With a Strategic Communication degree, Stephen Norregaard '15 found the perfect way to align studies with his passion. He now has a booming career as a wedding and commercial photographer. Read his Q&A and then check out the Stephen Norregaard Photography Facebook page!
Q: How did you end up choosing to pursue photography as a career?
A: I knew for a long time that I wanted to do something creative and something that involved media and communications. I was studying and working a lot in graphic design and doing photography on the side and it started growing into somthing that my passions really alligned with. With a CAS degree you can take a creative art form that you are passionate about and use it in a more focused, career-oriented way to turn it into a business and not just a hobby.
Q: How have internship or classroom experiences impacted your work?
A: I had an internship in the Communications & Marketing department as a graphic designer and photographer. Through that internship I learned so much about the intersection between visual design, photography and branding. I also loved the Advertising & Public Relations class. I learned a lot about how organizations use social media in ways that can make or break a business, and how you can have a direct line of communication to your audience. As a photographer, social media is everything in how I share and promote my work. I have an immediate connection with my followers. It makes it very personal.
Q: What have been some highlights of your experience as a photographer?
A: I went to Iceland for two weeks in May collaborating with an outdoor footwear company to create marketing imagery. We did a ton of photography hiking under waterfalls and jumping across streams and running through the Icelandic countryside. Shooting weddings is always a highlight. I get to celebrate with the couple on such a joy filled day. Honestly I think every shoot that I do is a highlight in its own sense because every single one is so different. You work with different types of people and you're never recreating the same job.