As a photographer, I continually research, try getting in contact with different businesses, try contacting different personnel to get new clients. I love what I do and every client I cherish with all my heart. Because of my clients, my business is able to survive. Thank you so much for giving me the chance and supporting me through my years of growing and learning. To my new clients, I hope I can create photographs for you that will last you a life time.
I come from a very small town in Illinois. Graduating with a class of 33. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until sophomore year of high school. I had gotten hurt plenty of times during sports and I found that I hated just sitting there and feeling jittery because I couldn’t be out there playing the sports that I loved. So I ended up taking some pictures for the year book. I found that I loved being able to take photos and show people my work and be able to see the joy of parents and students that my pictures brought. Someone had saw the work that I was doing and had asked if I would take some family pictures and they would pay me. Oh my goodness. I can’t tell you how excited I was. My very first customer and from that point on I had continued to take pictures and grow my clientele. I had finally figured out what I was going to do for the res of my life.
I had gone to school and gotten my degree for photography and had planned out everything. (As every 18-20 year old does because they know how the world works and that everything goes their way....not) Well as everyone knows COVID happened and well my plans fell through as I had to finish schooling online and trying to reach out to new clients became nearly impossible as people had to social distance.
Being a photographer you would think, “You heave lenses that you don’t have to get close to people so it wouldn’t matter.” But what you don’t think about is if you own a studio you are in a confined space with your clients or if your outside and the wind is blowing and there is some hair strands that need to be fixed that the client can’t and would just be easier if you did it but you cant.
So what did I do? I ended up being found by a commercial real estate agent online who liked my style of work and wanted me to come onto his team not only as a photographer but also help out with marketing and some of the management. With that I actually had a job in COVID so I wouldn’t have to worry about paying the bills. (I considered myself lucky.)
I started working for this agent having to meet a few times and started to learn the rolls of my job and started to get to know who my boss was over messaging and after getting to know each other more and more things clicked between us and conveniently enough we have been together a whole year now. As of the story between us, well I guess that is to be saved for another time, but oh how the world works and boy how wrong I was at the age of 18.
As of now, I’m still working for my boyfriend at his real estate firm helping with management and taking pictures of the architecture as well as doing my photography business.
Life has become honestly so crazy but in such a good way and I am so beyond grateful that everything has happened the way it has. Even though we are in a pandemic and things had slowed down for photography I still had a job, a roof over my head, food to eat, and family and friends that love and support me every single day.
COVID honestly helped my photography business in a sense of I was able to sit down and work on my business plan, get my LLC for my business, open bank accounts, and actually make a plan for what I want to do with my business. All of this with amazing support behind me to continue my passion for photography.
I may say I had lost my way for quite some time. Not picking up a camera and not trying to reach out to new customers and not trying to get my business out there. I was comfortable where I was at. But the thing I have never been the type of person to “be comfortable”. I have always been the adventurous one. the one who wore a dress and play in the mud. the one to dance in the rain. The one who never cared what someone else thought about what I wear or what I thought about. That person had disappeared but I’m finally getting the courage and the strength of that woman back. That’s why I’m writing this. Trying to get out of my comfort zone and show people who I am and show them what I do.
Being able to show people my work over social media and my website is such a scary thing because someone is always going to be there to judge what I do but what does it matter as long as the client is happy as well as I’m happy for what I’m doing. My work is my work and I love being a photographer. I love being a friend, a sister, a daughter. I love my life no matter if we are in a pandemic or not because life is what you make of it and you only have one chance to live it.