I have always loved photography, and have taken pride in capturing great memories for myself, my friends, and family. In 2013, the decision to take things to the next level was an easy one. I shoot with Nikon equipment in RAW on full manual. I always aim for perfect images straight out of the camera, although I know what kinds of things can be fixed during post-processing if need be. I aim for natural white balances in my photos, and consistent exposures with the exception of artistic shots. I am very comfortable setting up and using off-camera flash. Most of these images in my second shooting portfolio are completely unedited, and straight-out-of-camera. This allows photographers to see the quality of RAW images they can expect from me.
Nikon D750 body (2)
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSMNikon AF-S
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8G ED lens
Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM lens
Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP Macro Lens
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens
Shanny SN 910 Flash (4)
During weddings, I love to photograph the details of the day, as well as catch candid moments between the couple and the people surrounding them. I always try to think of what the couple will want to see and remember. Although something might seem ordinary to an onlooker, it could hold meaning to the client. One of the best parts of being a second shooter is finding those small things that may slip under the radar and catching them.
When working with a first shooter, I make sure that their needs are always met. Sometimes that is best done by serving as an assistant and setting up or holding lighting, clearing shots, or moving bags from one place to another. When second shooting, I can follow instructions to get a particular angle or perspective, or, if directed to, I will function independently to capture spontaneous moments or different detail shots. I'm also comfortable posing and working with individuals and groups.
Before working with someone for the first time, I'll ask about attire preferences, if there is anything specific they will be looking for from me, and whether or not they are comfortable with me using images for my portfolio. I will NEVER hand out business cards, mingle with guests with the intention of booking them, or contact / tag the couple after the fact. I represent the brand of the main photographer while we work together--end of story.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am very welcoming of constructive criticism and feedback from the photographers with whom I work. It is one of the best ways to continue to grow and improve, and I am always grateful and receptive when it is offered. By applying the suggestions my photographers offer, I can be sure that I will produce even better images for them the next time we work together.
In 2018, I was welcomed as an owner of Inspire Me Imagery, which I hold as a great point of pride. When not taking photos, I hang out with my son and run Hub City Fencing Academy in Edison, NJ with my husband.