I capture stories.

Welcome friends to FINEFOLK photography! The name is new, the site is new, but the photographer (that’s me) is the same person who has been doing this for over eleven years as Ciulla Photography! So much love and thought have gone into this new brand. The stories I have had the honor of being part of, the lives I’ve watched unfold and expand into growing families have all been my inspiration behind the name and the new website. The laughs, the love, the relationships… the [real] life inspired photography is where my heart is. The story is yours, I’m here to help you tell it.

ABOUT GERI

LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE

Hey there!

       Welcome friends! I’m Geri Blust, wife, mother and photographer.

I think it’s safe to say I have never met a stranger! I believe we all have a story to tell, I believe in being present over perfect, and I believe in documenting honest and intentional moments between families. Creating images filled with love, connection, and life is important to me and why I love my job!

THINGS THAT MAKE ME, ME.

MY HUSBAND

(HE HAD ME AT, “I’M THE BRAD PITT OF REDHEADS” )

MY CHILDREN

(NO JOKE, I HIT THE KID JACKPOT)

COFFEE. PERIOD.

TRAVELING

(TRAVELING IS MY HEALTHIEST ADDICTION)

BEING PRESENT OVER PERFECT.

(THIS IS A BIG ONE IN MY FAMILY, EVEN THE KIDS KNOW ABOUT THIS ONE)

BEING WILD AND FREE

(THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT TO ME. IN MY EARLY TWENTIES I DROVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN MY CAR FOR THREE MONTHS… THERE IS NO GOING BACK NOW. I AM A WANDERER, AND I’M GOOD WITH THAT)

LAUGHING

” I DON’T TRUST ANYONE WHO DOESN’T LAUGH”

– MAYA ANGELOU

PORTFOLIO

THE IMAGES

HOW IT WORKS

commonly asked questions

How it works…

I'M IN LOVE! HOW DO I BOOK YOU FOR MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY ?

Oh, I’m so glad you asked! First, we should meet and talk wedding details. We can take some time to get to know each other, I can hear your story, you can look at my portfolio and style. It’s important to know that your wedding photographer will be with you the whole day, I wouldn’t want you to book someone on just a few photos in their portfolio or because they have the lowest package prices. Get to know them and make sure you feel really good about the fit! After all, they’re going to be in charge of capturing some of your most precious memories!

If all goes great, I will put together a contract and email it to you. Once you sign it and send that and the deposit back to me your date is booked with Finefolk photography. Yippee! I only book one event a day so I’m all yours. I won’t need to know the final details of your timeline until we get closer to the wedding date. Which brings me to your next question…..

WILL YOU HELP US BUILD OUR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE?!?

YES, YES AND YES!

I’ve been doing this for over 11 years now, I have a really good handle on how long it takes to do pretty much anything on a wedding day. If there’s one thing I know it’s the “wedding day conversion” to all things, travel…make-up…getting dressed…photos…..I can help you figure out all of that! So if you do not have a coordinator I’m happy to help you write your timeline, type it up and send you a copy.  Boom, timeline, check mark and done!

WHEN SHOULD WE SCHEDULE OUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION?

Let’s talk engagement session! You can schedule your engagement session as soon as you sign your wedding contract and pay your deposit. I am happy to shoot an engagement session any time of the year. So if you have your heart set on shooting a snowy white session that’s no problem! Engagement sessions are shot on location so they are weather permitted. The best lighting is going to be early evening into the sunset. Engagement sessions are shot with-in the 275 loop and no further than 30 minutes from downtown.

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR ENGAGEMENT OR FAMILY SESSION?

I recommend bringing two outfits to your engagement session; one that is your fanciest “casual” look and the second outfit being a “night on the town” look.  For family sessions I recommend one outfit. I highly recommend staying away from solid colors, especially red. I’m a big fan of cute patterns, and layered looks. I also recommend comfortable shoes to walk in, we will be doing lots of walking! It’s not unusual to bring comfy shoes just to walk in and then change back into heels when we stop at a location to shoot. Feel free to bring any props or items you would like to use during your shoot. For family sessions I suggest choosing an outfit for one and designing others off that. For example I usually choose my daughters first…because, well let’s be honest girls clothes are ridiculously cute, and then I choose the rest of us using the same color palette. 

HOW DO WE CHOOSE A LOCATION FOR OUR ENGAGEMENT OR FAMILY SESSION?

I will gladly help you choose your locations based on your timeline, likes and dislikes. I have a collection of locations that range from beautiful green spaces, ivy covered walls, parks and hidden gems to urban areas with a mixture of texture and backgrounds, or both.

