Behind the lens - Meet your Photographer
Welcome! My name is Sarah Chou and I am the owner of Marie Photography! I am more than thrilled you have taken the first step and are visiting my website! Although I have a degree in sleep medicine, once I picked up my first Canon 20D camera, I never could put it down!
As a little girl I was always very creative! Growing up on a farm in the Midwest, there was always work to be done. In between feeding chickens and planting corn, I was busy building Indian bead bracelets and working on my pottery wheel!
Shortly after high school, I became interested in modeling and pageants. This is where I met George, my great friend and photography mentor. I kept hopping on the other side of his camera to look at the shots and wondering how I could make them better or more unique! He then sent me home with a now retired Canon 20D! I started taking pictures of everything I did. I even took photos of every meal I ate! Anything and everything was another opportunity to get another photo. Shortly after, I decided this was it! This was my passion, my career, and my journey in life.
In 2012, I opened Marie Photography! My studio has gone from a tiny area, to a huge fully equipped studio! What I love most about photography, is the ability to "go to work" every day and be challenged with something different. They say if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. My love for photography pours out in every image that I take and this is just the beginning of my journey!
I have gone through extensive training with some of the top newborn photographers, and have been featured as a top 10 photographer in the KC area by several local publishers,
I would describe my style as light and classic, but I also love being creative and customizing each session to my client's preferences!
Behind the scenes - Meet the Studio Manager
Hi! My name is Nathalie Cabansag and I work behind the scenes to ensure that your session runs smoothly!
When you send an email or facebook message to Marie Photographer, it's usually me that will be responding! I help manage the calendar, list new mini sessions, organize props and pull out anything needed for your session prior to your arrival. This allows Sarah to focus on the most important part of being a photographer - capturing the memories!
Sometimes I will also be more hands-on while you are here. I have studied for months under Sarah to be able to assist her during newborn sessions. Having an extra pair of hands during the session ensures that your baby is always safe, we are able to achieve more difficult poses, and the session moves along quickly so that Sarah is able to get the best shots possible!
I have been a nanny for 3 different families over the past 12 years, and I have a daughter of my own, so I know a thing or two about making kids smile!
Sarah and I have been friends for 10 years, and we have been through a lot of life's joys and challenges together, and this is why we are such a dynamic duo!
But don't take just our word for it, you can read some of the sweetest reviews about Marie Photography on the facebook page as well as yelp!