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Southmoreland juniors Madison Formato and Elizabeth King stood at Garfield Park, the crisp fall air breezing lightly around them. King smiled widely as Formato snapped away on her camera.
Formato has a love for photography and has recently turned her passion into a business.
“My mom always took pictures and I loved watching her,” Formato said. “The way she took pictures intrigued me to begin with. Once I started getting into photography, she let me use her camera until I got my own.”
Formato posts her images on her Instagram account, @maddieformato_photography. From there, her potential customers can see her pictures and even set up a photo shoot through her direct messages.
“Instagram has been the perfect way to put myself out there while sharing my work with the public,” Formato said. “Since making an Instagram photography page, more people have come to me about it.”
Working with her siblings is a big part of Formato’s photography.
“A good half of my pictures are of my two youngest sisters, Gianna and Frankie,” Formato said. “They’ve always been willing to put up with me. It’s really helped me get better throughout the years.”
King said that her friend is “incredibly talented” and works hard for her success.
“Even with people she doesn’t know, she’s very comfortable and fluid with how she works,” King said. “And the end results are amazing.”
Formato said that photography is a “big part” of her life.
“It started out as just a hobby, but over the years it has become a huge stress reliever and a way to express myself,” Formato said. “I think I’d go insane without my camera.”
To see Formato’s work and to schedule a session, visit her Instagram at http://instagram.com/maddieformato_photography.