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Meet Aundrea Marschoun of Undressed Moments

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aundrea Marschoun.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aundrea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began doing photography in High School after taking a film class my Sophomore year. It just seemed to fit naturally for me and people really seemed to like my work. Then I got pregnant that year and my daughter was born the summer before my Junior year. Having a new baby while being difficult at that age was also my new found inspiration. As the years passed and my family grew, I was constantly taking pictures of our life together and eventually friends and family started asking me to take theirs as well.

It wasn’t until at 30, newly divorced and on my own with four kids that I decided to go back to school. Undressed Moments was created as a school project initially. I wanted to explore the relationship between women and their bodies using photography as a medium. About ten women participated in the project ranging in ages 20-63, with different body types and cultural backgrounds. I set out to photograph women before and after they took off their clothing. The pictures were for the project only and were given to the participants after. What I discovered was that all but one participant was extremely nervous to get undressed, they felt vulnerable and felt the need to explain their bodies before undressing. However, after they had undressed each participant almost immediately relaxed and became more comfortable, each woman reported feeling empowered and strong during the process. This started me down the path of wanting to photograph people as they were, not necessarily nude but honestly. My aim as a photographer is to empower people to be themselves, to feel whatever it is that they are feeling and know that it is ok and a part of what makes them unique and beautiful.

Today I use this philosophy as a wedding photographer, traveling around the United States and Austria (where my hubby is from ). When I am a part of a special event, I want to tell a story is a beautiful authentic way and I also want the people I spend time with to feel supported and cared for. Each person that has come before my camera has touched me in some way, I feel honored to have met so many wonderful humans and shared a small piece of their lives with them!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has most definitely not been a smooth road, both personally and professionally. Like a lot of creatives, I had zero business experience and was not necessarily business-minded either. I had a really difficult time learning to charge people for my services in the beginning, I felt like I was receiving as much as they were and I hated taking money for the time I spent with people. However in the beginning years, I was also a single mom trying to survive, the learning curve was steep.

In the beginning, I also went from photographing however I wanted and felt to trying to mimic the popular style. I thought this was what I had to do to make it as a professional, it was a really confusing and unsatisfying period of my growth as a photographer. Eventually, I decided to completely start over and let my work reflect what I was truly capable of, needless to say, It was much more successful and satisfying!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I think the main thing that I feel proud of in my work is that I really care about the people I work with and across the board, our most often heard compliment is that we made people feel comfortable and cared for. We are known for making emotional images with a journalistic/storytelling perspective as well as our intimate couple of portraits. Intimate couple portraits can range from just very connective or to nudity, though our images are carefully arranged not to show anything that would need to be censored, it’s about vulnerability and connection, never sensuality or sexuality.

What were you like growing up?
I was a giant weirdo! I had way way way too many emotions and I loved everyone way too much, which might sound cute but it was most assuredly annoying! Like most of us with an extra helping of emotions, I learned to temper them by the time I got through Middle School.

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