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"I am proud to be a growing small business in my hometown of Fort Thomas," she told FTM.
Friends and family showed out for her business' grand reopening on November 13 at 11 S. Fort Thomas Avenue.
We did a Q/A with her recently.
FTM: Tell us a little about your background.
I received my Bachelor's degree in Art Education with a minor in photography in 2006 from NKU. I went on to get my Master's in Art Education from the Ohio State University. I have always considered myself a teaching artist and not simply a teacher.
FTM: What do you specialize in?
Creating and sharing art with others has always been important to me. Photography has become my creative outlet. I began shooting portraits several years ago, but it wasn't until I had my youngest daughter that I began shooting styled newborn sessions. Newborns have quickly become one of my favorite types of sessions.
I also specialize in styled, artistically styled and edited sessions for children through adults.
FTM: What’s exciting about your grand reopening?
My grand reopening was the rebirth of my studio space. Up until the reopening, I have always shared a studio space with other photographers. The most exciting thing is that I now have a space to call my own. I have spent a lot of time and hard work styling and creating a welcoming and comfortable studio space for my clients. I was finally able to completely redesign the space to fit my own style.
FTM:What do you clients tell you about why they love having you take their pictures?
I think the most rewarding comments I hear from clients come after their final images are delivered. Clients tell me how patient I am. With newborns and children, you have to be. I work with children all day (and night) and I understand children will be children. I go with it. Clients are amazed at the shots I get when they worry I didn't get a smile or anything. Here's a message I just got today from a client that thought I wouldn't get any of her son smiling:
Thanks, I've selected the 8 images. It always amazes me that the results look like he was happy and smiling the whole time - but i know how hard we worked to get those little smiles! I think they turned out great - I especially love the first one... its perfect. Thank you so much !
FTM: What was cool about the night that you did your grand reopening?
I was simply amazed by the support I received from friends, family, co-workers, and clients. I had so many people stop by to check out the new space. I also gave away one of my favorite sessions. I gave away a Fine Art session to one lucky visitor that evening. A soon-to-be NKU 2016 graduate won. So it felt great to be able to give the session to someone that wants to use it to celebrate a very important time in her life.
FTM: What’s been an experience doing what you do that probably no other photographer has seen?
This is a tough one because there are so many great photographers out there doing phenomenal things. It's hard to pinpoint something I do and take full credit for it.
While I find inspiration everywhere, I make my art and my images my own. I connect with my subject and go from there. Sometimes I plan out sessions, but in order to make the shot work with my subject I throw everything out the window. But that's the fun of creating my art with my client and not simply just taking a photo.
FTM: What is your favorite part about your job?
My most favorite part of my job is that I don't consider what I do work. It's not a job to me. My photography lets me be me and I love that. I also love watching my littlest clients grow up, from session to session, over the years.