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Meet Kendra Dott of Sharon’s Studio of Gloucester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kendra Dott.

Kendra, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I love parties! Seriously, I’m a social butterfly according to my husband. Conveniently, I do a lot of weddings and event photography. I grew up in a family photography business in the 80’s and 90’s. If your trying to do the math, I’m in my 40’s. We had one of the first one-hour labs in New England. Eventually the processing business tanked and I headed to Massachusetts College of Art to design Jewelry. I still dabble in all sorts of creative endeavors but make my living with photography and custom picture framing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Has it been a smooth road? Yes, totally smooth. Just kidding. No not at all and it still isn’t. Nor will it ever be. Creative jobs are never as stable as an office job with 401K’s and health insurance. But it’s definitely more exciting.

Sharon’s Studio of Gloucester – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
There are so many great photographers out there. Even Uncle John at the wedding is taking great photos with his iPhone. But, I’m always trying to be creative and learn more. I’m at ease walking in to a situation that can be uncomfortable to a lot of people.

For instance, knocking on the door of a bunch of rowdy groomsman getting ready isn’t a problem for me. I know to just take control of the situation and get them moving. It’s important to be able to help direct the wedding party and guide the stressed bride. This wedding is probably her first (or second). I’ve done tons of them. My job is to notice if the boutonnieres are on wrong or comment if the limo driver seems to be missing. Yes, I have stories. I’m like a wedding planner that takes great photos.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’m pretty critical of my work so It’s hard to define success. Beautiful, creative photos are the goal. The perfect lighting can and will elevate your images. As long as the couple is happy during the wedding and with the final product then that’s a good start.

Pricing:

  • Hourly rates of $250 per hour for weddings
  • Portraits $75 -$200

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Image Credit:
Sharon’s Studio of Gloucester

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