Five years ago, I stumbled upon dozens of boxes of photographs, hidden away for a lifetime in my grandmother's house. They were overflowing with photographs of days past; the day my grandmother and grandfather got married, the day my father came home from the hospital, my own parents' childhood, and many of my own childhood memories that I had only ever recalled. They were photos of everyday life, preserved in perfect, individual prints. Real, tangible things that I could hold in my hand. Finding those images, those preserved memories that I didn't even know existed, really changed my perspective about what it is I really do. This change in thinking really helped evolve my photographic style into what it is today. My intention is not only to take beautiful photographs, but to leave you feeling exactly the way you did in that moment that I captured.
There’s something to be said about having the ability to preserve a moment for somebody forever. When it comes to wedding photography, I consider what I do to be magic. I love observing how people interact with each other. Everyone you love in the same place celebrating your commitment to one another. I love documenting special days. I love documenting stolen glances and hidden tears and subtle smiles and uninhibited emotion. I love capturing that look he gives you when you aren’t paying attention. I love seeing that moment when you're walking down the aisle and you sneak a quick peek at your dad. I live for those moments that happen when nobody else is watching.
Perfectly posed photographs aren't my style. I like to embrace the funny and the weird and the messy and the awkward and the wonderful. I like to document real life in a way that tells a story. Robert Frank once said “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.” That's what I want my photography to do for you. I want you to look back at your wedding photographs and remember how the day unfolded, moment by moment. I want you to feel like you're standing there in your dress and smiling from ear to ear and feeling those butterflies in your stomach all over again. I want your wedding photographs to let you relive every unabashed moment of your wedding day.
If I had to choose one food to eat forever, it would be cheeseburgers.
I'm a huge horse lover and have ridden since I was a little girl! I barrel race competitively!
The Office never gets old. #bearsbeetsbattlestargalactica
Bulletproof coffee is what keeps me alive.
I'm fluent in emoji, and I speak enough Spanish to get by.
I got my start in photography in high school, when I took a black and white film class! I fell in love with the art!
I'm a registered nurse in the emergency department and I'm working on a second degree in Psychology. I'm fascinated by the human body and the mind!
I'm that kind of dog mom. #hootiepants
Before I became a photographer, I sold t-shirts and CD's for punk rock bands, worked at a grocery store, waited tables at the Hard Rock Cafe and mucked stalls at a horse farm. I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades.
I'm a Florida native! Tampa will always be home to me!
I'm a pretty decent cook. My favorite dish to make? Enchiladas!
I am available to photograph weddings in Tampa, Dade City, and all of central Florida! I'm a sucker for a beautiful southern wedding! A few of my favorite wedding venues in our area include The Orange Blossom Barn, Covington Farm, and Waller Ranch!
Wedding photography collections for 2017 and 2018 begin at $1500.
Follow me (instagram.com/chelseysomo) to see what my life on the other side of the lens looks like.