Hello! My name is Sierra and I’m an eighteen-year-old senior and wedding photographer in Staunton, Virginia. I think I first fell in love with photography when my grandma and I would stretch out photo albums across her kitchen table and flip through them for hours. It was then, listening to her talk about her wedding day, seeing toddler photos of my dad, and reminiscing the many summers my cousins and I spent playing in the creek on our grandparent’s farm, that I realized just how important and powerful a photograph can be. Later, I spent hours reading photography blogs (wedding blogs in particular) and couldn’t wait until I was a wedding photographer and had a blog of my own.
In high school, I joined my school’s yearbook staff and while I loved photographing school events and sports, I was still determined to become a portrait photographer. My friends were always willing to dress up and model, and before I knew it, kids from my graduating class were asking me to take their senior photos. I was honored, but I still held this idea of being a photographer in the back of my head because I thought it was something I had to pursue later in my life. After a workshop hosted by Hope Taylor Photography, another young photographer who started her business her senior year of high school, I realized this dream of mine wasn’t something I had to postpone.
At the end of my senior year, I purchased my first professional camera and started second shooting with some other local photographers, and eventually started booking weddings on my own. It wasn’t the easiest decision to make right before heading off to college, but it didn’t take me long to realize that I’m happiest behind my camera. It’s not easy trying to run a business when you’re young and trying to find your place in the world, but I’m happy chasing sunlight, photographing two people madly in love, and young people celebrating an important milestone in their life.
Hannah + Kody’s wedding was one of my favorites not only for the beautiful, bright bouquets, the gorgeous fields and fences that stretch across her family’s farm, or her gorgeous, long veil. I loved the story of how they met, how they started dating, how Kody proposed, the way they privately prayed together during their ceremony, and just the pure, loving bond between them. It was an honor to be a part of these high school sweetheart’s big day!
COMPANY: Sierra McCray Photography