding and met for the first time, the first look of the groom, the dad, etc.. ahh so many.
What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give couples planning their wedding?
I would say, don’t lose sight of what’s really important. That is, that you are marrying one another. Have fun in the process and take one thing at a time.
What’s the best way for people to learn more about you and see your work?
- Visit my website: www.bucheliphotography.com
- Find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bucheliphotography
- Watch me on YouTube: www.youtube.com/bucheliphotography
- Follow me on Instagram: @bucheliphotography