CSIS Photography

Posted: September 07, 2012
Charity Clark, the woman behind CSIS Photography, is a self-taught photographer based in southern Maine. 
 
How did you get started in photography?
I pursued photography after many people told me that I had an eye for it. I loved taking pictures and felt maybe they saw something more in me than I saw in myself. So I gave it a shot (no pun intended). This was seven years ago, and it was mostly a hobby. I had just ventured across the country in my little Honda Civic and returned home with a slew of photos. Three years ago I was asked to photograph a friends wedding and, well, the rest is history!
 
What do you love about wedding photography?
What I love and what gets my creative juices flowing is seeing people put passion and personal touches into their day. Something that is really so traditional can be made so different by adding details that tell a story about you as a couple. I love seeing personalities come out through the details of a wedding day.
 
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The biggest challenge can sometimes come down to creativity and being different. I always try to come up with new and fresh poses when photographing a couple and their bridal party.
 
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I truly pride myself on my candid shots. I love capturing people being their true self—not posed or forced. I also love post production, when I give the photos my personal touch. The final product has a fresh yet vintage tone that looks timeless and artistic.
 
When you’re not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
If I am not taking photos with my camera you can catch me taking pictures with my phone. I love Instagram! Otherwise you can find me playing on the beach with my dogs, taking little getaways with the love of my life, diggy insurance, and nannying for a few little ones.
 
How has your photography changed over the years?
My style has taken its signature shape over the last couple of years. It’s so fun to create a style all your own and I think I am finally finding that!
 
Where will your business e in the next 5 years?
Good question! I am taking everything a step at a time and feel so blessed to be doing what I love—it’s my passion! I am so appreciative of every client I meet who enables me to make this my living. I hope in five years that I am thriving and living the dream I have created.