Why did you become a photographer?
I've always been drawn to art but didn't find my medium until college. I actually stumbled into photography because it was the last course offered at a satellite campus in the Texas Hill Country that I always wanted to attend. I fell in love with being able to beautifully document a moment in time but saw it as an expensive hobby.
My college degree is in Education, so photography went on the back burner while I was a full time high school teacher. I loved photographing our older child's first few years; and being able to look back on all the special moments I was able to preserve through photographs. It wasn't until our second child was born that my photography hobby began to evolve into something sustainable that I could earn an income from. I loved the idea of being able to photograph other parent's special moments as well as my own. So I quit my job as a teacher and launched into photography full-time.
What do you photograph and why?
I'm naturally drawn to newborns, babies, and families because that's the phase of life I'm currently in. It's what initially drove me into starting my business. Those chubby cheeks and toothless grins feed my soul! I've watched my own children grow through the years and while memories fade in my mind, photographs bring them back into focus again. I want my clients to have something to remember those special moments as well.
What's the biggest factor in your long term business success?
Goal setting and hustling to obtain them. I know what I want my business to look like and what I don't, and I make each and every business decision based on whether it fits into my big overall goals.
Another important factor was finding my tribe of likeminded friends who are also business owners. The photography industry can sometimes be a lonely place, and it's important to find friends and invest in relationships that feed you, keep you growing and accountable, and provide a safe place to bounce ideas around.
Why do you use the MUSEA Lab?
In a word - quality. In a world where everyone wants faster and cheaper, there is something to be said about a return to the mindful production of quality pieces. MUSEA provides me what I promise my clients, heirloom pieces that stand the test of time. The quality is outstanding, the colors genuine, and the buttery texture isn't something you can replicate. The MUSEA crew offers me a higher level of service than I could get anywhere else, and won't let a print leave their lab if they feel it is subpar. That's the same level of service as I offer my clients, and I know MUSEA pours their hearts into each and every print they make.
Once you see your portraits printed on MUSEA's fine art paper, there is no going back to a regular print. Seriously.
Can you share a story from your business that illustrates why prints are important?
Last Christmas, I bought both my mom and mother-in-law a digital picture frame to fill with pictures. It's now March and they both sit unused. Like so many clients who purchase digital files because it's what they think they want, the files still sit in a drawer where no one enjoys them.
Ever see someone post a picture of something online and then say "This looks so much better in person"? I think something is lost when we look at an image digitally vs. in print. We spend so much time on our smartphones, looking at TV or computer screens, with data and ads flashing and flooding our senses, but a printed picture stays constant. It's a way for children to look up on the walls and see their baby pictures. To see they belong because that portrait was important enough to print and hang on a wall. And my ultimate goal as a photographer is to beautifully preserve memories for my clients to look back on.