Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Natasha Garbe, owner of Honeysuckle Creek Photography, was featured this spring in Styled Shoot Magazine.
Garbe participated with other photographers in a styled shoot at Mount Ida Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia featuring real couples, which was a dream come true for the photographer.
“Last year, I was going through a business course and some of the photographers decided to get together for a styled shoot. The wonderful women who took it on did a fantastic job,” said Garbe. “I came away with images that I treasure! I submitted to a magazine for publication and was delighted when selected to be featured.”
The shoot took place in December last year and brought together 100 photographers. Featuring real couples and weddings made the moments that were captured that day all the more special.
“That allowed me to be more ‘me.’ As wonderful as a beautiful portrait is for the wall, and yes — those are absolutely necessary — my heart is drawn to the moments ‘in between,'” Garbe said. “The ‘in between’ moments are when you forget about the camera and get wrapped up in each other. It’s when the heart shines through and you can feel the love. That image will tell generations to come more about the love between them, because they will be able to feel it too. I want to leave a legacy of authenticity and beauty in my work and for my clients.”
Garbe photographs 10-20 weddings a year and does family photos as well. During Safer at Home restrictions, she postponed sessions and connected with clients in virtual ways.
“This has been a challenging time. I’ve tried to support my clients in every way I can — posting tips for beautiful photos at home, sending instructional videos for taking newborn photos to clients with new babies, and editing photos where I can to help,” said Garbe. “I’ve even been able to set up a camera and teach some basic photo taking skills. I have enjoyed being able to interact with my clients in a new way and can’t wait until I’m actively back taking sessions on a regular basis.”
While moving toward porch and outdoor sessions, Garbe is confronting various challenges related to safety during the pandemic that require some creativity to work around.
“My client’s safety is first priority to me, so I want to make sure that is certain when I work with them. One of my pillars of this business is the client experience. I want people to enjoy doing their photos so they have not only beautiful images, but wonderful memories with it too,” she said. “Having photos done should be a fun experience — not something to be dreaded.”
Connect with Garbe at honeysucklecreekphoto.com.