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Meet Jaci Ruben of Gloss Photography Studios

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaci Ruben.

Jaci, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My passion of art, photography, and talking to strangers started at a very young age. It all seemed to blend perfectly. My outgoing personality allows me to ‘get that shot’ and push the boundaries of fine art and portraiture photography. Along with loving my craft, I am completely and utterly obsessed with the relationships and friendships I am able to make while doing what I love.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2006, I opened Gloss Photography Studios in Shorewood, Wisconsin. After an amazing 5 years, I moved the studio to my dream neighborhood of the Third Ward, where the Wisconsin studio currently resides. In 2011, I opened a second studio in Chicago nestled in an awesome industrial space in the West Loop. I am so fortunate to have some of the most amazing clients and relationships throughout these two amazing cities.

I am obsessed with any and ALL animals! In 2009, I created ProjectStella through Gloss Photography Studios. ProjectStella is a fundraiser that benefits the Humane Societies of Milwaukee and Chicago and has successfully raised $15,000.00.

I have been deeply blessed with the opportunity to study and travel around the world for photography and art history. My travels also include some amazing road trips to photograph some fabulous clients as far away as: Mexico, Utah, Vegas, Virginia, New York, California, and Florida. My heart will always belong to the Midwest though.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been very fortunate that I followed my dreams to pursue photography at such a young age. I opened my heart and mind to learn from my mentors along the way. It’s been pretty smooth, in my opinion, because of my dedication to my craft and the relationships I am so fortunate to have with my clients.

Gloss Photography Studios – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love making my clients feel and look amazing by capturing all the unscripted sass and happiness at their session… that is my top priority! I am a one woman show with two studios in Milwaukee and Chicago. My vision is to have wonderful friendships with my clients. I want to be there for them every step of the way from making consults, communications, to obviously the awesome shooting time we have together, to picking out the perfect wall portraits for their homes.

My style is derived from the many personalities which each and every client possesses.

Along with my unique photographing techniques & style, my attention to detail & enhancing process really finishes & compliments my photography perfectly. My art is so full of energy and captures true personalities because my clients trust me and my artistry. The relationships I create with my clients means everything to me. The natural moments happen seamlessly and we are laughing and chatting like I was one of your old buddies.

My mission at Gloss Photography Studios is to capture: YOU. The real you. Whether it is your wedding day, or a day at the park with the family; I will find the poetry in each moment and bring it to life through my artistic imagery. I choose to photograph so many different types of subjects including: maternity, baby, teens, family, graduates, pets, boudoir, couples, commercial head shots and modeling… and of course weddings to keep my artistic style and techniques fresh and unique.

And without a doubt… extraordinary! I can’t wait to be there for all of YOUR special moments in your life and to create portraits for you and your loved ones to enjoy for generations to come.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of the proudest moments in my career is a reoccurring moment which is watching my clients go through different milestones in their life. And coming to me to document these memories to cherish for a lifetime. Starting at engagement shoot, to wedding, to starting and growing their families. I recently photographed two generations of a family – where I photographed the mother’s wedding and the daughter’s wedding. My clients have trusted me through years of their happiness and sometimes rough roads leading to happy endings where they call me to photograph their second marriage.

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