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Rising Stars: Meet Debra Snyder

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debra Snyder.

Hi Debra, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My husband knew I loved taking photos of our children so one year for Christmas, he bought me a really nice camera. Actually, it was my first DSLR- Nikon D3200. I was so excited, I took photos of everything and everyone lol. I do believe this was in 2013/2014? It wasn’t long after that, I started taking homecoming photos for my nieces and nephews and family photos for my friends, so I decided to start shooting more professionally. After about a year or so, I got licensed and insured and went pro with my photography. I now shoot with my very first full-frame camera, a Nikon D750 (I saved forever for that bad boy), and photograph families, couples, seniors, maternity, weddings, and boudoir. I love capturing all of the different memories as it could be their last. Life is so short not to cherish every moment you have with those you love the most.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely been tough. There are so many different photographers in this area and many of which that are so far advanced. It’s hard to develop your own identity with this profession and really stand out.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
So I am a full-time hospice nurse in this area along with being a professional photographer. I photograph everything from families to couples, high school seniors, and weddings. I specialize in couples/engagements mostly, families, and boudoir. I’m known for my family sessions and couples sessions. I have multiple clients I photograph several times a year actually. I am most proud of how far I’ve come. My style has really developed and has become more consistent recently which isn’t easy to do. And I’ve been published in several smaller magazines this past year which really made me push harder. It’s a humbling experience for sure. I think my personality and being more fun and personalized with my clients sets me apart from others. I’m professional but really easy going. I truly love what I do.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My family and friends have been by my side this entire time. They’ve always supported me and my love of photography. I honestly couldn’t have done any of this without their support. ESP that of my kids and my husband (Caleb, Lizzy, and Justin). My best friend Ericka has been a huge support as well. Always pushing me to never give up.


  • Portrait sessions (family, seniors, maternity, couples) start at $150
  • Boudoir sessions start at $550
  • Wedding collections start at $750

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Image Credits:
Personal business photo: Rebecca Cruz Photography

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