When it comes to weddings in the Berkshires, there is no one else who gets as excited as I do about "talking shop" as Tricia McCormack! She understands the trends, knows the venues and is connected to just about everyone in the County, through either her photography business or her fitness business! Tricia and I have worked together on numerous occasions, whether it has been a styled shoot, a networking event (like the Lenox Wedding Tour) or our upcoming shared space! I've really enjoyed getting to know her and had fun reading her responses to my interview questions.
Tara: Tell me how you first got involved with your business.
Tricia: My first steps toward my photography business started when I began taking classes in Cambridge MA when I lived nearby. I was a second shooter for a wedding in 2003 and was hooked from the experience. I began working weekends at a small photography shop outside of Boston. Even though I had a corporate job during the week I wanted to immerse myself in everything photography. I sought out classes and mentors and traveled to wherever I could find a learning experience. Based on what I learned I started taking family portraits when I moved back to the Berkshires. I continued my photography education and offered up my services to other more experienced photographers wherever I could. I was grateful for the experience and was very driven at learning what it took to be a good photographer. Interest in my photography was growing and I was taking wedding clients, family photography clients while juggling the demands of being a new mom and a full time employer for Monster.com. It was a crazy time in my life for sure. In 2011, I got the courage to become a full time photographer. It's been full steam ahead every since. I now shoot about 20 weddings per year and over a hundred portraits. With hard work and perseverance I am living my dream come true!
Tara: What is the most surprising thing you've had happen to you on the job?
Tricia: I often joke that I feel like I could write a book about interesting and surprising things that happen to me on the job. I have yet been to a wedding where something didn't go unexpected or unplanned. It is going to happen so every bride and groom has to just go with the flow and hopefully they have professionals around them that are prepared for the unexpected and know how to go with the flow too.
Tara: What is the last book you read?
Tricia: I just read the book "Thrive" by Arianna Huffington. I am a "self improvement" book junkie. I read her book cover to cover in a day and loved it.
Tara: What is the best advice you've ever received?
Tricia: I have never forgotten the idea, that every single person wants to feel validated. They want to be listened to and shown that what they have to offer means something to others. When my children talk, I try to remember to get down to their level and make sure they know that I've heard what they say. When my family and friends share something with me, I try to remember it so I can ask them about it again. When my clients tell me what's meaningful about the MOST IMPORTANT day of their life, I make sure I listen because then Ill be ready to reflect those moments and details back to them in their wedding images.
Tara: Which music genre do you prefer?
Tricia: I like dance and hip hop music but find it mind blowing that I like to listen to only country music when I'm editing pictures. I never liked country music until recently. Now the "Lady Antebellum" station is always playing on Pandora when I am editing. I think the sappy music enhances the images!
Tara: Your idea of adventure is:
Tricia: If I could pick the perfect adventure it would be taking a bike tour around Italy. I have traveled all around Europe but have not been to Italy. I would love to see the country side by bike and make stops along the way to take in the landscape and history.
Tara: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you?
Tricia: My husband and our 2 boys. It probably sounds cheesy, but I really mean it.
Tara: Tell me something that most people don't know about you?
Tricia: Some people may not know that I own two businesses. In addition to Tricia McCormack Photography, I run a boutique fitness business called TK-Fit. I teach fitness 3x a week year round as well as 6-week BootCamp programs in the Winter and again in the summer. I'm equally passionate about both and fitness helps me be a better photographer in so many ways!
Tara: What is one thing you'll do this year to step outside of your comfort zone?
Tricia: I live outside of my comfort zone all the time! In fact, "getting uncomfortable" is the advice I give often. This year Tricia McCormack Photography will be getting an office space in downtown Lenox and this is a little scary because it's an investment but I'm really confident it's a great decision so I can meet with clients in a beautiful space in a wonderful, convenient location.