MERINA BURDA
Creative Director

Travel Places I Love!
Favorites: London, Paris, Barcelona, and the Olympic Peninsula in WA
Next up: Germany, Japan, and New Zealand

What do I do in my free time?
My husband and I love to cook so we’re always looking for a new recipe to try and the only thing I collect is cookbooks. I buy one in every city I visit so I can relive our trip via the local cuisine. I also love all animals! I volunteer at a large wildlife, cat, and dog rescue center as their photographer. By bringing out a dog or cats natural cuteness, they’re able to find their forever homes faster. Nature and travel are my true passions in life so you can find me at the beach, playing with some creature, or traveling to a destination on my very long wish list, but always with a camera in hand.

What’s something people don’t know about me?
I have been working with Andrew since the very beginning! I came on to help with a few wedding editing projects over the summer and never left. In 2012 my husband and I moved to Seattle, WA so I now work for Vick Photography remotely. We jokingly call it our Pacific Northwest satellite office. I love that I can work for the studio anywhere in the world thanks to amazing technology and great communication.

What are my ‘3 rules to live by’?
1. NEVER stop learning! I choose 1 work topic and 1 personal topic and learn about those until I’m satisfied and then move on to the next topic. It’s a never-ending list that I love working on every single day.
2. Give back. It doesn’t have to be in the form of things or money; everyone has a talent that can help someone else.
3. Stay positive. The world can be a pretty rough place so the best thing to do is focus on all the good in life and add to others good as well.

We’ll get acquainted when:
I manage our awesome Creative Team and help guide your images through our specialized editing process from the camera all the way to your hands and computer screen.  You will work with me on any special image requests, customized retouching, or printing needs. I will also be delivering your Vick Photography preview, online gallery, and I am always here to answer questions and help along the way. I’m excited to meet you and see your beautiful wedding day unfold!

What I love about the wedding story is…
…I love making people feel beautiful and what better way than to turn your wedding pictures into artwork. I enjoy hearing about each individual wedding day and turning it into art that uniquely represents each couples wedding and personality. I love to bring out the raw emotion that Andrew captures in each image and show off how fun, funny, dramatic, or in love you are on that wonderful day.

 

RACHEL ECKHOLM
Album Designer / Creative Associate

Travel Places I Love!
Favorites: Hawaii, Seattle, Victoria, BC
Next: Denver, London, Paris, New York

What do I do in my free time?
I spend time watching movies and playing superhero’s with my 6-year-old nephew, I marathon British Television to an unhealthy degree, and listen to a lot of comedy podcasts.

What’s something people don’t know about me?
I’m constantly making music mixes. With over 50gigs of music on my iPhone alone it’s easy to create something for every mood.

What am I looking forward to this year?
Traveling to Denver for the first time with family, taking my nephew to Comic-Con, getting to cross off Mumford & Son’s off my concert bucket list.

We’ll get acquainted when:
After you meet with Andrew about your guest book or wedding album I’ll help guide you through creating a beautiful and unique album. I’m here to help you retell the story of your special day in a visual way. Please don’t mind the rhyming 🙂 You can also always find me in studio Monday – Thursdays to help with anything you may need.

What I love about the wedding story is….
…It’s simple really, seeing the pure joy that this special day brings.

 

BILLIE LADOUCER
Creative Associate & Portraits Assistant

Travel Place I Love!
Favorites: Negril warms my soul, Crater Lake takes my breath away, the Red Woods inspire awe
Up Next: Grand Canyon, Niagara, Vancouver

What do I do in my free time?
I love to travel near and far, and often hit the road for a weekend adventure “Up North”. I enjoy spending time with my loved ones. My happy place is in the water. I am also a photography enthusiast and cherish my time behind the camera.

What’s something people don’t know about me?
I have been in the photo industry for upwards of 15 years. In addition to working with the amazing Vick Photography team, I am also an event coordinator and lead photographer for a local sports photography studio.

What is the description of my perfect day?
Waking up to the sound of bird song and frogs. Spending the afternoon frolicking in my bare feet. Followed by a quiet evening under the stars.

We’ll get acquainted when:
I am a member of the creative team specializing in post-production editing, retouching & color enhancement, so I will meet you through your photos or in person when you stop by the studio!

What I love about the wedding story is…
…I love the romance, beauty and magic of the day. It touches me to see the expressions of love unfold.

 

LAURA SMITH
Client Relations Manager

Travel Places I Love!
Favorites: Minnesota’s north shore and boundary waters canoe area where I spend time every year. Guatemala is very near and dear to my heart
Next up: In a few years our family hopes to travel to Argentina. Both our kids study Spanish and my husband spent a year there out of school. I would love to visit the Northeastern states of Maine and Vermont as well as Scandinavia, Scotland, and Ireland, someday.

