Why I Became a Photographer

 A girl with her Canon in nature

A girl with her Canon in nature

I realized photography was more than just a friend when I was in elementary school. At a church Christmas party I received a white polar bear holding a red 35mm film camera. This is one of the only childhood gifts that I still remember, and the one I still wish I had. The other would be the Barbie Password Journal - where I held captive all of my photos and 12-year old secrets. I've always been very creative-minded. I struggled with math and science but literature and art were very natural to me.

As I got older I kept asking myself, what am I doing? Why am I doing this? Photography was something that I've always done without giving it much thought. My father is a photographer and all of my computers had photoshop installed. I got an Olympus camera digital camera in high school. I used it to create the dopest Myspace profile pics. It was fun for me to play around with gradient maps and backgrounds in PS.

As I got older my cameras got better and my PS skills improved. I never gave up on my hobby because I truly enjoy photography. And if I didn't get paid a penny; I'd still do it. I like pretty things! I'm a girly girl, don't let my laid back appearance fool you. Creating visions is a blast for me. And I love the feeling I get when a client tells me that they enjoyed their shoot. I think photography is about the experience. If you feel beautiful and fun during the shoot, it will translate on camera. I'm just glad that I can share my passion with the world and get paid while doing so. 

I hope my story inspires you in some way. If you're interested in more content please subscribe to my newsletter for email updates for more posts like this. 

xo So

 

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Picking A Wedding Photographer

So, you're newly engaged. They popped the question and you couldn't be more thrilled. You've shared the great news with your family and friends. Now folks are starting to ask, so when's the wedding? Where will it be? Destination wedding? Etc. It can be overwhelming to say the least. A lot goes into your special day - catering, cake, the bridal party, and the dress. Cannot forget the dress. Weddings are a real investment, but your marriage will last a lifetime. Your wedding day is going to fly by quickly and you want to remember it exactly the way it is. Wedding day photography is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. Your wedding photographer can make or break your big day. Here are some tips on picking a wedding photographer

1. Define your budget - The average U.S. wedding costs $35,000. Your wedding might not be $35,000 exactly but it is important to allocate part of your budget to find a good wedding photographer. Most wedding photographers are working the entire day, with one or two assistants. They are using expensive equipment and completely dedicating themselves to you and your family for the entire event --with that said, you get what you pay for. Most wedding photography packages start at $1500, depending on your location. 

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2. Try an engagement session with a photographer you're interested in - The great thing is that most photographers would be happy to arrange an engagement session with you. It helps you see if your personalities mesh and how you like their photo style. Another plus is that even if you decide not to choose this photographer for your wedding, you've got some great photos for your save the date or bridal party invites.

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3. Think local - local photographers have familiarity with the area. They know about that secret spot with the weeping willow tree that looks amazing in August. They know what areas to avoid. They have connections with local businesses. Consider choosing a photographer that is familiar with the town or state where your ceremony and reception are taking place. 

4. Look at all of the photos in their portfolio - weddings are beautiful displays of love and communion. Take a look at their wedding photos but also consider some of their other work. If you like their style - reach out and ask for more samples. Some couples do not agree to have work posted publicly, but if you ask the photographer directly, they may be able to provide some more samples of work. 

Those are some of my tips for what to expect when choosing a wedding photographer. My name is Sonique and I am a wedding, event and portrait photographer from New Haven, CT. I'm a New Haven County native and UCONN graduate. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about picking the right wedding photographer. 



Best, 

Sonique 

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Broken Clocks

July was sun drenched and it went by incredibly fast. Now here we are early August and the summer is slipping away. Someone please make it slow down. Looking back at film photos of the month. Taken with Canon AE-1, Kodak 400 or Fuji 200 film. 

Day at the beach

 

 

One of the things I love about living in Connecticut (in the summer at least) is the number of beaches we have. Now, some may argue about the cleanliness of these beaches, but that's not going to keep me away. One of my favorite beaches in Connecticut is Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme. It was closed, so Ludwig and I headed to Harvey's Beach in Old Saybrook. It's a small beach with a thin sandbank. It was packed because it was the 4th of July weekend, but a quaint spot nonetheless. There's nothing better than lounging on the beach listening to Toro y Moi and drinking mango wine spritzers. 

All photos were taken with my Canon AE-1 Camera with a 50mm lens. This camera comes with me everywhere I go, I named it Casseus. If you missed it in previous posts, it is a DSLR manufactured by Canon from the late 70s to the mid 80s, and it is an amazing piece of equipment still. I use Kodak Ultra 400 ISO film mostly. I am in love with the quality of photos that it produces. Also, thanks to a great imaging center - Ross Imaging Center in Hamden, CT. I highly recommend them. 

 Broken mirrors aren't bad luck to me --they're new beginnings. Plus they make for cool self portraits. 

Broken mirrors aren't bad luck to me --they're new beginnings. Plus they make for cool self portraits. 

 Mysterious light leaks. Blame it on airport security. I take the blame for the broken mirrors, sorry love. 

Mysterious light leaks. Blame it on airport security. I take the blame for the broken mirrors, sorry love.