Meet the Photographer

Hello! My name is Lydia. I’m a wife, mother, and photographer living in St. Joseph, Michigan. I love dark chocolate, black coffee, dry wine, and dancing in my kitchen. I’m a health nut and a pescatarian, and I wish I was a fairy. I am forthright, sarcastic, empathetic, and I fall in love easily.

My goal as a photographer is to capture the true essence of each person I photograph — and to make it a fun experience!


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 a little over a year later.

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

People! I love photographing people. But to narrow it down, my absolute favorites are Dancers! Dance is and always has been my first love; and to merge that passion with the art of photography is like a dream.

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.

What gear do you own?

Digital Cameras: Canon 5D Mark II and  Fujifilm X100T
Lenses: Canon 50mm f/1.4, 17-40mm f/4, 85mm f/1.8, 70-200mm f/2.8
Flash: 2 Yongnuo YN600EX-RT Speedlites and 1 Transmitter
Film Cameras: Canon AE-1 (1979) and Kodak Duaflex III
Other: 10 x 12 ft Backdrop stand,  107″ Seamless Background Paper (Gray),  53″ Seamless Background Paper (Black), 53″ Seamless Background Paper (White), Octagonal Umbrella Softbox, White Translucent Umbrella, Bounce Umbrella, 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector Disc, Ring Flash Attachment, and Various Tripods

What editing software do you use?

Lightroom and Photoshop. (Mostly Lightroom)

Do you have a studio?

Most of my sessions are done on location, without the need for a storefront studio. However, I do have an office in my home with a designated space just big enough to do simple headshots. I don’t know if it really counts as a “studio”, but it’s… something.

Do you have any questions? Head over to my contact page and send me a message. I would love to hear from you!