THE STORY OF A PHOTOGRAPHER
THE GIST OF IT:
Lindsay, married, mother of two boys plus three cats, portrait photographer for 16 years, lived all over Charleston but currently residing in Summerville, Bachelor's in Studio Art Photography from the College of Charleston, Believer, INFJ, Enneagram 4w5, unicorns, peanut butter.
THE WHOLE STORY:
Hi, my name is Lindsay. I'm married to a supportive and generous man named Sean and together we have two happy little boys! I love the big four: Target, Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, and Amazon. And you know you love them too. I'm a chronic Pokémon Go player, Harry Potter fan, peanut butter lover and crazy cat lady. Unicorns are my fav. I wouldn't so much say that photography is my passion as much as I would say that it is something I have felt drawn to my almost my entire life. My mom put a plastic 35mm Fisher-Price camera in my hands when I was about 7 years old and I don't think I ever looked back. I was outside setting up my Beanie Babies, posing them in the yard and taking their picture. Things only escalated from there. In middle school, I received my first digital camera and that became "my thing." In high school, I started photographing people and not just Beanie Babies. I also had my first experiences in the dark room as well and my interest continued to grow. I started to express myself artistically through photographs and taught myself to use Photoshop. I moved from my hometown of Sumter, SC to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston in 2007. I've since lived in various parts of the greater Charleston area for the last 16 years. In 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art concentrated in Photography. During that summer's Spoleto Festival in Downtown Charleston, I won first place for adults in the creative photography category (my mom's really proud of that one.) I had spent the last four years in college working almost exclusively in the dark room, creating meaningful black and white photographs of things I thought were beautiful. In 2012, I started photographing for a very large, fast-paced and full-service photography business in Charleston that taught me so much about so much. In the last 9 years of working there, I found myself, my voice, my best friends, and even my husband through my photography journey (we met at a wedding I was photographing - but that's a story for another time!) I also found that once I became pregnant with our son, I knew I wanted to slow down and concentrate on what really mattered. I had been photographing anything and everything for years. I had done it all and felt burnt out. I had photographed thousands of people. From high school seniors, school pictures, sporting events, engagements, weddings, preschools, corporate events, families and children in-studio and on-location, professional headshots, and finally, babies. That's when I really felt it click. I really enjoyed the unhurried process of photographing newborn babies. It almost reminds me of working in the dark room from all those years ago. The dimmed lights, the warm and quiet room, calm atmosphere, slow movements, the rush of finally getting "the shot." Only this time, I get to enjoy the satisfaction on parents' faces when they admire their perfect little one in my photographs. It's my favorite thing to do.