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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRY?
I've worked in the wedding industry as a photographer since 2006. I went to Wartburg College for my undergraduate degree in music and art education. I knew since I was in kindergarten that I wanted to be an artist. When I got older, I realized that making a living being an artist wasn't very practical and became a high school art teacher instead. In college, I traveled a ton! Whenever I returned, I had an art show at a local coffee shop and sold my photos (from my recent travels). As people saw my work, they began asking if I ever worked with couples. While I was hesitant and didn't see how that could ever allow creativity, I tested the water with engagement pics for one of my college roommates. Quickly following, I shot my first wedding on film. SCARY!!! From there, things just happened.
I met one of my best friends, Sarah, and together we decided to open The Locket. We blindly opened a business and loved working together! While we were shooting a wedding together, I introduced her to an attractive guy she was interested in and I knew. I sure shot myself in the foot on that one. Soon after she married him and moved out of state. I've owned The Locket on my own for nearly five years and am blessed to have what I consider to be the best job on earth. I get to be an artist every day of my life - something I didn't think was possible!!!
I DON'T SEE ANY FAMILY FORMALS ON YOUR WEBSITE, DO YOU DO THESE?
Absolutely, I take family portraits on your wedding day. In order to stand out in a sea of photographers, my style is more artistic and untraditional. While I understand the importance of family pics, it is not what I highlight here on my website. I work with my couples ahead of time to create a schedule that allows us to fly through that list of formals as painlessly as possible.
WHY DO WE NEED 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS?
I cannot stress how awesome it is to have two photographers to shoot your wedding. Other than the obvious idea that there are two sets of eyes to catch all those unpredictable moments, it allows to perspectives. When you see each other for the first time - wouldn't it be awesome to have pics of your face and your spouse-to-be's reaction? During the ceremony, it is so nice to have those tight shots of the exchanging of rings or your mom getting choked up - at the same time getting shots of the entire event space in one image. During family formals, two shooters is essential in my eyes. My assistant is my ultimate organizer during this time, getting everyone "on deck," and "in the hole," so we can navigate through your list as quickly as possible.
WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHER ZILLION PHOTOGRAPHERS OUT THERE?
I recently had a client comment that my work speaks for itself. For those of you new to The Locket, I hope that you can visually see that my work has a style different from many other photographers.
After consulting with one of my grooms, he said he wasn't looking for a photo of him and his bride to hang on the wall, but instead - a piece of art to hang that they happen to be in. I have been inspired by this idea ever since and think it represents me well. I love to make each shoot unique; never shooting the same thing twice.
One of my favorite sayings is, "Never be predictable". I love it when people look at me like I'm crazy when I'm shooting in unusual places - a bride in an abandoned house, a gorgeous bridal bouquet stuck in the spokes of a bike, etc. I just love the contradiction of a stunning couple against a grungy background. I love architecture, leading lines, modern mixed with vintage, and texture, texture, texture!