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Exploring Life & Business with McKenna Hutchinson of 1828 Collective

Today we’d like to introduce you to McKenna Hutchinson.

Hi McKenna, 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 background is as a graphic designer. I had to take a photography class as a part of my college program, and I found out I was having a lot of fun with it. After some senior portraits and photos of friends, I did my first couple’s session and was hooked! After doing a couple’s sessions and a few weddings, I finally started taking it seriously and turned it into a business in 2016.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Owning your own business is always a bit of a bumpy road. Figuring out insurance, taxes, etc., is always a nuisance but building up a steady stream of clients so I could go full-time was the hardest part. I’m always proud to see where I came from shooting my first wedding for a $200 Flemmings Steakhouse gift card to now running a wildly successful photography business.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I work all over the east coast, from the mountains to the beach, offering couple’s sessions, weddings, and elopements (LGTBTQ+ celebratory here!) I create a space for my clients to feel comfortable and excited to be in front of the camera by focusing on movement and interaction to make beautiful candid images.

I’ve been a sentimental person my whole life, spending so much time looking back at old childhood photos and videos taken on the camcorder in the 90s. It felt so natural to move my business into weddings and elopements so I could photograph people’s important memories for them to relive.

I started the 1828 Collective to show real human connection through my images. I photograph my weddings and elopements as if I’m a documentary photographer preserving my client’s legacy. My romantic soul always seeks out all the sweet little moments that unfold before me that I get to witness. I like to think my images look the way my client’s memories feel when they look back on their day.


  • Weddings $3000-6 ,000+
  • Elopements $1,400-5,000+
  • Couple’s Sessions $650-1,500+

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