Q: How did you get started in photography?
A: I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures. It was a lot of random stuff growing up but after getting my first dSLR as I was beginning college, I started shooting bands at the shows I would go to and taking portraits of friends. I really enjoyed shooting portraits and slowly began transitioning into that. First it was senior photos, then modeling work and now weddings.
Q: At what moment did you know you wanted to make photography a career?
A: I had an opportunity to shoot for Nike a few years ago and I think around that time is when I also began shooting more weddings. At that point I was working as an accountant for a company in Seattle. I loved my job and loved the problem-solving nature of working with numbers everyday. In 2014 we were given a notice that our company had been bought out and they would be dissolving the Seattle office. I felt like my photography business, though small, was in a place where if I began to give it 100% and my full attention, I could really make something out of it. I had been telling myself I was going to quit that accounting job to dive in full-time as a photographer, but looking back I don’t know if I ever would have done that. I really enjoyed the job there and was good at that job so I think being a bit forced into it (with being laid off) was exactly what I needed.
Q: What has been the most testing moment of your photo career?
A: Since I started out in the lifestyle/commercial world of photography, switching to shoot weddings was definitely a task to take on. I pretty much had to build a new portfolio from the ground up. That took a lot of hustle in the beginning because it was like I was starting a new business again for the first time.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
A: I love creating photos. That aspect of it alone is what got me into it in the beginning. Meeting people, traveling and all of the other stuff that starts to come along with it has just been a big bonus. The feeling of creating something for someone else to look back on & hang in their home is a pretty rad feeling.
Q: What advice would you give to those who want to make photography their career?
A: Hustle. Shoot as much as you can in the beginning and find a way to stand out. Photography is such a popular job/career/hobby these days with how good cameras have gotten in the last 5-10 years. With more photographers than ever out there, it’s important to stand out. You don’t always have to stand out by the quality/subject matter of your photos. The experience you give your client allows for tons of room to be innovative and unique. I’ve been shooting for 10 years now and the people I have seen who have started out and gotten good quickly have hustled like no other.
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