First, let’s go back to 2008…
It started as a dream: A flicker, really. A college sophomore diving into her first photography class with her dad’s old Pentax K1000. The satisfying weight of a camera in-hand, the fluttering heart of a clicked shutter, the lingering scent of darkroom chemicals, and a girl who always knew she’d blaze her own trail.
Fast forward half a million photos later, 100+ weddings, countless sessions, and infinite connections made with incredible humans, and I’m still armed with a zest for capturing honest love, laughter, and adventure.
Today, eight years into this journey, I am thrilled to announce that Bailey Aro Photography is growing! Starting today, my first Associate Wedding Photographer, Chelsea, is joining my team. Some of you may recognize Ms. Chelsea Dobs (pictured below, right) as my 2nd shooter at many 2016-17 weddings.
In early 2016, Chelsea responded to my call for wedding day 2nd shooters. On a chilly spring afternoon, we met for coffee + connected right away. Even though she was a self-proclaimed newbie, with a portfolio featuring mostly photos of her dogs & cute house, I knew I had to work with her!
Chelsea brings ease, humor, and joy to every wedding she captures. In the nearly fifteen weddings we’ve photographed together, I have been so impressed with her exponential growth from an inspired gal with a camera, to a blooming photographer. Chelsea has abundant experience photographing weddings under my wing, along with serving her own wedding clients.
Chelsea will be booking 2018 weddings under the Bailey Aro brand beginning today! Stay tuned for exclusive Q&A with Chelsea on the blog next week, and click here to view her work.
You may be wondering…
What exactly is an Associate Photographer?
Great question! An Associate Photographer works under the brand of an existing photographer. This allows us to serve clients when the primary photographer is already booked, or serve those with different budgetary needs. Although Chelsea & I serve two distinct price points, all clients receive an elevated experience, full of the special touches & dedicated service that Bailey Aro couples have come to know + love.
Will Bailey still photograph weddings?
Absolutely! I am almost fully booked for 2018, with a few dates remaining. Although I would love to serve every couple who inquires, my calendar is limited to a select number of weddings each year.
Where can I view Chelsea’s work?
Meet + Greet
Join us this Sunday, November 12 from 12-3 PM at the Greysolon Ballroom Wedding Open House. Meet Chelsea (and Bailey!) at our booth in the Bridal Suite. We’ll totally have donuts + coffee, so come visit! 😉
Chelsea will tell you all about her love for eucalyptus branches, the best dinner rolls to have at your wedding, AND she’ll be giving away a Mini Session to one lucky couple (plus, there’s 90% chance she’ll make you belly laugh). We can’t wait to see you! RSVP to the Wedding Open House here.