Today we’d like to introduce you to Corinne D’Orsi.
Corinne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started on my 6th birthday. I opened a gift from my parents to find a Polaroid i-Zone Pocket Instant Camera, in translucent fireball red, with a pack of sticker-backed film, just like I’d see in the commercials. It was the coolest thing ever! So of course my new favorite thing went everywhere with me, from home to school to my backyard. I saw my whole world through its viewfinder. My parents could already see my passion developing, so they provided me with countless disposable cameras throughout my childhood. I loved to photograph everyone and everything I could find, but among my sisters, pets, and family my dolls were always my favorite subjects.
I was home-schooled through high school, which allowed me the time to focus on honing my photography skills. By then I had dropped disposables and switched to digital. I got really into the art of photography and knew deep down that this was more than a hobby. When it was time to apply for college I had my heart set on a small art school in Beverly, MA. As fate would have it, a month before my first day of classes at Montserrat College of Art, a new neighbor moved in across the street, who just so happened to be a professional portrait and wedding photographer.
Imagine how lucky I felt! We quickly became friends and soon she took me under her wing, assisting with weddings, portraits, and all the ins and outs of the industry. She became my mentor, and I’m so thankful to still work with her today! She proved to me that photography could be more than just a silly dream or hobby, and helped me turn my passion into a career.
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?
To be honest, it’s been a roller coaster. All throughout college, I had no idea where I truly belonged in the world of photography. Every day I would question whether I was a gallery artist or a wedding photographer, whether my talents were more commercial or journalistic. The more I learned, the more I struggled to find my place.
Exploring every corner of this world left me with more questions than answers, but I kept digging. I shot weddings, newborns, senior portraits, children, fine art, food, and all sorts of products. I tried to film and large format, I tried conceptual and traditional. You name it, I did it, and finally, by my senior year, I realized what I had known all along: Everything else was a phase, and I was meant to be a wedding and portrait photographer.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Corinne D’Orsi Photography – what should we know?
While I do all kinds of portraiture, I specialize in children and newborn portraits. To work with children requires a limitless amount of patience, with which I’ve thankfully been blessed. Some children can get frightened easily or over-stimulated, so it’s important to take the time to comfort them and make them feel at ease. Parents are constantly apologizing, telling me that they expect the worst for their shoots because of their children’s behavior during the session, and are then blown away when they receive their photos.
Most people say that I “go with the flow” while shooting, and I pride myself on that because you never know what might happen next, so I embrace it. I like to let things happen naturally because I think it adds a sense of authenticity to my work. I try to find the moments between moments, the subtleties, the candids because it’s the little things that matter most. These things might be overlooked in the present, but will be treasured down the road. The curve of a newborn’s ear, the impossibly tight grasp of a child’s hand in her mother’s, or how softly the groom wraps his hands around his new bride’s waist.
These are the moments my clients missed, the moments they didn’t know they couldn’t live without. Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved to look at family photographs, whether they were lined up over a fireplace or vining their way up a staircase, and I truly love being the one to bring this gift to my clients and their future generations. My goal is to create photographs that my clients will be proud to share with their friends and family.
Photographs are a physical form of memory, and I enjoy being able to capture and curate those moments for my clients.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I would have to say it’s a combination of two things: my attention to detail and my relentless perfectionism. I treat each session as if it were my own, each photo as if it would hang in my home, and each client as if they were myself. I pour my heart and soul into each session and the hours spent editing every last frame. I’m motivated by their vision and tirelessly focused on bringing it to life.
I listen closely and value their input, and I’m always willing to make adjustments. Since word of mouth is very important in this business, the key is to be flexible and ready to adapt to any situation. I find that if my clients have an easy, stress-free experience and leave with a final product that they’re happy with, then they will choose me to capture all of their major milestones, as well as sing my praises to their friends and family!
- Wedding Collections start at $1,600.00
- Portrait Collections start at $250.00
- Website: www.corinnedorsi.com
- Phone: 857-212-6697
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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