Here are the questions Michelle and the gang over at WedLoft asked me about myself and my business:
Tell us why you think you’re a popular choice for brides and grooms.
I capture every moment of your big day naturally. I don’t over-edit photos or pose you awkwardly. I use Photoshop to make sure each picture is perfect, but I don’t use it to fake anything. Nothing is artificial. I believe our uniqueness is what makes us special, our differences make us beautiful. I make sure your joy on this magical day shines through. A big part of that is making you comfortable and relaxed. I love the organic moments that happen when you are just being yourself.
What inspired you to start your business?
My dad first started teaching me to use a camera when I was 2 years old, and I haven’t stopped taking pictures since. I’ve never wanted to do anything else. Taking artistic photos has been my passion my whole life, and I absolutely love capturing people’s most important life moments. In college I studied photojournalism and started off working for magazines and newspapers, but I realized preserving your special moments through film was far more rewarding. Combining my passion for photography with my love for capturing those moments makes this the perfect career for me.
What options for customization do you offer?
People can basically customize anything. I have three wedding photography packages, but I’ll let people tweak them any way they want. For instance, clients can hire me for as many or as few hours as they require. They can add on engagement sessions, custom-made wedding albums, or a second shooter. I especially love when brides share their artistic ideas with me. I’m always open to new ideas. It’s all about giving the client the perfect experience.
If you could give one tip to couples who are planning a wedding, what would it be?
Don’t stay at your reception too late. I’ve seen a lot of couples plan to stay until the very end of the night, but then all of their guests leave before they do. If you want to have a last dance and have your guests send you off in style, you have to leave at least an hour before the scheduled end of the reception. Besides, it can’t hurt to start the honeymoon early 😉
5 Things that make you happy?
1. Perusing local antique shops and flea markets for unique items, especially vintage cameras.
2. Having a cozy night in with my husband curled up on the couch watching a movie, or reading a good book together.
3. Going on spontaneous road trips. My husband and I especially love exploring New England’s hidden gems (and documenting the entire journey with my camera).
4. I love trying out different recipes from old family cookbooks or found on Pinterest
5. Taking pictures of people in love. Capturing other people’s happiness always makes me happy too. Their love is contagious.
If you could work on the ultimate destination wedding, where would it be?
Paris, the city of love! I studied abroad in France in college, and absolutely fell in love with it. I took pictures of everything (of course), and would love to go back. The history, the architecture, the art, all of it spoke to me. It’s such a romantic city and a beautiful backdrop for your big day.
If you had to choose one word (or phrase) to describe yourself/your business what would it be?
“Capturing life’s moments, naturally.”