I'm thrilled to introduce you to Reagan Dickson, a local Maryland photographer and owner of Ash Grove Images. Her passion for life and laughter helps bring comfort, ease, and joy to her photography sessions that will give families memories that last for years. From maternity to newborn to family photos, she has a keen eye and a talent for capturing candid moments of sincere love and warmth.
How did you get into photography?
My interest started in High School, where I learned the basics of aperture and shutter speeds. I loved working in the dark room and shooting on film (photography has come a LONG way)!
After High School I became a “hobbyist” of sorts. A few years ago, a friend of mine needed her family pictures done ASAP and didn’t know anyone who could take them. I was new to the area and offered to do it for fun. And it was FUN! I loved it, and started my small business to be able to do something I love as my job.
What types of pictures do you take?
I mostly do families, seniors, engagements and newborns/kids. I have some experience with maternity and birth photography as well. Families are my very favorite.
What area do you serve?
I work out of Eldersburg, but I have done shoots at locations within an hour of my home, including Bowie/Crofton, Columbia, Ellicott City and Washington D.C.
What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
I love being with people and I love capturing emotions on camera. I love seeing a Mom snuggling her newborn baby, or two siblings laughing at each other, or an engaged couple nuzzle noses. It is a joy to be able to capture those moments for families to cherish forever. Memories are so fleeting, kids grow so quickly, and life absolutely passes us by at a rapid pace. The moments I create can last lifetimes! That’s pretty special to me.
What’s the most challenging aspect?
Do you have any future goals for your photography business? If so, what are they?
I set goals for myself to increase in education and experience of my work. I don’t necessarily plan to rapidly expand my business out as much as I plan to deepen and enrich the business I already have. I want to be the best, and that will simply take education and practice.
What’s your best tip for people who are planning their photography session with you?
Relax! The best shots are ones you didn’t plan for, the candid ones I grab when you aren’t looking. Come and have fun with me for an hour and you’ll love the results!
How have you seen your work directly benefit your clients?
For me there is no greater honor then seeing a picture I took as a canvas on someone’s wall in their home. That is their family and their memories, and it is an absolute pleasure to be involved in the process.
How does your work benefit you and your family?
My business has helped me learn how to balance my work and my family. I am not as available to my family as I used to be, but the time I spend with them is quality. Being with clients and seeing their special moments in life helps me to remember to live in the moment in my own life. My business has been a great blessing to me.
Birth Boot Camp Certified Doula (BBCD)