Today I get to introduce you to CASSIE!!! She is one of my 2019 Second Photographers and oh my goodness, honestly, I just feel so HONORED that she wants to shoot with *me*. Because ya’ll, this girl is MEGA TALENTED. Not only that, she has the BIGGEST heart to show up and serve all my sweet couples. I am so excited to introduce you to her today!
I asked Cassie to answer some questions so you can get to know her even better! If you’re a bride having her at your wedding, you’re in for a treat. This girl is so amazing!!
Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Columbus Ohio. Growing up, we were surrounded by cornfields and farm lands. Over the past 23 years, the city seems to have caught up to us. Canal Winchester is still a quaint little town, nestled between big box stores and the few farms that still remain. It isn’t as hustle and bustle as a big city, and you can still find a winding back road that let’s you forget your destination for a short moment.
I always stuck out in my little family. Both of my parents were math majors and their brains operate analytically and everything is organized. I was always the creative one, pencil in hand, papers full of scribbles and work my childhood self deemed as “masterpieces.” I found every creative outlet I could, and I used them every way my imagination could come up with. When I wasn’t drawing, I was writing. When I was older, I found photography, and a few years later, painting and crafting. In college, I majored in graphic design, and practically had my own cot in the art building. I’ve stuck with every creative outlet I have discovered, and many times, these mediums overlap and blend into something new. My creative live is ever changing and ever evolving, and it’s dull!
What do you love outside of photography?
Anyone who knows me, would tell you that I love llamas. They might even tell you I’m obsessed. They might not be wrong. Hey, they’re smart, quick learners, they are social, they’re soft, they hum to their young, and they have banana shaped ears. What’s not to love?
Outside of llamas, my real love is for my whirlwind son. He’s a ball of nonstop energy, crazy facts, and a healthy imagination that keeps me on my toes! Talk about the sunshine in my life, his smile is just killer!
What is your favorite part about photographing weddings?
If I had to pick just one thing, it would be the beauty. The beauty in the shaking hands of the bride as she slips into her dress. The beauty of a groom repeating his vows over and over again. The beauty of the embrace between a father and daughter as he lets go of his little girl who grew up way too fast. The beauty of every wide smile, every subtle tear, every hearty laugh. Little moments hold so much beauty, and as a photographer, I strive to capture it all.
How did you get started in photography?
A cheap low quality digital camera, and one unforgettable trip to Alaska in 2006. My camera never did it justice, but those photographs strike such vivid memories and lit the fire for my passion for photography. I took classes in both film and digital photography in school, and I can’t wait for my next trip back to Alaska, to really capture the beauty of the great wilderness!
What season of life are you in right now?
I am very much a spring chicken! Alive and full of awe and inspiration. I am learning, and growing, and evolving into a new me; a better me. It’s exciting to begin new journeys and follow newly discovered shining stars!
What are you most looking forward to in 2019?
New opportunities and new open doors! I’m excited to meet new people and capture new beautiful moments. I’m excited to explore new paths and create new ways to capture the beauty of life.
What made you become a second photographer?
If you had asked me five years ago, if I would have seen myself as a second photographer, photographing weddings, I would have told you that you were crazy. Prior to photographing weddings, I had very little experience with portrait photography. I suckered a few friends into letting me experiment on them, and I annoyed my son with the constant camera glued to my face. Ashley was the one who saw my potential and approached me about working with her. In fact, she had to approach me multiple times because I wasn’t quite convinced I could match up to her mad skills. Her enthusiasm really hyped me up and we’ve been a great team ever since!
What’s one thing in your life you are really grateful for?
I am so very blessed to have such a supportive network of family and friends. My parents have always supported my passions, and pushed me to do my best and never give up. My family and friends have been at my side to help push me through had times, and remind me to keep my chin up.
What’s one thing you’re loving lately?
I am loving the flat-lay style lately! That bird’s eye view of all the important things, on a clean and minimal background is just beautiful! And they are so much fun to make; finding items that compliment each other in size, color, and subject matter.
What’s one fun fact about you?
I was always awful at this question in school. I usually answered with being double jointed or having traveled to some neat place, or something similar.
I asked my seven year old what was a fun fact about mommy, and he came back with “you’re sweet.” So there you have it! I’m pretty sweet.