I have always had a camera in my hand growing up. I remember walking the family dog at sunset (so glowy!) and thinking “this would make a great photo!”. I always had “the creative eye”, as my mom would say. I loved creating, and capturing moments with friends and family. It wasn’t always good per-say, but I was still there clicking away.
When I entered the graphic design program there was a photography class, and it was suggested we pick up a DSLR camera, as it’s “always better to use your own photos in your designs”. So I bought my first Canon Rebel, learned manual, and grew from there. By the time I got to 2016, I had a few new lenses in my arsenal, and was taking a ton of landscape photos, slowly adding people into them.
My boyfriend at the time (now husband) knew how much I LOVED weddings, and my photography, and suggested that I start looking into becoming a wedding photographer. I did my research, but was still stumped on how to actually infiltrate the market and start booking weddings. And actually do a good job!
So here’s the good part… when I was at my friends wedding, I was watching the photographers almost more than I was watching the ceremony (sorry Kate!). It was so neat to see them move around the ceremony and reception space, hardly noticeable at all, and capturing the day. When it came time to sit and eat, they joined in with eating at the same time as the guests (always feed your on-site vendors! <3). I was in the bathroom and noticed the photographer was also in there, so awkward timing and everything, as she’s coming to wash her hands, I say “hey, what lens are you using to photograph this wedding?”. She just kind of looked at me startled for half a second, and then proceeded to tell me about the lens. I explained that I’m trying to get started in wedding photography, so I was curious!
This community of entrepreneurs helped me to grow myself so fast in the last 4-5 years. They’re so supportive, kind, and your biggest cheerleaders. Between bringingÂ me on as a BTS photographer on a styled shoot, helping me with my marketing and background business things (accounting… ugh), bringing me on as a second shooter when I haven’t shot a wedding before, and being my second shooter on my first wedding – I grew and I learned with every step and with every helping hand.
I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today without this group! I still attend most monthly meetings, and smile when I see the friendly faces I know, and love meeting the new people each week. I recommend to anyone out there starting out in business, definitely check out the group!
With each new wedding I book, or second shoot on, I learn and grow more. At the end of 2019, I would say I was in my prime. I was really bummed out when Covid hit, as I knew I could lose some momentum, but I’ve had so much support from family, friends, old and even new clients! I am so excited for the rest of the year, and all of the beautiful weddings I will be photographing next year.
Thank you to everyone who met me 4 years ago, and supported me and helped me to grow to now. Thank you to my friends and family who also helped me get to where I am. Y’all are great, and I love this job.