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Rising Stars: Meet Debbie Maciolek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Maciolek. 

Hi Debbie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
From around eleven years old, I’ve always had a camera in my hands. I was the person who always wanted to document family events, sports, friends, and nature, and I found that most people have a story to tell whether they realize it or not. In 2015 I had some friends ask me to take portraits of their children, and it made me realize how much I missed photography in my day-to-day life. This was the beginning of Debography. Senior photography is my main brand, but I have branched out to event, sports, and family photography. My favorite has always been sports photography with the raw emotions and action involved, I love capturing the moments. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s always a challenge starting a new career – in Michigan, with the short outdoor shooting season (essentially June to early November), it was a bit harder just focusing on senior photography in a saturated market. I’ve been blessed with some friends in the field that have helped me on my journey and mentored me on different aspects of the business. Social media is a great tool for referrals; it allows clients to see exactly the type of photography I do. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think I’m known for being able to connect to my clients and make the process painless. I’ve heard from multiple parents how their kids were nervous about senior pictures, not knowing how to pose or what to do, and at the end of the experience, they are laughing and having fun. I love making that connection and creating not only photographic memories for them but building them up and creating a great experience that they will carry forward. 

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up.
If I had to pick a favorite childhood memory, it would be camping! My family was fortunate enough to travel all over the state of Michigan and camp extensively in the summers while I was growing up. I’ve hiked in forests, swam in lakes, biked trails, and learned the art of making a campfire. I love Michigan, there is nothing quite like it in the summer, and the fall is amazing. I think camping is what sparked my interest in travel; I just can’t get enough of it! 

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