The art world is filled with examples of offspring going into their parent’s profession and succeeding. Whether it’s the gene pool that does it or the obvious training one gets from their parents at such a young age, the examples are numerous: from Michael Douglas to Miley Cyrus and from Jamie Lee Curtis to Judy Garland. Here at Elite Digital Images we have our own example: Carrie Roberts. Carrie is Martin Tremarco’s daughter and as she tells us, “when I was a kid my father bought me a camera for my birthday and I was always taking pictures.” What began as a childhood hobby grew. Carrie “spent more time at MotoPhoto then the employees” before finally assisting her father on a wedding and discovering her true passion.
What’s commendable about Carrie, and what makes her such an accomplished photographer, is that she didn’t stop learning at her father’s knee. She has taken classes and seminars with some of the world’s greatest photographers. Plus, she studies her craft. “I am constantly looking through bridal magazines, watching wedding shows on TV and of course Pintrest,” she says. “I love to get fresh ideas and turn them into something even better,” adding, “I find that my brides give me some of the best ideas too.”
When she’s not shooting a wedding or selling our photography and videography services to perspective brides and grooms-to-be, Carrie dedicates her time to her family. ”I am a proud mother of four kids and married to the love of my life so when I’m not working 99.9% of my time is dedicated to them.” Her kids are involved in dance class, boy scouts and sports. “I love family outings to the boardwalk or amusement parks” she tells us. Plus she’s a huge sports fan, “specifically college football (Go Michigan), Yankees and The New York Jets.”
Oddly enough, her home life helps her professional life. As she explains: “I thrive on chaos (with the whole 4 kids thing who wouldn’t) so big bridal parties are my specialty.” Carrie loves working with outgoing couples who are “willing to do pretty much whatever needs to be done to get an awesome picture.” And getting closer to her clients before the wedding often helps to set that tone: “my main objective before the wedding is to become more than just their photographer… I become their friend. It makes the wedding day so great to have that friendly synergy with my couples.”
And at the end of a long day, what makes Carrie so happy that she’s chosen this profession? “My favorite part of my job is to see the expression on a brides face when they see their photos or when I receive a rave review about how I captured their wedding in way they never could have imagined.”
We ended our interview with Carrie by asking her an admittedly tough question: Do you have a favorite picture you’ve taken? For any artist this has to be a hard question, choosing between all the great images they’ve captured through the years. But none of us were surprised when Carrie gave us her answer. It’s a shot she’s incredibly proud of and has used on the cover of her sample album. We’ll let her explain: “One of my favorite pictures is of a bride sitting on bar with the groomsmen all pretending to be passed out all around her. When the picture was taken there were a bunch of us laughing so hard trying to set the shot up, me lifting the bride onto the bar, bridesmaids falling over each other laughing behind me. Again, I thrive on chaos and I remember how chaotic the set-up was but the final product really captures the sense of humor my couple had, the bridal party had and my sense of humor. My whole objective for a wedding day is to make sure I take the most amazing pictures and that everyone has a great time while I am doing it!”
Knowing Carrie as we do, that last sentence perfectly sums up her perspective and personality.