What do I do in my free time?
My husband and I have two kids; a six year old and nine year old daughter. Life is full of music, nature, learning, and raising little people. I love the quiet, so try to steal as much as I can. I maintain a lot of friendships from multiple chapters of my life here in the Twin Cities. I have a lifelong love of photography.

What’s something people don’t know about me?
Since I was a little girl, I have loved to rearrange furniture over and over again; ask my husband. Completely free fun!

What is my favorite movie?
Chocolat! I love so much about this film.

We’ll get acquainted when:
We will meet when you choose Vick Photography! I will be your main contact after your initial meeting with Andrew. I will also help walk you through your photo planner and timetable prior to the wedding.

What I love about the wedding story is…
…all the tears of joy.

 

JANELLE VICK
Studio Coordinator

Travel Places I Love!
Favorites: Machu Picchu, Peru- Undoubtedly, the most in awe I’ve ever been with a landscape when it appeared before my eyes. It is a wonder to behold,….and is also a haul to get to, but worth every bit of it. Thailand- it lived up to everything I’d hoped it would….the islands, the beautiful blue water, the elephants, the culture and kind people. Santorini, Greece- They paint those white buildings every spring…every spring people. Now you know how they stay so white. 🙂 It is a really unique and beautiful place.

Next up: Sweden, Chile, Panama, or Belize

What do I do in my free time?
I spend time with our son, Diem, mostly when I am not working. Otherwise, it’s going to movies with girlfriends, getting together for dinner or a drink with a girlfriend to catch up, listening to some good music while I clean the house or do laundry and have a dance party. Stuff like that. I also enjoy walks around Lake Harriet, which is close to our house. I have recently started to read more and I have been enjoying it so far. We’ll see how long it lasts.

What’s something people don’t know about me?
I hate black licorice and I love pickled herring. Yep.

Is it hard to partner with my husband in both my professional and personal life?
Yes. It’s also very easy. It’s both. The hard part is working on balance in our life of what we discuss and when, and also having respect for one another. It takes hard work to consistently focus on your partner’s gifts and talents rather than point out their weaknesses or flaws. Harder work for me, not for Andrew I will say. We make each other better. We are a team. It is hard work, but it’s so worth it. Also, look at the guy, he’s pretty hot and talented. 😉

We’ll get acquainted when:
You first inquire to hire Andrew for your wedding. I handle the inquiry requests, get you on Andrew’s calendar, and handle studio team needs.

What I love about the wedding story is…
…Seeing a couple’s love and life reflected in how they put together their ceremony and reception.  I love it! You learn so much and it can be such an intimate experience and a window into who they are, and who they want to be as a couple.

 

COLLEEN MENNING
Studio Assistant

Travel Places I Love!
Favorites: Ireland!
Up Next: Philadelphia, PA, and my family reunion in Ocean City, NJ (yes, the Jersey Shore).

What do I do in my free time?
I spend most of my time playing, coloring & taxiing my 4 daughters around to their activities while trying to find time to go on dates with my husband.  My husband and I love to travel and take our family on mini adventures around Minnesota and other parts of the Mid-West throughout the year.

What’s something people don’t know about me?
My family is super important to me; my entire family gets together for Sunday night dinners every week. Everyone in my family lives within 10 minutes of each other.

What was my first concert?
In high school my friends and I went to see U2. We bought our floor seats at a student rate the day of the concert, it was incredible! My favorite musical artist is Tom Petty though; he puts on the most amazing concerts!

We’ll get acquainted when:
You will work mainly with our Client Relations Manager, Laura, when you choose Vick Photography, but I’ll be there behind the scenes!

What I love about the wedding story is…
…Learning about how people met and where they want to go in life together.  I love all of the little details involved in the wedding too!

 

SUSAN GALES
Finance Manager

Travel Places I Love!
Favorites: Costa Rica, Switzerland and anywhere with warm climate
Next up:  Italy and Greece

What do I do in my free time?
Bible study and prayer group. Hanging with family and friends while eating a great meal, drinking a glass of wine, laughing, and Monday nights watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette with some really awesome girls. I absolutely love to get massages and pedicures… yes, I’m a princess!

What’s something people don’t know about me?
I’ve been on 5 mission trips to Dominican Republic and I just returned from Honduras. Someday I would love to skydive!

Would I rather be hated or forgotten?
I would rather be hated than forgotten. If you are hated then you probably stood for something that people might not agree with. If you are forgotten, you probably didn’t stand for something or live life in a way where people were impacted by you. Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of me.” Luke 6:22, Matthew 5:11 Being hated also gives me a chance to learn to love my enemies as Christ has loved me.

We’ll get acquainted when:
When there is any invoicing or financial transaction.

What I love about the wedding story is…
…hearing about how the couples met and got connected, and then hearing how their relationship has grown and evolved to be what it is today and how that has affected their decisions for creating their wedding day. I also love to see our clients return in the future when their family expands with little ones.