It starts in New York State, where we were born and bred. We are high school sweethearts who met in Drama Club during a production of “Anything Goes”, and have been inseparable ever since.
“Victoria about Victoria”
I am a Microbiologist by training and have worked in major hospitals, first in and around New York City and then in Washington D.C.
Looking at my family background, I think you will easily understand my reasons for choosing photography as my “second” career:
Growing up, my parents, my two brothers and I were all passionate photographers. We all had our own camera, and in fact, my older brother even used to work for Nikon (no, we don't get a family discountJ).
I also took photography courses in college, and when the time came to make a change the choice seemed obvious to me….
“Mario about Mario”
My first career was in technical program management with several Fortune 500 companies. I liked what I did but I always had a strong interest in the arts. I considered myself a decent illustrator and was longing to express my creative side. That’s when I went back to school to study Graphic Design.
One day a fellow student brought in a photo he had taken to use in a class assignment. The photo was a wedding dress hanging in the doorway of a rustic cottage that was located in the middle of a forest.
That photo moved me. I saw what could be created with the proper application of light, shadow, depth of field and color. I had been a "photographer" all my life, and yes, I owned a camera and had taken the occasional snapshot while on vacation, but I knew that this, this was art. From that moment on, I knew that I needed to be a photographer.
A few years after we got married, we moved from our native Long Island to our new home in Northern Virginia. And now, three kids, one dog, and one mortgage later, we have arrived.
You might sense it, when you look at our photography - we really love what we do.
Oh, and P.S., our next big dream? Photographing a wedding in beautiful New Zealand!
If you want to find out more about Brathw8 Studios Photography, please get in touch. We’d be delighted to meet you.