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Alyssia Baird | Photo Native Photoshoot

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For the styled shoot I knew we'd be shooting inside so I wanted something soft and dreamy! Flowers create so much for photos and I loved the idea of having a design on the wall. I showed Braelynn from Bella Bodas Events the soft blue dress we'd be photographing and that I loved the Victorian style. She is a mastermind!! Instead of turning to Pinterest she researched the Victorian era and was inspired by the rugs of that time. She then helped Adrien from Love Blooms Floral Design see her vision to create that gorgeous backdrop! I loved meeting all the different attendees of my class with all different levels in their photography career. I talked about connecting with their clients in order to create images with real emotion and connection. Then I demonstrated how I would work with a couple and let them take turns being in charge directing the couple. It was so fun to see the images everyone posted from the shoot with their own creative spin! 

Vendors: HMUA: Katie Livingston / Wedding Planner: Bella Bodas and Events / Floral: Love Blooms Floral Design / Dress: Natalie Wynn Design / Venue: Wild Willow Studio / Rentals: The Shabby Chic Sisters / Cake: Flour & Flourish / Paper Suite: West End Girl studio / Photography: Alyssia B Photography

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India Earl | Photo Native Photoshoot

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My shoot was hosted in a cozy little airbnb nestled in the heart of Sugarhouse. The space was really small so we had to be creative with what we could do within the two corners of the airbnb with good light! It was an amazing way to push ourselves outside our comfort zones of relying on several locations or backgrounds for photos and forced ourselves to be creative within posing, directing, and playing with the soft window light. We worked in small groups and took turns shooting our couple, starting far and then working  our way in so that we could all get multiple distances from our subjects, ending with close up intimate photos to create more even though we were so limited on space.

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Travis Richardson | Photo Native Photoshoot

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I love photography. I also love talking about and teaching photography. When I was invited to lead a styled shoot for Photo Native this year I was excited. Jessica from St. Thomas Floral Design and I teamed up with the intent to make something soft and beautiful. All of our (Mostly Jessica’s) hard work really paid off. Despite coming down with my first real cold in 10 years the night before the shoot, I felt like I was able to get some great photos and talk everyones ears off at the same time. I hope none of the attendees picked up my cold because it was something awful. Thanks, again, to our amazing team of vendors which I have listed. 

Instructor/Photography: Travis J Photography / Florist/Styling: St.Thomas Floral Design / MUA: @jessicamariemakeup / Hair: @hairbyallyse / Dresses: Avenia Bridal / Cake: Flour and Flourish /
Food/Food Styling: @thekitchenmccabe

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Lindsey Christensen | Photo Native Featured Instructor

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Q: When you think of yourself as a photographer, do you feel like you’re more business-minded or more art/creativity-minded? Or are you a mix?

 I am definitely a mix but I would say that I push the mix.  Naturally I could just be a free bird and roam and run with my creativity, but when you are wanting to get paid for that roaming . . .  You learn the lesson that we are also in the business of customer service and there are responsibilities that you have to fulfill if you are going to claim yourself as a business.  
I have molded my business into a place where I can push my creative boundaries and still find satisfaction in my own ideas, all while running a business and getting paid to do that.
Over the years I worked hard and honing my skills as my own accountant (which if you can source this out, DO IT), schedule coordinator, epic communications specialist.  Hahaha, These things I have to push myself to focus on, the creativity is a much more natural process for me.  There are times and seasons during the year where I have to shift from that easy creative and push myself in the business direction and make sure I am accomplishing the business end tasks and goals.  And I will say this . . . over the years and with lots of practice I have learned to enjoy the business side now too!  ;)

Q: What do you think is one of the biggest challenges photographers are faced with right now? 

Oversaturation and not trusting yourself.  We ALL have our own unique perspective and we have to trust that instead of trying to create something that we "think" will be on trend, on point, or will get a gazillion likes.  Trust yourself, trust that creative soul inside of you and do things that inspire YOU.

Q: What’s been one of the biggest hurdles you’ve had to overcome in your business in order for it to continue to thrive and be successful?

