runs her photography business in Old Orchard Beach. When she's not behind the camera you can find her frolicking in the sand with her daughter.
How did you get started in photography?
As a kid, I used to take pictures with my mother's old film 35mm camera. Photography always fascinated me. I used to cut out photos from the National Geographic magazine and make collages for my bedroom wall. In 1998, when I was only 14 years old, I went on a job shadow with the Portsmouth Press Herald and received my first publication. I think that accomplishment greatly contributed to my dreams of becoming a photographer.
Many years passed. I graduated college and for a long time, I wasn't really sure what direction I wanted to go with my career path. I continued photography as a hobby for all of my adult life. Then, when I was pregnant with my daughter in January of 2013, I decided it was time to take my photography to the next level. I purchased professional cameras and lenses and started up my business a few months later. I'm so glad that I finally followed my dream and made photography my full time career.
What do you love about wedding photography?
I love being such an important part of one of the most special days of couple's lives. It is truly an amazing and rewarding career knowing that I am preserving memories for these couples that they will be able to share with their families and children. I also am captivated by love—the emotions, the connection, and the intimate moments are part of why I truly enjoy what I do.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
When things don't go as planned it can be a little nerve-racking for everyone. I always tell couples not to expect everything to be perfect and that's it's okay of something doesn't happen the way they intended. For me, I'm constantly making sure I'm exactly where I need to be to get the best angles and the most important moments. Since I've have experience photographing a lot of weddings, I think that makes those situations less challenging because I often think of ways to work around whatever challenge may arise. In my opinion, the most important way to avoid challenges in general is to communicate effectively with the couple and other wedding vendors and always stay positive.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My photography style is illustrative—a combination of classic and photojournalistic styles. I like to capture moments as accurately and authentically as I can so that the final compilation of images will remain timeless.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I enjoy spending time with my 3 year old daughter. I love teaching her about the world and just watching her learn and grow. Living in Old Orchard Beach, much of the summer is spent by the water or at nearby parks. I love being outdoors and exploring nature.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
My best advice for couples is to communicate with me before the wedding about the timeline or other important details so that we can ensure we have plenty of time for formal, bridal/groom photos, and other things that are important to them. The day of the wedding, I recommend they relax, be themselves, and have fun! The best images are taken when people forget that I am there.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
While I try to keep a consistent style, I feel as time passes, I keep working to perfect that style. I'm always looking for new ways to capture moments and for new ways to be creative. I believe my photography style is ever-evolving.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
Light inspires me. When I pick up my camera I look for ways to best utilize natural light.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I'll still be photographing weddings and hopefully will have had the chance to work at some of my dream wedding venues, like Searles Castle. I hope that my business continues its success and that I am just as happy in my career as I am right now!