Hello! My name is Lydia. I’m a photographer living in St. Joseph, Michigan. I love dark chocolate, black coffee, dry wine, dancing in my kitchen, talking to strangers, and going to the beach with my kids. I am forthright, sarcastic, empathetic, and I genuinely wish I was a fairy!
I believe portraits should be more than just pretty pictures. My goal as a photographer is to capture the true essence of each person I photograph — and to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone! I do this by providing a relaxed, care-free environment so you can just be yourself and have fun.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did you become a photographer?
I have enjoyed snapping pictures for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t start taking photography seriously until after my first child was born in 2008. In 2010 I sought out an internship which gave me the opportunity to work first hand with two very talented photographers. They taught me more than I can ever thank them for. I officially started my own photography business early summer of 2011.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
Do you shoot weddings?
No, I do not shoot weddings. I have in the past and I enjoy them very much but weddings are a HUGE commitment. In my constant search for balance as an entrepreneur and a mother, I have come to the conclusion that weddings are not a good fit for me at this time.
Do you ever take NUDE pictures of people?
Yes. I call it a “Natural State” session.
Is it awkward?
No, not really.
What kind of camera do you have?
I have a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 5D Mark IV.
I also have a Fujifilm X100T, and a Canon AE-1 that I use just for fun.
(If you are interested in a more expansive list of all my gear, send me a message and I will be happy to share!)
What editing software do you use?
Lightroom and Photoshop.
Do you have a studio?
I have an office in my home with a designated space just big enough to do basic headshots. I don’t know if it really counts as a “studio”, but it’s… something. Most of my sessions are done on location, without the need for a storefront studio.