Why I Love Being an Appleton Photographer

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I am so so thrilled that I am an Appleton Photographer! I totally love that this is my job and that I get to do this each day. Some of you may be wondering though, how I became a photographer and I’ll let you in on some of the deets.

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Why I Became an Appleton Photographer

I started doing photography at a young age. I remember asking for disposable cameras for Christmas and as soon as I got one, I would use up all the film right away (wow, talking about film cameras makes me feel old haha). I bought my first camera when I was in 8th grade and I took that thing everywhere! I took a film class in high school and I learned how to develop my own film and photographs. Once I learned this process, I really started to love photography. I loved learning about how a camera worked and learning the magic inside of a dark room. And while I loved photography at that time, I don’t think it was until college that I truly became passionate.

College taught me a lot about photography and really helped me learn my style. I started taking classes about other photographers, then more film classes, digital photography classes and even a few advanced classes. I was really intrigued about learning the art of photography, developing my style and just mastering my craft. I loved learning how to capture different things, and how to take photos from my perspective. Everyone has a different view and take on things, but through my camera I learned how to share my version of the story.

So it’s pretty obvious that I’m passionate about photography, but I also love getting to know people. I like making new friends, sharing stories, going on adventures and just hanging out. There’s something about making that connection with a person, creating a friendship and making memories together. I LOVE good conversation (typically over a cup of coffee or food) and could honestly talk for days (and that’s not an exaggeration).

After college, I came back home to the Fox Valley area. I grew up on the outskirts of Appleton and after being gone for a few years I realized that the Fox Valley has so much to offer that I couldn’t find in other areas of Wisconsin. In my opinion it combines the best of both worlds: cities nearby with shopping, events, sports, etc and the countryside where I could live in a quiet neighborhood and enjoy outdoor recreational activities. All of this lead me to being an Appleton Photographer.

Why I Love Being an Appleton Photographer

As an Appleton photographer, I get to combine two of my favorite things. I get to share your story through photographs and make a new friend (you). I get to spend time with you, chat over coffee as we plan your session, give you an unforgettable experience and create memories that will last forever. And to me that means everything! There’s really nothing better in my book.

I would love to capture your story, whether it’s family, high school senior or maternity. Browse my website or send me a message on my contact page.

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