I love featuring amazing talents from all around the world on Vows & Co. Wedding Vendors like Cynthia, who prefers to go by Cindy, are a gem of a find – and I want to share this gem with you! Cindy’s work can be described in one word: real. She captures moments in their natural, candid form. Cindy describes it the best way possible:
“I am constantly striving to capture the real. Real love. Real laughter. Real tears. I spend quite a bit of time getting to know my clients intimately, to listen to their unique stories and experiences so that the images I create for them capture that uniqueness, reflect those stories. I believe wholeheartedly that real trumps perfect every time. It’s a great privilege to be invited into people’s lives and relationships and trusted to capture their truths in a way that they can connect to and cherish.”
Her commitment to “real photography” is very apparent in her body of work. She strives to capture the real moment, the real people and the real emotion:
“I don’t photograph just bow ties and Converse, I photograph people. Real people. People I get to know and spend time with. People who often become friends. People who are deeply in love and eternally connected and who are celebrating that love in ways that are so meaningful to them. So it’s real smiles and real tears I chase. Real life and real love. Because real never goes out of style.”
Cindy believes “real photography” is only possible with real connections. Which is why she takes the time to connect with her clients over a “cuppa” coffee:
“I believe that having a real connection with the couples with whom I work is invaluable to creating images that reflect YOUR wedding and not just A wedding! I want to get to know you, who you are as a couple and what is important to you! This only works if we “click” and connect! So I only accept a small number of weddings each year with couples I feel that connection to!”
Cindy approaches photography and her work with vigour, passion and incredible energy. Each image tells a story. Each moment has a symbolic meaning. But Cindy wasn’t always a photographer. Cindy shares why she became a photographer and how Cuppa Photography came to existence with this very personal story :
“I wish I could tell you a story about how I got my first camera at age 11 and have known since then that photography was going to be my life’s calling, but that wasn’t my path. Instead, my path bent around trees, dipped into valleys, and persevered over mountains (sometimes quite literally!). While photography was always the art form that I connected most strongly to, my journey to it was long and winding and worthwhile.”
“My path to photography was quite unconventional. After years of working as an outdoor guide and a battle with cancer, I was in my final semester of law school when I realized that love and beauty and travel and people were my calling. Knowing that our lives can change in an instant, I wanted to be a pause button, a reminder to people to take a moment, to be fully present in the beauty and love that surrounds them. I also wanted to be a mirror, a way to reflect back to them the power and strength that comes with seeing their partnerships, their relationships, their community interwoven in support and love. And so Cuppa Photography was born more than eight years ago.“
What I especially admire about Cindy from Cuppa Photography is her sense of purpose. As a cancer survior, Cindy approaches her work and life with a refreshed perspective:
“I know what it is to have your life change, to have your dreams threatened, to try to figure out a way to tell the ones you love. What it is to find power and strength in the little successes. To find humor and perspective and laughter in spite of the most trying circumstances of your life. And to be grateful for what each new day brings, no matter what it might be. It is with this experience in mind that I feel compelled to return some piece of what I’ve been given.”
Everytime you book with Cindy Cindy 2% of your Basic Brew will always go to the AvonCares Program for Medically Underserved Women. Also, Cindy supports the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. So when you join and fundraise for and with the Cuppa Dempsey Challenge team, Cindy will match your fundraising efforts with a dollar-for-dollar product credit. For example, if you join and raise $1000 for the cuppa team, Cindy will add $1000 in product credit to your wedding or portrait package.
How absolutely incredible is that? I just absolutely love Cindy’s effort and applaud her for her commitment to giving back!
Cuppa Photography is based in Maine, New England. But with a passion for travel and diversity, Cindy would be happy to part of a destination wedding: just ask her!
“I am based in the small town of Freeport, Maine, where I share a tiny little cozy home with a husband I adore and our fluffy rescue dog. Travel is an essential part of my life and I spend a good part of every year immersing myself in diverse culture, cuisine, and language, seeking to experience as deep a connection as possible to people worldwide as we share the common experience of being human. I believe that life is made ever richer and more dynamic the more diverse our experiences and our communities, and I grow more passionate with each passing year about sharing that diversity through my work.”
If you’ve reached the bottom of this post, I urge you to click play on the video linked right at the start. Cindy at Cuppa Photography is the kind of person I’d love to hang out with, chat with and work with!
To find out more about wedding photography by Cuppa Photography, take a look at her website. Here you’ll find learn more about Cindy, get to know her photo philosophy better, get answers to questions you may have, find out how Cindy gives back and keep up to date with her latest works . You can also connect with Cindy from Cuppa Photography on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.