I WANT TO BOOK A FAMILY SESSION, HOWEVER, I HAVE CRAZY KIDS. DO YOU SPEAK KID?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I have three crazy, amazing children myself and if there is one thing I can do, it is communicate with children! I don’t worry about fussy children, I don’t worry about runners who just can’t be pinned down, the hide-behind-mommyers…To me this is life and it’s all worth capturing! My first photoshoot with my own family was a disaster! My one year old would not, could not stay put! I was so worried about the images being Christmas card worthy, however, in the end, I look at those photos with a full heart and eyes filled with tears, it was an honor to run after that little man cub that day and I wouldn’t trade those days for anything! My favorite photo from that day is him running through the tall grass making Buzz Lightyear sounds… I’ll never forget it! He was free (because he had just learned to walk ) and he wasn’t going to let anyone pin him down! We left that shoot with a memory blazed into our hearts, all we could do was laugh. That’s how I want it to feel for every single one of my clients! We get photos done so we can remember, but what exactly are we trying to remember? Well, I think it’s those little moments. Those little moments will eventually add up to your life, so I feel pretty darn honored to be chosen to photograph a family to help them preserve just a few of those tiny moments. If you can look back and say “Oh yes, I remember that day, it was so fun!” or “Oh yes, that day gave me another laugh line around my eyes!” I’ll take that as a success! 

I also find the more times I photograph your family the more I connect with your family and believe me, I will win your children over and before you know it they’ll be begging for more family sessions! Maybe even chanting! Ok just kidding about that part, however, they will have fun, it will be stress-free for you and I will capture amazing photos in the process. Win. Win. Win. 

WHEN SHOULD WE SCHEDULE A MATERNITY SESSION?

I recommend scheduling maternity sessions between 28-30 weeks along. That way you’re rocking a good bump, yet you haven’t hit the “I’m so uncomfortable, there can’t possibly be any more room in there for you, I haven’t seen my feet in a month” stage. 

WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION AND HOW LONG DO THEY TAKE??

As soon as possible. Most of my clients book me prior to having their baby so I can put their session/due date on the calendar and know it’s coming up. Then you should try and plan to have that session within the first 5-7 days of coming home from the hospital. All newborn sessions are shot in your home and are meant to be a relaxing and fun. We’ll take our time and follow the follow the baby’s lead. Please allow 2-3 hours for the session, that way we can allow time for eating and snuggling if your baby should need it. 

INVESTMENT

LIFE INSPIRED PHOTOGRAPHY

THE INVESTMENT

WEDDING INVESTMENT

Wedding photography starts at $2,900

All collections include photography by Geri Blust

A USB with the full resolution fully edited wedding images with rights to make prints for personal use

Please email if you have more questions or if you would like to check availability!

 

FAMILY SESSION INVESTMENT

Family sessions begin at $300

This includes:

The time to photograph your family (1-2 hours) on location (within the 275 loop)

Your images presented in a password protected online gallery can be shared with friends and family

The link to download your images to your computer

The rights to print your images for personal use only

Please email if you have more questions or if you would like to check availability!

MATERNITY SESSION INVESTMENT

Maternity sessions begin at $300

This includes:

The time to photograph your family (1-2 hours) on location (within the 275 loop)

Your images presented in a password protected online gallery can be shared with friends and family

The link to download your images to your computer

The rights to print your images for personal use only

Please email if you have more questions or if you would like to check availability!

NEWBORN LIFESTYLE SESSION INVESTMENT

Newborn lifestyle sessions begin at $350

This includes:

The time to photograph your family and newborn (2-3 hours) in your home. 

Your images presented in a password protected online gallery can be shared with friends and family

The link to download your images to your computer

The rights to print your images for personal use only

Please email if you have more questions or if you would like to check availability!

THE BLOG

The LATEST NEWS

Spring Mini Sessions!

FINEFOLK is now booking Spring Mini Sessions on April 29th and May 7th! This is a 30-minute session for your immediate family only. (Please no pets) The session is $150, this includes an online gallery of images, and a link to download the photos straight to your...

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Winner! Winner!

Wooooo Hoooo! It's time to announce the winners from last weeks five days of giveaways celebrating the launch of FINEFOLK photography! And without further ado the winners are.... Day 1: One on One Mentoring Session Winner is:  ** Becca Tuemler!!** Day 2: A $250 Print...

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Five Days of Giveaways!

Get excited folks! It's time to celebrate this new adventure! Starting tomorrow morning FINEFOLK will be doing FIVE days of giveaways!! You read that right...FIVE days of GIVEAWAYS! The whole process of rebranding has been a true labor of love and through it all, I...

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