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Meet Joan Fuller of Joan Fuller Photography in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joan Fuller.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Joan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I developed a love for photography as a teenager, so my mother bought me my first camera when I was 16. I was a dancer at the time, and I couldn’t fit a photography class in my life, so I kept my camera on automatic and photography became a hobby.

After pursuing a career as a dancer and then as an actor, I had a moment of clarity, and asked myself how long I was going to wait until I explored this passion that I’d put on the back burner for so many years. I found a beginning photography class at night school, at Burbank High. After my very first class, I never looked back. I was in heaven.

Once I decided that I wanted to be a professional photographer, the doors continued to open for me. I took this as a sign that I had finally landed in the right place. I ended up enrolling in photography classes at Cal State Long Beach through their continuing education program, and began shooting for established photography studios. The benefit of shooting with experienced photographers cannot be overstated. Watching other talented photographers at work, helped me to develop my own personal style, and prepared me for the challenges that sometimes occur on a wedding day.

In 2005, I was hired to join the opening team at Wynn Las Vegas, as a staff photographer. After a year and a half, was promoted to Director of Photographic Services, where I had to pleasure of managing a great team of photographers, who documented weddings and events at both Wynn and Encore.

After 6 1/2 years at Wynn, I decided that it was time to focus on Joan Fuller Photography full time. In 2013, I moved back home to L.A. and embarked on the journey of starting my business over from scratch.

Over the past three years I’ve been able to build wonderful relationships with some of the most talented wedding and event professionals in Southern California. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot at so many great venues, and I love being able to work so closely with my clients in order to help them realize their vision for their wedding or event.

I am so grateful that I am able to work in a field that not only feeds my soul, but makes others happy.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My biggest challenge was moving back to L.A. after being away for eight years.

When I worked here before, it was under the umbrella of other companies, so I hadn’t established my name in the industry. After eight years away, I found the landscape had changed dramatically.

Relocating from Las Vegas to L.A., meant that I had to rebuild my client base. It has been a slow and daunting process and one that continues to this day, but I’m proud of the relationships that I’ve built and my business is growing with each year.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Joan Fuller Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business is comprised of about 50 percent weddings and 50 percent corporate and social events. I love the balance, because the two experiences are so completely different.

One of my strengths is that I understand the corporate client, and speak their language. I understand how to help them relay their needs and expectations, and instill in them the confidence that I can fulfill them.

When it comes to my wedding couples, I think they can feel that I am fully investing in making their special day go as smoothly as possible. I just love weddings! What an honor it is to be trusted to document such a special day.

I’m proud of the fact that I work well under pressure and I’m not thrown off by crying babies or nervous brides. I understand the stress that can build up on such an important day. I’m good at putting people at ease and I can easily roll with the often changing elements that arise on a wedding day.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My goal is to continue to build my business and to travel more as I document events around the country and the world. I’m excited to travel to New Orleans and Orlando this year for corporate events.

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3 Comments

  1. Gina

    August 1, 2017 at 00:12

    She shot our wedding up near Camarillo in a garden setting. Love her and the photos!

  2. Candace Livingston

    August 1, 2017 at 15:06

    I’m the bride in photos 3 and 4 above. My husband and I cannot say enough about Ms. Fuller. Not only are our photos exquisite, she made the planning and execution of the wedding so much easier than it might have been. I live on the east coast and had only a limited window in which to have all the necessary wedding planning meetings in LA, and Joan was incredibly accommodating and made us feel like she was as excited about the event as we were when she met us at the venue (the Queen Mary) to plan the shots we would like during and after the ceremony. Perhaps her best quality, though, is her wonderful personality. Joan is exactly the kind of person a nervous bride wants around them on the big day, and she is a wizard at corralling family members and guests in an efficient way, but without ever seeming pushy or demanding. Her two assistants were also wonderful. Hiring Joan was one of the best wedding decisions we made!

  3. Chris

    August 2, 2017 at 06:20

    Joan Fuller photography has shot many of my family members weddings. She has also shot personal photos for me. She is a true professional. I wouldn’t consider another for our special moments. Her photos have created beautiful memories. Joan, your a true gem!

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