Maureen Russell Photography is a modern wedding and portrait studio based in Mooresville, NC.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
I have been photographing weddings since 2013 and when we moved to North Carolina in 2015, I left Corporate America to fulfill my passion for photography.
What makes you passionate about weddings and portraits?
Over the last 2 years, I have been working under a professional wedding photographer to master my craft and learn as much as I could from her. I feel blessed at this opportunity because it allowed me to really understand all that goes into a wedding day. It drove home that love, connection, and the chaos of a wedding day are something I crave. It just makes me happy...
The same can be said about portraits... I love the connection and want to learn more about other people- what drives them? I want to capture that!
What is your favorite part of a wedding day?
I used to think it was that moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time- that expression- speechless, love, tears- so many emotions.
But over the last year, I find myself getting caught up in the first dance. That moment when the happy couple forgets that everyone is watching. They are talking, singing, laughing, embracing... That is when I find I've captured the most loving moments on a wedding day.
Do you work with specific locations or venues?
I work wherever my couples take me! Your day is unique to you and your style too! I've shot at the same location but tailor it to the couples' wants and needs.
If I haven't shot at a location, I join the couple there for an engagement session or bridal session, go meet with the wedding director and map out locations for images well before the big day!
What is your booking process?
Send me an email, here, to check to see if your date is available! Hopefully I'm able to capture your day and at that point I'll ask for a 25% deposit and signed contract. From there we'll set up an engagement session and go over more details.
How many hours of wedding photography coverage does the average couple book?
Most couples book for 8 hours of coverage, of course, depending on their budget. That is usually the perfect amount of time to photograph: the bride getting ready, detail shots of the rings and other personal items, the ceremony, any family shots, the wedding party shots, the grand entrance, first dance & other dances, toasts, cake-cutting and any other traditional customs.
Many times I customize packages for couples – so please let me know if you have any special requirements and I can put something together for you.
Do you have a second photographer, back up equipment and liability insurance?
Yes, yes, yes!
*If you book a package with a second photographer, yes, but I always bring an assistant that may or may not take photos.
The package price is a bit more expensive than our original budget, can we pay in installments?
Couples usually pay in 3 installments. The first installment is 25% to reserve your date and due when the contract is signed. The second 25% is due at the engagement session or 6 months before the wedding date and the remainder due 14 days before the wedding date.
It’s true, weddings are crazy expensive and in many cases it’s about finding ways to save money. But you will not get this chance again and photography is the one aspect of your wedding (aside from your marriage itself) that will last forever! Do you know when your entire family and friends will be gathered in one place again? In my opinion, photography is not one of the areas you should leave up to chance. It really is an investment for future generations to look back on and enjoy.
Are you available for other occasions, such as engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, birthdays?
Yes, depending on availability I'd love to capture these special times! Contact me for more information!
Maureen Russell is originally from Boston, MA. Her, husband John, and chocolate lab Bruin, moved to North Carolina in 2015 for a change of pace and warmer weather! They welcomed their first son, Lukas, in January 2017.
Upon moving here, Maureen decided to launch full time into photography. Since then she has been published in the Mooresville Tribune bridal edition, Lake Norman Currents magazine and a recent wedding she photographed for her mentor was chosen for Bustld - a local wedding blog.