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The number one thing people ask me at sessions is: did you go to school for this? The short answer is no. My college degree is in multimedia with a focus on web development. But I did and do take a LOT of non-official photography courses. I’m not getting any credits or credentials for them but I like to think they make me a better photographer.
I also did not make this website … which is the natural next question if you know I majored in web development. It’s a template. But I did do a LOT of tweaking to make it mine and there’s a small chance I couldn’t have done that otherwise.
The reason I do lifestyle photography? I just have to. It’s what I naturally do with my own kids and it makes me so happy when I look at those pictures. I’m SO glad I have these REAL pictures of my kids doing what they love. Back in January of 2013 I took a lifestyle photography course that forced me to take a TON of pictures of my kids. I mean a TON. But my album from that year is amazing. I feel like I captured SO much. It’s also over 200 pages long. So part of me is convinced that this is what everyone really wants … some people just don’t know it. Also it’s so much less stressful and MORE FUN than the standard posed session with the fake smiles.
I’m currently 36 years old and I’ve had this business for 10 years now. I started out being younger than most of my clientele and now I’m older than most of them. That’s life!! I also began before having kids of my own and now I’ve got 6 and 8 year old girls. Some of my initial customers are now TEENAGERS!
My absolute favorite thing to do in my spare time is sew. I actually have a small shop on Etsy that doesn’t get much traffic (or attention from me, at this point). I make my own clothes and a lot of my kids clothes. There’s something about sewing that makes me feel totally at peace. My husband and I are currently house hunting and having a sewing space in the new house is an absolute must.
Examples of things that I’ve made (because I can’t have a blog post with no photos):
This whole outfit, from top to bottom including the coat (one of my favorite projects ever). The skirt band can also pull up to be a strapless dress.
At this moment, my dream is to make this business big. I mean not BIG but successful for me. I want to bring home a decent income while also not working 60 hours a week. My ideal spot would be 2 sessions per week with at least 75% of people doing sales sessions too. Unfortunately for me, business is not my natural forte so it takes me about 10 times longer than everyone else.
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