So what's up with the cardinal? Throughout the site, and in my logo, you will see a cardinal, and I'm sure you're wondering why. In my family, the cardinal is a very significant bird. It was my great-grandma's favorite bird and after she passed away, and I turned 18, I got a tattoo of a cardinal on my foot, in memory of her. My sister also got one on her shoulder for the same reason. Also, I'm from Ohio! The cardinal is the state bird of Ohio, and I figured it would be a neat way to tie in my home connection here in Florida. I could say that I'm a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but that's just not true. Go Reds! :)
From the moment I picked up a camera my sophomore year of high school, I knew I wanted to be a photographer. Photography has always been my passion. My sophomore year, I took my first film (yes it still exists, and yes you still have to take film classes before you can take digital classes!) class and it was history from then on out. I took all the photo classes offered at Fairmont High School and even joined the The Flyer newspaper staff and became Chief Photographer.
I then applied for a scholarship through 808 Studios Photography and not only did I receive the scholarship, but I was offered a job. I worked with Nick O'Donnell from the summer after high school graduation, June 2008, until I was brave enough to venture out on my own when I moved to Florida, January 2015. Working there was such a fantastic experience and I wouldn't change anything about it! Nick taught me more about wedding photography in those years than any class at UD would have, and I can never thank him enough.
At the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!), I decided to join the newspaper staff, also conveniently called The Flyer, and worked my way up on the photography staff. I started as a part-time staff photographer, and quickly worked my way to the lead photographer, and finally the head photographer. Also while at UD, I worked in an office for a year and a half which allowed me to build up a little bit of a portfolio. I was the Lead Photographer for ArtStreet and would go to events we held and photograph them.
In January 2015, I moved to Sarasota, FL and decided to branch out completely on my own as Marci Duckro Photography, or MD Photography for short. And I'm taking it day by day from there!