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Finding her focus

Take a snapshot of Marcia Stanton’s life and show it to her 10 years ago and she wouldn’t believe it.

Working toward her associate arts degree at Central Lakes College and opening up her own photography business, it’s hard to believe the 19-year-old at one point in time was not a fan of taking pictures.

“To be honest I used to hate photography,” said Stanton, who opened and started her business venture Blackened Light Photography six months ago. “I never really had an interest in doing it and I really didn’t think that it would turn in to what it has for me.”

Moving with her family from Minnetonka, a suburb of Minneapolis, to Brainerd eight years ago, Stanton said her passion for photography began to expand with nature in the Brainerd area.

“About two years ago I started taking a lot of nature portraits,” said Stanton. “That’s when I really started getting into photography and seeing how much I can do with it.”

Going from a disposable camera as a young girl, to a digital camera to begin exploring photography, Stanton decided it was time for an upgrade, buying a Cannon LSR and exploring the idea of turning her passion in to a career.

Now boasting portrait photography company in Blackened Light Photography, Stanton goes on location for special events. And capturing that raw emotion through photos is what she loves most.

“To be able to get that perfect shot during a wedding or with newborns is really something special,” she said. “Of course it can take thousands of shots to get, but when you do, it makes me realize why I enjoy doing this as much as I do.”

Stanton said her goal for each session with her customers is for them to feel comfortable and provide a service at a reasonable cost.

“I remember talking with my friends about the cost of our (high school) graduation photos and I decided I don’t want people spending hundreds of dollars on posed shots,” said Stanton, who started out shooting family and friend’s events before offering her skills to others. “I start with $45 for an hour session and after the shoot I give my customers a picture CD of both edited and non-edited images for them to look at.”

So even though Stanton didn’t imagine beginning a career in photography, can she vision doing it years down the road?

“Absolutely,” she said with a smile. “I love doing this. I want to earn my degree, hopefully get in to Minnesota College of Art and Design, and begin a career in freelance photography.”

A picture perfect career.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).