Chic crush of the month: cassandra photo

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Photographer & Lifestyle Blogger, Cassandra Eldridge Photography 

This month’s ‘Chic Crush of the Month’ is very close to my heart. Meet Cassandra Eldridge — Photographer & lifestyle blogger capturing life’s sweetest moments, struggles, inspirations and everything in between. Her heart is made of gold, (I’m sure of this) — and our friendship goes back 14 years. Her photography can be seen on widely acclaimed outlets such as: Style me Pretty, CS Brides Magazine, The Knotty Bride and so much more. I am quite proud to call this beauty my friend. If there’s one piece of advice I can give to fellow bloggers, surround yourself with people who continue to inspire, challenge and motivate you. Cassie is full of positivity, light and entrepreneurship. She truly continues to inspire me each, and every day. 

When did you first discover your passion for photography?

 Honestly, when I lived in Denver Colorado.  I was really missing my friends and family back home, and felt like something was missing.  I needed more than just my 9-5 corporate job, so I took the plunge and purchased my first DSLR camera. From there, I couldn’t stop taking photos.  I started seeing beauty in everything, and I knew that this was something that I was meant to be doing.
Favorite photo you’ve snapped?  
Each and every single photograph of my dad.  When he was alive, he was my biggest fan, and always willing to let me try new techniques on him when I purchased a new lens or camera body.  Now that he’s gone, those images mean even more to me.  I’ll cherish them forever.
Best piece of advice you’ve received: 
“Everyone is the most important person in someone’s life. And they deserve to be treated that way.”  This is something my dad used to say and it was his mantra with owning his own company.  He treated everyone with respect and equality. This is how I value my clients.  Each one holds a significant spot in my life from the moment they inquire – they’ve decided to trust me with the most intimate day of their life, and to me, well, I’m incredibly humbled each and every time.
Favorite ‘Cassandra Photo’ moment?  
Seeing my work in print in the CS Brides Magazine. That was pretty magical to have a tangible feature.
What is your inspiration? 
Selfless love, natural light, and simplicity.
Latest splurge:  
The 35mm 1.4 lens. I’ve been eyeballing this beauty for the last year, and I finally decided it was worth the investment.  And oh baby, is it ever.
Starbucks order:  
Grande skinny vanilla soy latte or unsweetened iced green tea
Describe your style:  
I had to text my mom for this one, ha! She said: That’s hard to answer! You dress with a unique flair.  So, there you have it. Unique-flair.  Oh, and lots of dresses. Lots.
Favorite place to shop (clothes):  
Zara, H&M, Anthropologie, TJ Maxx, Forever 21
Outfit of choice: 
Maxi dress – forever and ever 😉
First thing you do in the morning: 
Roll over and cuddle with my man and our puppy, bubble bath with my coffee
Can’t get enough of:  
Bravo TV. It’s terrible!
Currently listening to: 
Katy Perry’s new album, PRISM & The Head and the Heart on vinyl
Designer crush:  
Alexander McQueen &/or Stella McCartney
Favorite recipe: 
Anything that Joy the Baker makes
Current reads:  
I Am Malala and Darling Magazine, of course
Which movie/TV character best describes your life?
 They haven’t quite hit it on the head with that one yet – I’m still waiting 😉
Next destination: 
Hopefully a European cruise with my guy in March!
Crushing on: 
Katy Perry and John Mayer’s romance. I don’t think it gets any cuter than that.  Oh, and I’m always crushing on Zooey Deschanel. That’s no big secret – it’s been going on for years.
Favorite quote: 
“live and let live.”
Don’t forget to follow Cassie on Instagram, and Pinterest! Her photos are amaaazing! 
*Images courtesy of Cassandra Photo