Marie Berthiaume is the owner and lead photographer of Forget-Me-Not Photography LLC. For certain sessions there may be additional staff assisting as well. Having graduated with her A.A.S. Degree in Photographic Imaging and Technology, as well as A.A.S. Degree in Business Management, Marie is continually seeking further knowledge to keep the business current with the field, and thriving. She also received a certificate in Matting and Framing. Marie has won 3 awards with photographs for the American Advertising Federation's Addy Awards in Central Minnesota. She has been featured in popular online platform groups such as Destination Duluth.
"My whole life I have been quite artistic and love creating things, whether it be fine art photographs, or a recipe from scratch, or a new decoration for the house. As I got older and had children and lost loved ones, I realized how important photographs had become to me. I knew I wanted to help people preserve their most precious moments for decades to come."
Specializing in Weddings, Boudoir, Seniors, and Engagement sessions, Marie also covers families, children, pets, events, product, and more. Have something in mind? Send a message and see what Forget-Me-Not Photography can capture for you!
In the beginning stages of Forget-Me-Not Photography there was a lot to think about. One major part was choosing what to call the business. Not a fan of just using my own name, I knew I wanted to use a more creative name. After spending weeks thinking names over and not a single one really clicking, it finally hit one night while driving home. One of my mother's favorite flowers is the forget-me-not. So when out exploring Yellowstone National Park a couple years earlier I was ecstatic to find some growing wild on top of Mount Washburn while we had a picnic lunch. Of course I had to take a photo....or ten. Haha. So when I was thinking about my favorite image of those that night while driving home, it finally clicked ...that would make the PERFECT name! Not only was it something that referenced a person who means the world to me, but it also described exactly why photography is so important.. it preserves those priceless memories so that we insure against ever forgetting.
The history behind how the flower got its name also lends itself to the mission of Forget-Me-Not photography. One of the most popular legends of forget-me-not’s name is about how God was creating the earth. When he created all the flowers, he started to name each one of them. After God named all the flowers and was about to leave, one tiny little flower cried out: “Forget me not, Lord!”. God looked back at the tiny plant and said: “This will be your name, so no one will ever forget you”.
Then there is the myth of the French lovers. A French knight and his lady were walking along a river. The knight saw a tiny blue flower and bent down to pick it up for her. Unfortunately, he lost his balance because of his heavy armor and fell into the river.
Forget-me-not flowers are such tiny blossoms they can go easily unnoticed. I have since been fortunate enough to find them growing along several river banks now also. Have you seen any growing in the wild?