MEET THE GIRL BEHIND THE CAMERA
I'm a photographer, a designer, a writer and a marketer - with a passion for agriculture. Outside of my full-time job as the Brand Manager at Richwood Marketing, I provide professional photography services through CeeCee Photography. I specialize in wedding photography, while also freelancing graphic design. Yes, brides, you read that right - you can bundle photography, custom invitation suites, wedding websites, and more - all through CeeCee Photography... You might be wondering about my passion for agriculture. Keep reading.
THE FARM AND THE CAMERA
Growing up on a small family farm instilled in me a passion for agriculture... and an interest in photography. In short, the farm became my canvas and the place where I first learned to photograph "things."
I started taking photos of our farm and animals in high school. Eventually, my family and friends took notice of my pictures and encouraged me to keep shooting. I acquired my first digital camera after saving up enough money while working a summer job on a garage door assembly line.
From my numerous disposable cameras, to my point and shoot camera, this camera - a Nikon D7000 - held the key. In 2011, it came with me to college. It helped me become a student photographer for the campus newspaper. And in April 2012, as a freshman in college, I started my own business over Facebook called CeeCee Farm & Livestock Photography. The name came from, CeeCee - my nick-name, and my then dream - to be a photographer working in the agricultural and livestock industry.
When I went back to school in the fall to begin my sophomore year of college I signed up for a digital photography class - a class that inspired me to pursue photography even more. My photography professor encouraged me to send my work into The Toledo Museum of Art.
While scrolling through some potential photos to submit, my professor told me, "send that one!" It was an image of a corn field. I told him, "This will never get in. It's just corn." I ended up submitting the corn image along with two other entries. Sure enough, a few weeks later I received word that my corn image had been accepted. Out of over 600 applicants, my photo titled "All Join Hands," was one of 92 pieces accepted into the 94th annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art.
In December 2013, I was asked to speak at The University of Findlay's Donor Banquet featuring my "All Join Hands" photograph. In 2015, it was a finalist in the Photographer's Forum magazine "Best of High School and College Photography Contest". That photo of just corn sure did open a lot of opportunities.
CAPTURING PRECIOUS MEMORIES
Since its inception, nearly six years ago, a few things have changed. CeeCee Farm & Livestock Photography is now CeeCee Photography. Though I still love living and working on a farm, I realized I like to work with people, capturing precious memories that would otherwise be forgotten. These memories are what I strive to preserve - and the sole mission of CeeCee Photography.
My absolute favorite part of what I do is delivering a gallery to a client. Why? Because your gallery is so much more than just a bunch of beautifully edited digital files. It’s laugher, smiles, connection, love, and moments. Small snippets of moments caught in time. That if uncaptured – you’d never have.
Think about that. You probably have a favorite photo. Maybe even one near and dear to your heart.
I know I do.
A Special Photo
It was one of those photos where you are forced to get your picture taken. You know the line… “Let’s get a picture of you all.”
It was on my 8th grade class trip to Washington D.C. that my three friends and I stepped out in front of a restaurant to have our photo taken. We lined up alongside each other on the sidewalk– some of us not too thrilled to have our photo taken. It was a chilly fall night and we all adorned our new D.C. sweatshirts.
We posed. We smiled.
Little did I know, that moment, would become a precious memory.
The following summer, I unexpectedly lost one of my friends.
They were in the photo we took. Standing next to me. The only photo I have of the two of us.
It’s a pretty special photo.
Having professional photos taken is a commitment and an investment. Moms – you’re working around busy schedules and making sure your little ones behave. Brides – you’re planning your outfits months in advance and anticipating using them in your save the dates. It’s work. I know.
But I promise you. It’s worth it!
So, are you ready? Let’s book your photo session. And, just for reading this far – mention this during your booking and I’ll give you $10 off your session.