Artistrie Co. Photographer Interview: Aimee

Artistrie Co. Photographer: Aimee

When people ask me about my Artistrie Co. second photographers, I love to brag. The truth is, they are all talented photographers and wonderful people. I truly can't imagine doing this without them. Earlier, I interviewed Chelsey, one of my newest members of the team. Today, I'd like for you all to get to know Aimee. Aimee has been with me since the beginning. In fact, this will be our 5th season working together. Since our very first wedding working side-by-side, I've always been impressed with her creative eye, attention to detail and warm personality. She is the epitome of why having a second photographer is so important. This girl keeps me sane, organized and is always making me laugh and have fun. For my clients, Aimee captures moments in such a beautiful, organic way. I can always count on her to be my extra set of eyes. Just see for yourself when you look through the photos above. Thank you Aimee for always going above and beyond for me and my couples. I am so lucky to have you!

For those of you who'd like to learn even more about Aimee, be sure to visit the Artistrie Co. Instagram today for 5 fun facts!

What inspired you to become a photographer?

My journey began somewhat similar to many other photographers, with a parent who loved the art form and a high school darkroom class. Having always been drawn to the arts in general since a very young age, I took a LOT of art classes in high school but didn't major in it in college. Then I spent nearly my entire 20's working in finance and longing to get back into something artistic. Knowing I had always loved photography, my husband bought me an entry-level DSLR the month before we married, and it's been true love ever since – with him AND my camera gear :)

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What was your own wedding day like? Do you have a favorite memory from that day?

I got married barefoot on the beach in St. Lucia, with a wonderfully small group of just 11 family members in attendance. The best memory of the day was when my then 5 year-old ring bearer realized he had lost one of the rings. (Yes, I was dumb enough to allow our rings to actually be tied to the pillow!) In the middle of our ceremony, we all wandered aimlessly along the beach for the missing ring. My dad managed to save the day by somehow finding it buried deep in the sand beneath his feet. It's now a hilarious memory that our photographers captured, and my brother in-law even got on video. The rest of the day was flawlessly perfect, with warm Caribbean breezes, a colorful sunset, and dining al fresco by moonlight. There are so many photos we love, it's hard to pick a favorite. I wouldn't change a single thing about our day, even if I could. Except maybe the dress...

What is your favorite moment to photograph during a wedding?

At this point in my life, my favorite part is documenting the love between family members. I especially have a soft spot for any father-daughter experiences after losing my dad to cancer almost two years ago. It's a special feeling to know that you are preserving memories for generations of families, and capturing moments in time that your clients will treasure for the rest of their lives.

From your experiences, do you have any words of wisdom for brides to remember on their own wedding day?

Other than “don't tie your rings to the pillow!”? Not really, because as long as the groom is there, it's all going to be great in the end.

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

Usually, you'll find me teaching Spin class, singing Frozen songs with my 4 year-old, running with my 11 year-old, hitting up a favorite local restaurant with my hubby (we are total creatures of habit!)...or scouting new locations for portraits. Location scouting is my favorite excuse to explore new beautiful places that aren't overused by other local photographers.

What’s in your camera bag?

Unlike Ashley, I'm a Nikon girl. I shoot with a Nikon D700, and my lens collection includes a 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 10-24mm 3.5, and a SB-910 flash.  I've even been known to rent a lens or two for your wedding!