Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Boncek.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always loved taking pictures! It wasn’t until friends of mine asked me to take photos of their intimate wedding ceremony on the beach in Falmouth in 2012 when I realized… wow! I love this! Without thinking I would be starting my own business, I borrowed my father-in-laws Canon Rebel camera. It turned out that this was something I loved and knew I had to do! It wasn’t just about taking pictures. It’s capturing emotion, being there to freeze a moment so it never goes forgotten, documenting important moments in our lives and I get to share in those moments. I purchased my first DSLR Canon camera and I started photographing children and families. It wasn’t long until another friend asked me to photograph their wedding and from there, here I am! For the past 5 years, while building Ali B Photography, I was working full time. I kept my wedding numbers per year to a minimum and each year I am able to add more. I have met so many amazing people who have inspired me to keep going and now, after my second baby was born in April 2017, I am able to be home with my kiddos and work hard to continue to build my business.
I’m very social and approachable, and I have good intuition when it comes to understanding people. I love children, and I always have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the little ones more comfortable during sessions! I am a mother of two wonderful boys – Ethan, who was born in 2014, and Henry, who joined our family in the spring of 2017. They never cease to amaze me! My husband, who I married in New Jersey in 2010, is an incredible man who has always supported my dreams and cheered me on, and I am so thankful for my beautiful family. Living near the beach makes me happy! There’s nothing like watching the waves and breathing in the ocean air to help me appreciate my life and everything in it.
When I’m not working, you can find me dancing around the house with my boys, coffee in hand…and when that cup of coffee is finished, I’ll pour a new one. I really, really love coffee.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In the beginning, I didn’t consider myself a professional photographer. I had a lot of learning to do and wasn’t sure which photographic style I wanted to focus on. I was working full time and had limited hours to spend on photography. I rented equipment, taught myself with videos and “playing” around with my camera, I networked, practiced photographing friends and their babies, worked on creating a portfolio and eventually decided to invest in marketing to help get my name out there. I had to limit the number of weddings I could capture per year due to having a full-time job and now, I just recently went full time and my 2018 calendar is filling up!
Please tell us about Ali B Photography.
I’m a lifestyle and wedding photographer based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. When I was growing up in New Jersey, my close friends and family knew me as Ali. My nickname shifted as I grew older, but when it came time to choose a name for my business, I couldn’t help thinking of my mother, Mary, who passed away in 2002. She always called me Ali, so I brought back the name Ali B for my photography company, in honor of the wonderful woman she was.
During a shoot, I feel free. I savor the moment, and everything else just melts away. The ability to freeze time in a simple click brings me joy, but just as incredible are the in-betweens and the behind-the-scenes. The people who trust me to capture their most important moments aren’t just clients – they’re friends.
My photographic style is light, romantic, airy and, above all, authentic. I believe photography is about so much more than just images, and I strive to tell stories, frame by frame. I want everyone who looks at my work to feel fully immersed in the scene – because there is far more to a moment than what we see.
Those who have worked with me know I am positive, creative, flexible, and always looking for the best natural light. I’m very open to ideas and suggestions, and I encourage my clients to speak up and tell me what they’re looking for in their photos! I shoot on location, and I am willing to travel anywhere.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Day Trips to Smithville, NJ with my mom and sisters and to the Jersey Shore with my family, walking the boardwalk and visiting the Wonderland Pier!
- Website: www.alexandraboncek.com
- Phone: 6097849298
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/alibphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/alibphoto
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/alibphoto
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ali-b-photography-plymouth
- Other: www.pinterest.com/alibphotogr0644
Image Credit for Alexandra’s photo under headline: Kaleidoscope Imagery, South Jersey (http://www.photographersouthjersey.com/) –