I grew as a photographer the year I captured over 10,000 smiling portraits in Asia. This project began with a little inspiration from a Chinese street sweeper and encouragement from my husband. I love smiles and wanted to shed light on joy in the world. I love the intricate details: curves, textures, colors, light; all in one person's face. We were designed to smile. I have heard it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of a skill and I wanted to become a master of photography. I came away from the project a stronger, more disciplined, and better photographer. I took stranger's pictures in all types of lighting environments and situations. I'm fearless when it comes to working a crowd. I find the unique in the ordinary, visualize images before the moment, and expertly capture beautiful smiles.
I live with my husband Denny and 100 lb. German Shepherd, Arnold. I love good coffee, paleo food, and Crossfit.
Please connect with me via my contact form on my website: http://www.aprilmaura.com
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Josh · Married on 07/16/2017
April was very personable and willing to work with our comfort levels to bring out the best in us! Beautiful final photographs!Sent on 11/02/2016
Rebecca · Married on 05/20/2017
What makes April unique is her ability to bring out genuine smiles in the people she photographs. I loved my time with April during our photo shoot. She made me feel relaxed and comfortable.Sent on 07/18/2017
Catalina · Married on 04/29/2017
April is truly passionate about photography, and this shows with her commitment capturing every moment on your wedding day, being incredibly open and communicative about the process, and being timely and professional at all times. The quality of her work ethic shows in her photos. She was a breeze to work with, and her beautiful photos speak for themselves. People are still talking about my wedding photos! I would use her again and again and will continue to recommend her!Sent on 07/10/2017
We have worked with April on several shoots. She is professional and wonderful to work with but best of all her work is amazing!
April is one of the kindest people you'll ever meet! She radiates authenticity. Her confident demeanor translates into her photography work, creating a comfortable and safe environment for her clients. She does a great job styling and planning images, and she has a bright and cheery aesthetic. Her work is timeless and classic and she does an amazing job representing each individual client.
April is Amazing! She has the knowledge, talent, and skill to capture a magazine worthy moment!