Artistrie Co. Photographer Interview: Chelsey

Artistrie Co. Photographer: Chelsey

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Chelsey is our latest additions to the Artistrie Co. team and I couldn't be more thrilled! I had the pleasure of working with Chelsey and her fiance, John, for their engagement session. I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce you all to one of our talented second photographers. Read on for the inside scoop on Chelsey, her photography journey, and plans for her own upcoming wedding.

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Question: What inspired you to become a photographer?

Chelsey: In high school, I signed up for a film photography class. I was stunned when I got my grade back on my first assignment. It was a D. I was more determined than ever to get it right the next time. I kept shooting, and stayed after school almost every day to develop film. It was in the darkroom that I developed an appreciation for photography. It was a way for me to tell people’s stories, and no words were needed. On the next assignment, I got an A. For the rest of my time in high school, I took every photography class that was offered. In college, I took photos of my cousin’s wedding and some photos of a few families I knew. It was then that I decided how much I loved telling people’s stories through photos. In 2010, I officially became a professional photographer.   

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Q: How did you become a part of the Artistrie Co. team?

C: I feel that as a photographer it’s always important to feel inspired, and to keep improving. I thought that second shooting for an experienced photographer would be a great opportunity for me to learn and grow. I came across Ashley’s website, and loved her work. I e-mailed her saying why I appreciated her beautiful photographs and expressed interest in in second shooting for her. I’ve had a great time working for Ashley, and being a part of the Artistrie Co. team!

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Q: Anything big coming up in your life? Say, like planning a wedding? ;)

C: On July 11, I’ll be getting married to John, my boyfriend of 5 years. You’d think that as a wedding photographer, I’d have everything planned out already, but that isn’t the case. I’m guilty of being quite the procrastinator ;)

Q: What are you looking forward to the most on your wedding day?

C: The part I’m looking forward to the most on my wedding day is when John and I say our vows. We’re planning on writing our vows, and I know it will be a special moment.

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Q: As you are going through the planning process yourself, do you have any advice or words of wisdom for other brides out there?

C: Before you start choosing vendors, come up with an overall budget. Then decide what areas of your wedding that you value the most. Be willing to spend a little more on the areas of your wedding that are most important to you. I may be a little biased, but I think that one of the greatest investments you make when planning a wedding is your photographer. Those photos will be one of the only things you will have to look back on to remember this amazing day that will go by so quickly. If you find the perfect photographer for you, but he/she charges more than you were hoping to spend, give it some thought. Can you cut back on the amount you were planning to spend on flowers, decorations, cake, or something else? If that’s possible, you’re definitely not going to regret hiring the right photographer for you.

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Q: When you don't have a camera in hand, what can we find you doing?

C: When I’m not doing photography, you will most likely find me at a country concert, doing freelance writing, going to the movies, reading, running, or spending some time in the city.

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Q: Finally, what's in your camera bag!?

C: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens, Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 Lens, Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens, Canon 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens, 430 EX II Flash.

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