My name is Corey - I add the Ann (my middle name) on for my "online" personality so that people know I am female - you have no idea how many times I'm called Mr.! Below is a bulleted list - totally random - about things about me, my work and what I am all about! I believe that much of your investment isn't just in the images I can produce but also in the personality that comes with it!
The basic info...
%u2022 You can call me Corey or Corey Ann. Both are fine!
%u2022 I am 34 years young and married.
%u2022 My first name is because my parents thought I was going to be a boy. They decided to keep it after I was born and added Ann as my middle name after my Great Aunt Ann. I was almost named Bridey however! Wouldn't that have been a great name to have in Wedding Photography??
%u2022 I live in North Canton, Ohio and will travel up to one hour from my home free of charge. After that I do charge a travel fee based on the destination.
%u2022 I live in the same house I grew up in but also my Mom grew up in. My grandparents had the house built in the late 1950's and lived here until their death and we bought it. My husband bought it from my Dad and remodeled it. I have a lot of emotional ties to this home!
%u2022 I love to travel and I love to drive. If you bring me out of my home base, I will do a happy dance. I adore destination weddings - I had one myself.
%u2022 I got married on the beach in 2007 and had my first dance in the pool. Some of my favorite images from the day are from when my photographer went underwater and got images from underwater. That's what totally sold me on shooting wedding photography.
%u2022 I have been taking pictures ever since I can remember. My father minored in photography in college and I grew up mimicing him. I started taking pictures for friends in 2000 and started taking clients in 2007. I had a picture I took of wild horses in North Carolina published when I was thirteen and I have been published in other magazines since then.
%u2022 I promise the above makes me cringe because every photographer has a similar story. I swear mine is true though ;)
%u2022 I shoot Nikon (D700) but have a Canon film SLR - so I hold no loyalties to one brand!
%u2022 In the event of a crisis, I have a large network of photographer friends whom will fill in for me in a pinch. I firmly believe in backup plans because you never know what can happen. Recently I filled in last minute for someone that had a heart attack and had never missed an event in 20 years - it can happen to everyone. If possible I will make sure that you approve of the person I am contracting and I will also still process images unless it is not possible.
%u2022 My photography guru is Brooke Mayo who shot my wedding in 2007. If you are vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC I highly recommend her to do your family portraits or any kind of shoot. She's created a nitche for underwater doggie portraits which are a MUST for the doggie in your life!
%u2022 When I was a kid I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. Since I'm allergic to cold temperatures, I had to settle for a photography career in a more temperate environment.
%u2022 Travel photography is my passion after weddings.
%u2022 I have been published in print in Everywhere Magazine, Carpenter Magazine and The Knot: Ohio. I have been published online on Wedding Bee, Wedding Chicks, AOL Aisle Dash, Polka Dot Bride, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Offbeat Bride, Style Me Pretty, Northwoods Wedding, One Wed and Get Married.
%u2022 I am a proud member of WPJA, AGWPJA, ISPWP and PPA. Not that I expect those letter to really impress anyone but other photographers!
%u2022 I've taken classes or have been mentored by some of the top wedding photographers in the world including Mike Colon, Cliff Mautner, David Beckstead and Robert Evans.
%u2022 I have a tendency to hurt myself in the most random ways possible. Nothing to the point where I could not shoot but just random events. Case in point, in Las Vegas I was doing a bridal shoot in a field of cacti and I fell into one (don't do this, the needles do not come out very easily!!!). My doctor is always mystified when I come in and I think I give the office a lot of laughs.
%u2022 I love to drive. LOVE it. Driving is made even better with a GPS system. I have (and love) a TomTom.
%u2022 I am a total ocean baby. If I ever leave Ohio it will be to see the beach and smell the salt air on a daily basis.
%u2022 I love to travel but I hate flying. I will do it, but am nervous from the word go. I will fret over every noise and smell until we land. This process is made MUCH easier by sitting in first class!
%u2022 I have been to 29 of the 50 states and to Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to have visited all 50 states and 10 countries by the time I'm 50.
%u2022 I like shopping - ok LOVE it - and have many many shoes and purses. My favorite store is Amazon. You can buy almost anything your heart desires without leaving your house. WIN!
%u2022 I will admit it, shoes are my weakness. I LOVE my Manolos and Louboutins. If my husband didn't argue about it, I'd probably cuddle with them at night ;)
%u2022 I think IKEA needs to open a store in Northeast Ohio.
%u2022 Summertime storms are one of my favorite things to enjoy.
%u2022 I love daffodils and lilacs.
%u2022 In my downtime I will be found either surfing blogs or reading a book.
%u2022 I read over 100 books a year. People often ask where I find the time, I just MAKE the time. I read before bed every night, it's what I do to chill out and I've read a book before bed since I was 5. I am lost without a book nearby.
%u2022 I have no favorite author as I'll read just about anything that strikes my fancy. The only thing I'm not big into is Sci Fi. From old (Jane Austen) to new (Janet Evanovich) I read it all.
%u2022 I belong to Amazon Vine which is product testers for Amazon. I get to read books months before they come out and test out new gadgets and review them. It's a pretty awesome gig.
%u2022 Kindles are amazing. I own TWO. I really thought I would miss holding a book but I now find myself sad when a book isn't available on Kindle. I've been known to rebuy books on Kindle that I already own.
%u2022 I love animals - ALL animals. I have tried to pet wild animals in the wild - and have been successful. My father encouraged this but my Mom fainted when I came home carrying a opossum. I am that house that all of the wild cats wind up at. I have pet squirrels outside that have been known to knock on my office window to get my attention to toss out some more squirrel food for them. I'm a crazy animal lady!
%u2022 Kitty (my cat) is the closest animal to my heart though. She's a love. She was a wild cat that started sleeping in front of my apartment. She broke my heart when I saw her one morning with frost on her fur and she's been a pet ever since.
%u2022 I am an orphan but I am blessed to have my Dad's best friend and his family take me into their fold. They are amazing.
%u2022 I am a New Kids on the Block fan, don't judge!!!