Associate Photographer: Whitney Norko

Chad and I are very excited to announce that we have our first associate wedding photographer! As of this fall, Whitney Norko is available for weddings on the Outer Banks through Moving Art Productions. I have been dreaming of this for quite some time, running through all of the logistics in my head, and painting the perfect picture of who I would be looking for to join our team. I had no idea how I was going to find the right person, but I knew that I wasn’t going to settle. Moving Art Productions is so close to my heart (often it IS my heart, always my passion), I was content to take my time. Well, time went a little faster than expected and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Whitney is an amazing photographer in her own right, and with a similar style to ours, she is the perfect complement to our team. If you love our style and approach, but don’t necessarily need full wedding day coverage or maybe you are on a tighter budget, this may be a perfect match! All bookings as well as the post-production style and quality that you love will still be produced through us, and you will get to enjoy Whitney’s smiling face at your wedding! She is available for 2012 weddings, and we have already begun to book her. Please contact us directly at [email protected] to inquire about her services. If you plan to attend the Outer Banks Wedding Expo in January or the OBX Brides Wedding Show in March, please stop by and help us welcome Whitney!

To get to know her on a more personal level, I thought I’d let Whitney answer some questions and introduce herself. Without further ado, meet Whitney Norko:

What’s your story? Who are you?

I’m an Outer Banks local, born and raised. A mother to two spirited children, Ava & Finn. I am happily married to the man of my dreams going on three years. We reside in Kill Devil Hills on the Albemarle sound & don’t ever want to move. We enjoy living a more natural lifestyle including our attempt at gardening to grow our own food & composting to lessen our carbon footprint on this amazing plant. We also stay busy wrangling our three pups, Marley (our olde English Bulldog) Bella (our domesticated hyena aka chihuahua mix) and Beans (our 4lbs chihuahua that has an under bite just as bad as his bulldog brother). I also have a small phobia of cities, big or small.

Why the Outer Banks?

Why not?! You’re surrounded by water, it’s a surfer’s playground and although I haven’t surfed since my teens, I still love being a spectator of the most beautiful sport on earth. The Banks is still a pretty small place, so I really like the fact that any time I go out of my house I will see someone I know. I have a very close family and between them and my friends I always have someone within arms reach.

What are your hobbies/passions in life?

We do a lot of painting in my house. Mostly on canvas but we aren’t picky, any flat surface will do. Even though photography is also my work, I still consider it my favorite hobby.

I’m very passionate about child birth, preferably natural child birth. When a baby enters this world it’s such a life changing moment for families and I love to see mama blissed out on that tiny life and her new warrior woman status. I love to talk about it, write about it, photograph it (especially) and anything else to do with it.

How and why did you get into photography?

It’s a form of art for me, & I’ve always had that side begging to come out. I started by following around my kids & dogs with my Canon Rebel. I then decided to take a class at our local community college to learn the basic,s & I’m self taught from there. I’m still learning everyday, & I’ll always be perfecting my art.

What is your favorite part of a wedding day?

It would definitely have to be the bride getting ready right before the ceremony. The anticipation, excitement and nerves all rolled into one moment right before she becomes the Mrs.’s.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

I’d want to be photographer or a circus freak.

What is your favorite…

music/bands? Phoenix, Ryan Montbleau Band, Atmosphere, Ray Lamontagne and so on…

color? Army Green

activity? Sleeping

food? Avocado

TV show? Modern Family

movie? The Business of Being Born

season? late Summer early Fall

holiday? Thanksgiving

place to vacation? Ocracoke

thing to do on a lazy day? Cook

place to shop? OBBC & Urban Outfitters

restaurant?Outer Banks Brewing Station

This or that…

morning or night? Night

hot or cold?Hot

canon or Nikon? CANON!

dogs or cats? Dog’s

sweet or salty? sweet

chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

3 things you can’t leave the house without?

iphone 4, hot coffee, chap stick

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