Casey from Casey Durgin Photography
is inspired by love and light. Read on to learn about this fabulous southern Maine photographer!
How did you get started in photography?
I have a business degree and always new I wanted to work for myself, work with people, and be creative. I studied film photography in school and it has been a passion of mine since my teen years. After planning my own wedding I fell in love with all the details of the day and just loved everything wedding. I wanted to be involved in creating beautiful memories for my own clients and that is when my wedding adventure began.
What do you love about wedding photography?
What I love most about wedding photography is creating a connection with my brides and grooms. I love working with my clients and helping them through their wedding journey. I love all the meaningful details that make each wedding so unique. Weddings are full of so much joy and excitement I get to document authentic emotion and genuine love. I’m not just making memories for my brides and grooms, I’m making family heirlooms that will outlast us all.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The biggest challenge I face when shooting a wedding is time restriction. It is my job as a wedding photographer to organize family members and the bridal party for photos, create stunning portraits of a bride and groom, and get to the reception area to photograph all the wonderful wedding details typically in 1 hour. It would be so nice if every wedding had extra time built into the day for photos. I love when a couple decides to do a first look and take family photos and/or bridal party pictures before the ceremony. It truly creates a more relaxed atmosphere and allows me more time to be creative.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
One of the most important elements you will see in my work is my love of light. I shoot crisp, clean, colorful images and prefer minimal processing. I love photos that have a classic appeal and stand the test of time. One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is to take the bride and groom out for sunset pictures. Not only is the light spectacular, but is gives my couples a chance to have a private moment and take it all in. Some of the most beautiful and romantic pictures are captured at this time.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
When I am not behind the camera I am spending time with my beautiful family. My husband and I just celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary and we have been blessed with two beautiful girls.
I enjoy spending time at the lake, snowmobiling, cuddling up on the couch to read a great book, a deep tissue message, decorating my house, all things HGTV, and shopping!
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
A couple can help me most on their wedding day to just relax, be themselves, and have fun. There is so much time and love that goes into planning a wedding and it is so important to enjoy your day. It goes by way too quick! I always tell my brides to not worry about a thing…I’ve got this.
How has your photography style changed over the years?
When I first started 10 years ago I had so much to learn about weddings. It took me several years to build up my equipment and to purchase some amazing lenses, which took my photography to a whole new level. I have developed so much over the years and have gained confidence in working with tricky lighting and weather situations. I used to freak out if I had a rainy day wedding and now it is a fun challenge to find really spectacular light and just have fun with it.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
What inspires me most when I pick up my camera is love and light. A wedding day is filled with so many beautiful moments and it is always amazing to see a couple’s love shine through my camera.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
Lot’s of changes are coming to Casey Durgin Photography…Stay tuned!!! New studio, new design, but what will never change is lots of love.