Your Preferred Name: Molly
Your Business Name: m three studio
Your Website: www.mthreestudio.com
Where are you based out of? Milwaukee, WI
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full Time
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? 5D Mark II. I know there are newer ones, but I just love my Mark II.
How would you define your style?
Cinematic, personal and artful. I’m a storyteller primarily, with a Master’s in filmmaking. When I’m shooting I’m usually anticipating how each photograph works together with the others to tell a story. I say that I want each photo in a collection to be a piece of art on it’s own – but to truly feel complete only when presented with the rest of the collection.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
It was a bit of an accident. I was a former filmmaker who had returned “home” from L.A. and missed shooting. So I picked up a still camera and started making photographs. Some friends asked me to shoot their engagement pictures and within a year I was shooting weddings. The opportunity to discover a new story with each couple, to walk in step with a family, to record for generations the memories…it’s intoxicating.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
Emotion. I want my client’s photographs to look like the way that moment felt, not necessarily the way it looked. The challenge of depicting that is the fun part.
How do you accomplish that?
I’m not sure it’s explainable. The camera is an extension of myself when I’m inside the rollercoaster of a wedding day. The interpretations and decisions one makes thru shutter speed, aperture, angle, etc. – they happen subconsciously for me. I’m drawn to light, composition and creating a scene where there isn’t one. All of my best work comes from times when I let myself take that ride and didn’t overthink it.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
I have a fine art and filmmaking background, so most of my influences are non-photographic. I’ve always been an ardent fan of Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Alberto Giacometti and William Kentridge.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
I was pretty giddy when I realized I had been named to Martha Stewart Weddings’ Top 69 Wedding Photographers List. I’m still trying to live up to that honor with each wedding.
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
That you have to love the business side of things as much as, or even more so than the creative side. It was an unexpected development for me when I started this business. I adore shooting, but it’s only 20% of what I do. Enjoying and relishing in the other 80% has made all the difference in any success we’ve had.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use & have helped your business?
The engraved wooden USB drives are our jam. We package them with a collection of prints in a sweet little box for our clients when delivering files. They love it, and are so touched by the custom engraving for them!