Hello! My name is Bailey. I love looking at, talking about, and making photographs. As far back as I can remember, art has been a part of my soul. I took every drawing and painting class I could when I was growing up. Then I upped and moved to Boston to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, where my whole life changed. Until I took my first photo class at SMFA, I had only used photos as reference material to draw from, and didn't realize I actually enjoyed taking the photographs more than replicating them. I started seeing the world differently- thinking and seeing critically, perceiving light in a whole new way, finding beauty in everyday things. I discovered how magical it is that because photographs are directly tied to the world we live in, EVERYONE can relate to a photograph. While at the same time, we all approach an image from different backgrounds and personal experiences, so a single image has a different meaning to every single viewer. I guess that's what art is all about.
Things I love (other than photography):
- having meaningful conversations with strangers
- "shadow green" (the color of leaves at dusk)
- yoga in my livingroom
- watching films with my husband, Yuta, and having critical discussions about them over dinner -nerds.
- the smell of rain (NOT in the city)
- spending hours in bookstores
- fractals (repeating patterns in nature)
- matcha green tea
- exploring new things (places, food, anything!)
One of my biggest fears is forgetting details about things that are important to me, mainly about people. Photographs give us the ability to preserve things the exact way they were in that instant, and you have a record of them forever. We all have those photos from our childhood that are so ingrained in our memory, that we don't even need the physical photograph anymore. Like this one for example, which has been on the fridge at my parents house forever: a family snapshot of me as a baby, my mom, and my Grandma (Nanny, we called her.) Just thinking of the photograph brings tears to my eyes. If I can provide those precious photos for someone else (if it's you, your kids, or your grandkids), I believe I can bring good into this world.
So, considering the line of work I am in, you may be surprised to find that until recently I didn't even think I believed in marriage. The "f" word ("forever"- yikes!) still kind of freaks me out. Being the free spirit that I am, I think my fear of permanence and of making the wrong decision made it seem like a choice that, personally, was impossible for me to make. But I've since realized, being married to Yuta (for four years now!), that the risk is worth it- for the right person. The only thing that really changed when we got married was getting used to the words "husband" and "wife." (It still feels weird, by the way.) But the truth is, all of the things I was anxious about BEFORE being married were virtually non-existent once we actually were. Not only do I get to wake up next to my wonderful husband every day, but I regularly get the chance to meet adorable couples who share their most intimate moments with me. My daily life is a constant reminder of humanity's limitless capacity to love. And it's absolutely breath-taking.
Yuta and I got married at the Arnold Arboretum, under a tree on the one-and-only sunny 60 degree day in April that year. Our wedding was the most surreal experience, having all of our friends and family from all different parts of our lives coming together and supporting us, it was so magical. It really did feel like a dream, and I didn't want it to end. The day never could have been long enough, but the best advice I can give you if your wedding day is coming up, is to live in the moment and absorb as much of it as possible.
That's where I come in. I want you to remember everything that happens at your wedding, from your baby cousin screaming during your vows, to your grandma getting jiggy-wit-it on the dance floor. As much as we'd all like, sometimes it's impossible to find the time to talk with each person at your wedding. And there are moments that you will miss, like your parents' reactions when you go in for the kiss at your wedding ceremony. I'm there to capture those people who are so important to you, and those moments that are key to telling the full story of your day.
"Working with Bailey was a pleasure! My wedding day would not have been the day it was without her. She found a way to be a calm voice during my very hectic morning/afternoon wedding and took initiative to make sure all the shots I had requested were completed. My own mother won't stop talking about how positive and polite she was towards all of my guests as well. My pictures came out beautifully and I have no regrets booking such an amazing talent."
- Niksha & Corey, Totowa, NJ
"AMAZING work! My fiance and I just had our engagement shoot with Bailey and she made us feel totally at ease. We're not ones to take pictures very often and not only did Bailey make us feel comfortable in front of the camera, she had us laughing and having a blast while doing it! We got our photos back and they are GORGEOUS. We are so excited to have her as our wedding photographer as well and can't wait for the beautiful photos we're going to have. We totally trust her vision and highly recommend her."
- Jess & Tyler, Boston, MA
"Bailey is a fantastic photographer! As someone who is a bit camera shy, it was a pleasure working with her. She knew how to make the experience fun and certainly got the most out of the shoot. Bailey's passion for photography and love for people make her a pleasure to work with. I would absolutely recommend Bailey Q Photo to anyone looking for engagement or wedding photos."
- Alex & James, Block Island, RI
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