Meet Rochelle Muellenberg — a Minnesota-based photographer, who works with her husband, Tom, as a photography duo. They use a clean and natural aesthetic, and love "organic, well-styled weddings that are full of genuine love and emotion,"
Some of the weddings they have photographed have been featured in Minnesota Bride, Wisconsin Bride, Dainty Obsessions, and Style Me Pretty.
Rochelle's kindness, creativity, authenticity, zest for travel, and photography skills have been an inspiration to me since I met her. In this Q&A she graciously provides a look into how she balances being a creative person, wife, mom, friend, daughter and business owner.
dabble | How did you transition into starting your own business?
Rochelle Muellenberg | I started photography while working full-time by taking photos of family, engagement photos for friends, and later assisting other wedding photographers once I had some experience. Soon after shooting a few weddings, my husband joined the business to be a husband and wife team for weddings. We shoot every wedding together — now over 65 wedding — and love working together. I also do newborn and family photography solo. In the fall of 2015, I left my full-time job to focus on photography.
dabble | How has being a mom changed the way you work?
RM | The biggest change has been the time of day that I work. I used to keep typical business hours, and now I am limited to working during naps, and at night once the baby goes to bed. I've also learned to be more efficient with my time. When I actually can sit down and work, I don't waste time on social media, etc. I have to focus to quickly respond to client emails, manage the administration part of the business, and edit and deliver photos to clients. There's a little more scheduling to do, as well, before I can plan shoots — I have to make sure we have someone available to watch the baby. Thankfully, both sets of our parents are always happy to hang out with him!
dabble | How do you juggle being a creative person, wife, mom, friend, daughter and business owner?
RM | For me, working smarter is definitely important to maintain a work/life balance. My family will always come first, but Tom truly is a partner in our business and family. When I need to work, he takes over caring for our son. If I didn't have someone as supportive and encouraging as him, I would definitely not be doing what I'm doing today.
dabble | What's the most rewarding aspect of photography?
RM | Knowing that the moments we're capturing, whether a wedding or newborn session, are once in a lifetime moments for our clients is really the reward. On a wedding day, we're invited into a very personal setting and we get to know our couples really well. It's so rewarding to know that our photos are going to be shown to their grandkids, 50 years from now.
My newborn sessions are even more important to me now that I'm a mom. I know exactly how fast babies grow into toddlers, and want to freeze this tiny moment in time while a baby is just a few weeks old. The photos of our baby when he is brand new are some of my most treasured possessions and memories of him.
dabble | Any tips for working moms?
RM | Take advantage of your family time! We've try to implement social media free weekends to be more present with each other and enjoy our time together. It's hard balancing work and being a mom, and I think we all feel overwhelmed at times. But having a community of friends and family to support is a game changer to make that load easier!
To learn more about Rochelle and her photography, visit https://www.rochellelouise.com.