FEATURED MEMBER--CHELSEA PROULX PHOTOGRAPHY

Growing up the daughter of a photographer, it probably comes as no surprise that I really have a soft-spot for great photography...especially when it comes to weddings.  So when Chelsea Proulx moved to the Berkshires not long ago, I was really excited to add her to the Collective!  

One of the traditions we have at the Berkshire Wedding Collective is having our new members fill out our fun interview questionnaires, and I always love reading what they've said.  It's fun to catch a glimpse into the private lives of our wedding vendors, and this interview with Chelsea proves that we're continuing to add fun people to our group!  Read on to learn a little more about the face behind Chelsea Proulx Photography.

Tara: Tell me how you first got involved with your business.

Chelsea: Back when I was getting my Masters of Architecture in Boston, I started photographing kids and newly engaged friends. From that point on, I knew I needed to find a way to document more life stories.

Tara: What is the most surprising thing you’ve had happen to you on the job?

Chelsea: This is a question I get often from other wedding professionals and potential clients, but I can’t say I have any good stories to tell. Someday something super crazy and exciting will happen when I’m on the job, but until then…

Tara: What is your ideal Friday night?

Chelsea: I love those Friday nights when you get to your destination for the weekend, check into your inn or hotel, and relax for the rest of the night talking about the weekends’ plans. But on the average, we are a stay at home and watch a movie kind of couple and I’m 110% okay with that!

Tara: What is something you like to do during your free time?

Chelsea: I like to browse Instagram for inspiring images and locations, plan our next big trip, find some zen in one of my coloring books, go for hikes with the puppy or aimlessly window shop for things I don’t need.

Tara: When you travel, what do you like to do (adventure, relaxation, food, etc.)?

Chelsea: My husband and I often travel with camping and hiking in mind. For a two-week trip to Canada we packed all our camping gear into two check-in bags and toured around the national parks of the Canadian Rockies hiking miles and miles a day always on the lookout for grizzlies and other wildlife. More recently we traveled to Croatia and Montenegro, and while it’s just as mentally and visually stimulating, it’s not the same as climbing a steep alpine ridge to the best views you have ever seen!

Tara: What is the last book you read?

Chelsea: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Tara: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Chelsea: This is pretty unoriginal, and mainly because I can’t think of a single amazing piece of advice I’ve received in my life. “Be yourself” is a constant that rings true with decisions I’ve made throughout my life that have led to where I am. I think it’s really important to be genuine with yourself in personal and business decisions and surround yourself with people who allow you to be you.

Tara: Which movie genre do you prefer?

Chelsea: Anything that is based, even loosely, on reality, whether it’s deep into world history, a documentary about climbers, a mystery about someone’s disappearance or an inspiring sports story.

Tara: What is the last movie you saw in the theaters?

Chelsea: It’s been so long, I really can’t remember!

Tara: Which music genre do you prefer?

Chelsea: Country and indie folk are my go to for a calming car ride, but I’ve been known to dance around to popular music and doo-wop classics.

Tara: Your idea of adventure is...

Chelsea: Trying something new, seeing a new place, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

Tara: How do you like your steak cooked?

Chelsea: Medium well, just a bit of pink, still juicy.

Tara: What are three life memories you recall most frequently and why?

Chelsea: 1. I am big into memories, so I was constantly asking to pull down my parents’ photo albums and look through them. It’s no wonder I have so many albums and framed images myself!

2. I remember camping and canoeing trips with my family when I was little. Everyone would wiggle the canoe and make me feel like we were going to tip over; I really didn’t like that!

3. I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday, and partially that’s because people are still talking about it five years later. We had so many different weather phenomenon that day, including tornado warnings, big black clouds behind our ceremony, 45 mile per hour winds, torrential pours after we said “I Do,” a double rainbow, and the most beautiful orange sunset I’ve ever seen to date. How can we not keep reliving that memory?

Tara: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you?

Chelsea: My husband for company, a water filtration system because I drink more water daily than most could imagine, and sunglasses because I cannot stand squinting!

Tara: Tell me something that most people don’t know about you.

Chelsea: I’m my harshest critic and only close friends and family know that. I judge myself where I’d never judge others, but by doing so I’ve been able to push the boundaries of what I can achieve on my own.

Tara: What is one thing you'll do this year to step outside your comfort zone?

Chelsea: We just moved to the Berkshires so for the first time since college, I am forced to make a space for myself in a new location, make new friends and start a different life than what I had in Boston.