Today we want to introduce you to SnapKnot member Courtney Hizey with Courtney Hizey Photography, a local photographer based out of Boston!
We asked Courtney a few questions so we could get to know her a little better. You will also get to see a few of her beautiful wedding and engagement photos. Enjoy!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Why did you choose to be a photographer?
“Photography has always been a huge part of my life. I was always fascinated with the camera. I’m a bit of a nostalgia nut and will currently spend my spare time looking through old photographs or these days pictures on Facebook. Life is so short and the days come and go so quick that the only thing tangible we have from our memories are photographs. It was when my son was born that I began to really express interest in the technical side of photography. I documented his milestones with the camera and became more and more interested in perfecting each photo.
Being a “creative” by nature I loved the editing part of the journey. I took as many classes and workshops as I could. I always loved the detail and the photojournalism behind crafting the perfect wedding photographs.
In 2012 I was given an amazing opportunity to shoot and train alongside the resident photographer at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC, it was a huge experience that helped prepare me for photographing my own weddings.”
How long have you been a photographer?
“6 years full-time.”
How would you classify your style of photography?
“My work is creative with a photojournalistic approach.”
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
“There are too many people to name. I am influenced by those people who do not give up on their dreams regardless of what others think. I believe anyone can do anything they set their mind to.”
Do you prefer Nikon or Canon?
Do you have any really great wedding stories?
“Yes. When I got to a wedding reception a couple years back, I was looking all over the place for the cake so I could photograph it. I couldn’t find the cake anywhere. When I asked the coordinator where it was she took me to a back room and explained it had to be locked up because the Bride and Groom had a family member who was a “cake swiper.” I was very confused and she explained that this person runs their fingers through the cake before the wedding couple has a chance to cut it. OH my! There is a first for everything.”
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
What would you recommend for a couple starting their search for a wedding photographer?
“Look at their portfolio first to see if it fits your style. Meet with them to be sure your personalities mesh. Ask to see their back-up camera equipment. You never know what could happen on the day of your wedding and they need to have invested in back-ups of everything, flashes, lenses, camera bodies, etc.”
What is next for you and/or your business?
“I have been lucky to travel and photograph weddings, in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts. I would LOVE to keep traveling and photography a wedding on the West coast or a Caribbean Island. I do have a couple other things in the works.”
Thank you so much Courtney for sharing all this great information about your photographic journey, your company and your love for photography. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer in the Boston or surrounding areas, or even if you are planning a destination wedding somewhere else, be sure to check out Courtney’s company website at www.courtneyhizeyphotography.com or be sure to see the work showcased on her SnapKnot profile.no comments