|Q: How did you get started in Photography?
Andrea: "My first job as a professional photographer was back in 2002 taking photos of the
Night Club Scene in Sacramento, CA. I then transitioned into scenic work and eventually into
portraiture and weddings.
Q: How did you transition from Night Life Photography to Scenic Photography ?
Andrea: "The nightclub scene was a great job for someone in their early 20's it was wild and fun but eventually I started to grow out of the party scene and I had a desire to expand my portfolio. I decided to
transition into scenic photography which couldn't be more opposite from what I had been doing. I really enjoyed the serenity of it. Scenic photography is a lot more about waiting and taking your time. I spent
several years doing nothing but scenic work".
Q: How did those experiences prepare you for what you do today?
Andrea: "Night Life photography definitely prepared me to become a Wedding photographer. You have to be fast, stealthy, good with people, and able to anticipate crowds reactions. It was a fairly easy
transition to Wedding Photography in that respect. Scenic photography taught me a lot about the use of ambient light and patience. It also taught me to use your surroundings to make portraits extraordinary,
which is why I often prefer to shoot portrait sessions and weddings outdoors whenever possible".
Q: You have a very distinct portrait style, how did this evolve?
Andrea: "My photography has always lent itself to being more on the artistic side, I love to explore angles, ideas and concepts. It is important to me to capture the essence of the subject which is why you will
see so many different styles in my work. The feel of the photo is a reflection of the person/people I am shooting rather than just my own interpretation of how they should look. I also love mixing things up that
you might not normally see in photos together like old fashioned clothing and vibrant color schemes. I would say my technical knowledge is more of an evolution as I learn more and more about photography
Q: What is your favorite part of this job?
Andrea: "Oh, I couldn't pick just one part. So I have to name several. I really enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life with all sorts of interests and getting them to feel comfortable in front of the
camera. So many people have had bad experiences with photographs that I make it my personal mission to change their mindset. I love seeing them relax, smile and start enjoying themselves as the set
progresses. After the shoot wraps, I get a kick out of hearing them say things like "Wow that was painless, I never thought having my picture taken could be so fun" or "Are we done already, I want to take
Q: From a pricing standpoint you do things a lot differently than most other photographers, can you explain why?
Andrea: "When I started to come up with my pricing schedule I distinctly remember a friend in high school who had her senior portraits done but, after paying the hefty sitting fee she could not afford to buy the
prints. It was that memory that made me want to make it easy for people to control what they were going to spend and know exactly what they were going to get for that. This is why I helped pioneer the "shoot
and burn" as its called. I have an all inclusive digital package fee, you get your photos on disc with a limited copyright release. I do not hold their photos hostage and force people to buy prints directly from
me. This puts the control in the client's hands and gives them the ability to share their photos on social media."
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stopping by, my name is
Andrea and I am a
Wedding junkie. I am
not ashamed to say
that I love everything
about weddings. I
adore capturing every-
thing from the tiny
details on a wedding
gown to the big tear
jerking moments of a
father daughter dance.
I also specialize in other
life moments such as newborns, maternity, boudoir
and senior portraits You will probably find that my
style is a little scattered, this is because I like to tell a
little story about YOU when I take photos. This way
the photos reflect your style and personality not just
my interpretation of it. I also like to have fun no
matter what I am doing, so be prepared for some
little shenanigans when we get to shoot together.
Stuff I Like......I Like Stuff
Cilantro}I put it on everything (don't judge ;-)
Farmers Markets} Not just because of the Cilantro either, there
are all sorts of goodies there.
My Coworker} An English Pointer named Guinness (Pictured to
the left). He doesn't get a lot of "work" done at the studio but he is
good entertainment and he works for treats.
Upcycling} You will often find me at any number of antique stores,
thrift stores, and yardsales finding all sorts of goodness to use for
photoshoots in ways those items were never meant to be used.