YADKINVILLE — For one local photographer, a personal hobby has now become a career path. Brooke Moxley of Hamptonville said she has always loved photography. She has a photo of herself at age 4 that illustrates just how long photography has been her passion.
Moxley described the photo saying, “I’m holding my camera in front of myself, just smiling big time. I carried it around all the time. Even through high school, looking back, I wish I had figured it out sooner that this is what I was supposed to do.”
The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting today for Moxley’s new studio, located at 120 S. State St. in Yadkinville. She will host a grand opening on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. with give-aways and refreshments.
“Just come in, check everything out and have fun,” she said.
Moxley had a small studio in Harmony for two years but as her business continued to grow, she discovered it was time for a change.
“I loved it there, but I was just growing as a business and needed a bigger space,” she said.
Moxley said the new studio “ended up being perfect and it just came together.” Bright pastels in pinks, greens, blues and yellows give the space a cheerful feeling. Moxley said making sure the colors and ambience of her studio was perfect for herself and her clients was very important. Moxley primarily photographs newborns and small children. She also does maternity sessions for expectant mothers and fathers. A mother of three children ages 1 to 6, Moxley’s original career goal was to be a teacher. She is thrilled that her current career path still allows her to interact with children.
Her business sprang out of her own photography of her family, which become very important both for Brooke and her husband Justin.
“I was just doing it for fun and doing it for my kids,” Moxley explained. “What started it was when my husband deployed for Iraq when I was in my third trimester with my oldest son. Every month I had my son up and was doing little photo shoots with him and sending the photos over. The ball got rolling from there.”
When a friend insisted that Moxley photograph her wedding and told her she had a year to practice, she began to take her own photography more seriously.
“About a year and half later I decided, ‘OK, this isn’t going to be a hobby, this is going to be what I’m doing,’” Moxley said.
She said that creating a custom experience for her clients is her main goal. When sessions are booked, Moxley spends a great deal of time talking, emailing and even texting with clients. She customizes the props and colors that will used in the session.
“I want to take that time with each client,” she said. “I want a relationship with them. It’s more than just me taking their photos.”
Moxley said clients often send her photo ideas from Pinterest, but again she said her goal is make each photograph a custom experience for the client.
“I don’t want you to have a photo from Pinterest that looks like somebody else’s. I want you to be able to say, ‘she did this just for me.’”
Moxley offers a variety of packages that include a digital CD of the images and printed and framed options as well. She said it is important to her for clients to go home with a beautiful image of their child they can display in their home and not just digital images that will soon be forgotten or never printed out.
“I’m trying to bring back that classic photography studio feel, but with a modern flair to it,” she said. “I want to bring some fun and flair into it with some modern bright colors, but also that classic look that you can put on your walls.”
For more information about Brooke Moxley Photography, visit www.brookemoxleyphotography.com or call 336-469-0720.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.