We are so excited to introduce April Christensen, owner and photographer at April Marie Photography. As a self- taught photographer and a born creative, April began photographing seriously in 2009. She tremendously values art as a part of her craft, which is a huge component that sets her apart from other lifestyle photographers. We could not help but notice and share such a huge talent! What inspired you to be a photographer?
I’d love to give you this amazing story about how I was inspired by one of the great names in photography, but it started out as nothing other than an idea. Back in 2009, I went to school for graphic design. I quickly learned, after having taken a few pictures with a friend’s camera, that I didn’t really have much of a passion for graphic design anymore. My heart belonged to photography!
After practicing a lot by taking shots of my sister and various friends, my husband bought me my own camera. I started a business called Esprit Photography – Esprit is French for “spirit” and at the time I thought it was classy. A little over a year ago, I realized how tacky it actually sounded, so I changed it to April Marie Photography – and here I am today!
What is your favorite part of your daily work?
Haha, this is going to sound so ridiculous to people, but here goes! I really love having an excuse to dress up and put makeup on, whatever the occasion may be – whether it’s meeting a client to discuss wedding plans, or going out and taking pictures.
I’m a very social person, so interacting with people on a daily basis is important to me. Not only does my job ensure that I get to meet new people, but it’s also a great way to really hone and develop my creativity. I love it!
When you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
This is probably the easiest question to answer. The most rewarding time I spend during the day is playing with my three-month-old daughter, Marlowe. She doesn’t do much, other than smile at me, but it’s so adorable!
Do you have any advice for other working moms?
Well, I’ve only been a mom for about three months, so I don’t have a lot of advice that comes with experience. However, I can say with certainty that being a relaxed mommy has its benefits. When I leave my daughter with my husband or a babysitter, I don’t like to worry. I can see how easy it would be to worry about whether or not Marlowe’s okay, but what good would that do? I know that if there was an emergency, I’m only a phone call away.
If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would it be?
Oh, this is a toughie. Hmmm. I’d have to say that it would be my honor to photograph Andria Lindquist, who is also a photographer. Her style is absolutely breathtaking. She inspires me more than anyone else.
What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?
A friend of mine posted a video on Facebook a few months ago. It’s called “Paperman,” a Disney Short Film. When I watched this film, a feeling overtook me. I can’t really describe it, other than to say that my heart started beating really fast and I immediately wanted to go out and take some pictures. Almost like creativity was running through my veins, fighting to get out. I started thinking about how to tell more of a story with each couple that I took pictures of. In the end, I think it helped me improve my skills even further.
What is your most memorable photo session?
I love shooting dancers. They are so beautiful and graceful; the perfect models. I usually get to shoot one per year (If I had my way, I’d shoot them every day!) and this year I shot Sarah. She was so confident in front of the camera, so I barely had to instruct her.
I’ve been to over 6 countries, and my favorite was definitely the Grand Cayman Islands. The beaches were beautiful and the water was so blue!
Where in the world are you dying to go next?
My husband and I would love to go to England. It depends on a lot of things, but if we end up going next year like we plan, we will travel by train across Europe with my family. I would particularly like to go to Scotland. My family is Scottish, and my great- great-great Grandfather, John McRae, once owned a castle called the Eileen Donan. That castle is actually one of the most photographed castles in all of Scotland! I’m dying to go see it; it’s a part of my family’s heritage!
What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?
I absolutely love my Timi & Leslie diaper bag. The reason I bought it is because it doesn’t look like a typical tacky diaper bag, it looks like a cute over-the-shoulder purse. I know that I’ll keep using it, even after the kids have grown out of their diapers!
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?
As a photographer, I think it’s important to get in front of the lens on occasion. I like to put myself in my clients’ shoes by modeling, and often times I’m completely inspired by the other photographer(s).
Sarah Onken, a photographer here in Fayetteville, will be taking our family pictures next Saturday. I can’t explain how excited I am! I’m going all-out for this stylized shoot. I’ve thought out everything and I can’t wait to reveal our pictures on my blog!
NOW JUST FOR FUN:
Favorite Food – Sushi. No hesitation there.
Favorite TV Show – This, among many things, changes with my mood. At the time, my favorite comedy is New Girl, and my favorite drama/suspense is Revenge.
Favorite Movie – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I had no idea what Harry Potter was when I first saw it over 12 years ago. I can only say that I wasn’t expecting to be hooked within the first two minutes!
Favorite Weekend Activity – I really enjoy having lunch with my family at one of our favorite local Cafés. Then bowling and/or mini golf afterwards. (Autumn is my favorite time of the year, so I love anything outdoors when the weather is in the 50s or low 60s!)
Favorite Musician/Band – This, too, changes with my mood. For the time being, I often listen to Alex Clare, Florence + The Machine, and Jamie Cullum.