Today we’d like to help you get to know Marsha Steckling of Life Exposed Photography, a wedding photographer in Denver, Colorado.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve lived in Boulder, CO since 1989. Photography has always been my passion, but I also have a passion for dogs and animal rescue. I’m a certified Emergency Animal Rescue Volunteer for natural disasters. I volunteer at Animal Rescue New Orleans once a year and adopted 2 feral dogs from them in 2007. They are our babies!
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I love being able to record important moments in peoples lives and love when people enjoy reliving these moments through my photographs. It’s just so importrant to preserve these memories for ourselves and future generations.
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve had a camera since I was 10, but started using it seriously about 15 years ago. I started my business 12 years ago.
How would you classify your style of photography?
Editorial – which is a mix of candid, documentary style along with relaxed formals of the family and wedding party. I also like to add in some fashionable flare and some vintage style image effects!
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
I love a lot of the old time vintage photographers such as Alfred Steiglitz and Gertrude Kasabier. More recently I am greatly influenced by Joe Buissink.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
Of course! I think every wedding story is a good story – but there are always a couple that stand out more than the others. I have a bride and groom who met as roommates and didn’t really like each other. The bride was diagnosed with a heart ailment that required surgery and found that her roommate was someone she could really depend on. A friendship grew and then… well, you know!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
Love my digital Canon and especially my 28-70 2.8 lens! I also love my vintage photoshop effects. I create one, super special artistic image from each wedding featuring vintage effects.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
Find a photograher who you click with. You will spend a lot of time with them on your wedding day and the better you feel with them, the better you will feel being photographed and then of course, better photos! Don’t just price shop – find someone who really knows what they are doing and has been in the biz awhile. An inexperienced photographer can ruin your day and your time schedule when doing your family and wedding
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
Instead of making a New Years Resolution every year, I create a motto. My yearly motto keeps me motivated to change, learn, improve, let go, or work on anything personal/professional that I want. Some of my mottos have included: “Now is the Time”, “Do Your Part”, “No Excuses”, etc. I post them around the house and it’s kind of fun – no one else really knows what it means, but I do. Also, I love to collect vintage photographs and research them online. I’ve found family histories and stories by finding clues in the photos and doing some research.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
I just have to say that I really love the being a wedding photographer. I think its the best part to play at a wedding. I am thankful that I get to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job. I get to be creative, meet new people and go to a party every weekend!
Marsha’s Special Offer: I’ll offer a free 11×17, Vintage Art Wall Portrait for any brides who book with me and mention they found me on SnapKnot.
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