"I can make dinner, give Byrdie a bath, catch up on Netflix with my husband and maybe even have a bowl of ice-cream."
Can you tell us how you got started in photography?
I have, been an artist since the moment I could hold a pencil. I was extremely fortunate to be born into an artistic family so my interest and natural gifts were nurtured from day one. Once highschool came around I was really fortunate to attend the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. THe school has a magnet program for artists, actors and musicians prepping for college entrance. I was in the art and theater departments so by junior year all of my classes but 2, phys ed and english, were in the arts. I built a substantial foundation in all art forms but my focus was in ceramics and drawing. I believe that the drawing, specifically, has been my greatest asset. My compositions in the camera are very similar to that on paper.
My parents are professional photographers, have been since before I was born. I was constantly either in front of the camera or assisting them in the darkroom. I was constantly surrounded by chemicals, safe lights and enlargers but strangely enough I had NO INTEREST in photography until I was about 21 years old and traveling a bunch. After my studies in Brasil, I showed my parents all of the photos I had taken. They were impressed, very impressed, and for my 22nd birthday I received my very first SLR, a Nikon 8008. I booked my first wedding and became a staff photographer for a publication within the next year, and well . . . . as they say the rest is history.
What was the first camera you ever purchased?
The first camera I personally purchased was the Nikon D70, I was SO excited to try out digital seeing as though for 4 years I was printing all of my client's enlargements in my bathroom.
What's the latest piece of equipment you bought?
I just bought the external battery grip for my Fuji XT2 which has really helped in terms of low light performance. It increases speed by 30% so when I need it, I just attach it to the body.
On average how many pictures do you take per wedding?
My average for a full DITL these days is about 6000 pictures.
How do you find inspiration?
I shoot every day, I buy a new photo book about once a month and I go to as many photo exhibits as I can yearly.
What would be your dream assignment and where would it be?
I want to spend more time photographing rescue efforts for animals in Africa. I had the privilege of photographing at several conservancies in Kenya years ago and I really want to go back, with my daughter, and spend more time there.
How do you spend your day away from the camera?
Ha! At the computer? :( We travel A LOT for my work so when I don't have a shoot, class, conference or mentoring session we like to go to museums, eat all the food on food tours or just explore the new city by foot.
How much time did you spend editing each week before The Image Salon?
Probably 20 hrs a week.
Why did you decide to outsource? Why did you choose The Image Salon?
To save my marriage. ;) I loved the idea that I could work with just ONE editor.
Now that you outsource, how has your business benefited from the extra time you have?
I can actually be done work, when we are home, at 6pm. I can make dinner, give Byrdie a bath, catch up on Netflix with my husband and maybe even have a bowl of ice-cream.