It all started in a darkroom in the 90s, Flannel shirts, The Spice Girls and baggy pants were all the rage. I was using a film camera and learning about how to develop positives from negatives...
I was about 14 when I started my photo classes in high school, We learned about shadows and light as well as developing negatives. It was pretty old school and digital cameras were not quite for the everyday user yet, We still had flip phones. My friends would model for me and we would play with lighting and fashion, I had dreams of working for a big magazine or company doing thier media work. I had never quite thought about opening a business for myself. So I guess that is where it all started in the dark room of Mr. Friede's Freshman class. I had my first "pro" job as a senior in high school when I started photographing my classmates senior photos. It was also around this time that I met my now husband Mike.
From high school I moved on to college where I got my degree in Graphic Design. I was still doing photography while I was in college as more of a side hustle. After I graduated college Mike and I got married. I was doing photography about 50/50 at this point. After a long struggle with infertility I had my first and only child. Once he was born I decided that I wanted to be home more and spend more time with my family so when he was about 1 I took a leap of faith and decided to do photography full time.
It was very scary at first as I never had formal photography training and I had taught myself how to use my camera, pose people, and lighting. Not only that but all there is to know about running a business as well. In 2012 I got my first "real" studio outside of my home and in 2016 my space was no longer available and I moved my studio to our new home at the time a beautiful Victorian.
This worked well as a temporary space with my motto of work with what you got situation. However as my business is growing so is my prop collection! It was perfect timing (sort of ) when a week before Thanksgiving (2018) my assistant says I should take a look at a space she found downtown. So in 2018 in the midst of chaos, holidays, busy season etc.
We gathered it all up and made ourselves a little photo home in downtown Port Washington.
Where we can't wait for you to come and visit! I look forward to seeing you all in the new space soon!