 Oh man.... staying relevant.  Transitioning from film to digital, from single lady to married mom, from few to many photographers.
I think we are constantly faced with hurdles and we just have to push through. You can't give up  because eventually you get the other side and are grateful you went through what you did because you became a more beautiful and refined artist.  The key is staying true to yourself while you go through these hurdles so you aren't lost when you get to the other side.   :)

Q: What is one of your best tips for running a successful business?

 Don't give up, and give your all.  When I say don't give up . . . that can mean a variety of things but specifically, its hard work so keep at it!  Most business' don't start generating profit until year 3, 4 or 5!  It also means if you start to feel irrelevant, push through, don't throw in the towel . . . FIND YOUR RELEVANCY.  You can do this time and time again, I promise.  I can attest to it.  Give it your all . . . and I seriously mean GIVE IT YOUR ALL.  Don't do things at half level and expect the world at your finger tips.  You have to give it your very best shot, with your very best energy, and your best foot forward.  If you fall down . . get back up and keep giving it a go over and over with ALL of who you are.

Q: How do you deal with burnout? What do you do to boost your creativity when you’re in a slump?

 I put the "paying camera" down as I call it, and jump into a project or task that allows my brain to open up and start absorbing again.  Last year, I see some time aside and read the book BIG MAGIC . . . life changing.  Another year i planned a getaway that was just for me and friends, and I shot a project with all of them.  Not paid, no pressure, just my own ideas and plans.  I think doing things like that feed your creative beast and helps you break into new ideas.

Q: What’s the best part about being a photographer and doing the work that you do? 

Hands down the relationships I form and the incredibly important moments I get to document for these client.  It becomes such an intimate relationship when you invest everything into your art and clients . . . KEY WORD AND because you have to marry those two things to really achieve that high level of gratification!  

Q: When do you feel the most creative?

Honestly . . . sometimes I feel the most creative when I have maxed myself out and feel overwhelmed.  I know that might sound strange, but at those times its like my brain is so tired that it starts wondering and thinking of things that it will enjoy and what it wants to spend time on.  Now I am not always maxed out and overwhelmed so the alternative is books. I am NOT a big reader either so its kind of crazy I am saying this, but the last three books I have read I have found INCREDIBLE inspiration and drive from.  I think I am so bombarded with life, electronics, social media that its hard to SIMPLIFY inside . . .and when you read you naturally simplify to the story at hand.

Q: Describe your perfect work schedule where you are free to create yet be financially successful? 

15 Weddings and 30 Families a year . . . hahahaha Is this what you mean?. . .  because really this is MY magic number.  It allows me time to focus on each of my clients with full detail, allows me to be a mom, but gives me time to breath, stay grounded and find inspiration. 

Q: Have you ever felt that running the business side of things mentally overwhelms you? How did you overcome that?

2 things here that go hand in hand.  1) take the time to learn whatever you are overwhelmed with or stuck on until YOU GOT IT  2) be open and candid with your clients to let them know you are working on or learning something new. (sometimes this can be an even bigger payoff then just good communication because you might have a client who has experience and can help you too!)

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Do you know how OLD I am going to be in 10 years! hahahah HOLY SMOKES! Pursuing my passion and documenting people and their lives is so meaningful and a part of who I am so I really hope to be doing this exact same thing. The creative field is where I belong!

Q: If you are a parent, what’s one tip you have for juggling a super crazy photographer’s work schedule with parenthood?

Knowing that you HAVE to be flexible.  There may never be a perfect schedule, because in all reality you can find perfect balance in life because things are always moving.  You can have an idea or a plan to always work towards, but be flexible and adjust to what is best for your family at each and every moment.  and . . . GIVE YOURSELF SOME DANG CREDIT!

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Keala Jarvis | Photo Native Photoshoot

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Happy dance for this senior native photo shoot for Photo Native!! I’m a huge fan of workshops because I LOVE learning about photography & business. But the opportunity of getting to create a photo shoot for other creatives…pure awesome sauce. We had such a great group! I already can’t wait for next year!

A huge shout out to my KJP Senior Alumni gals for ditching school to come play with us photographer gals. I love my girls to pieces and it was such a joy to have them be part of this experience with me. 

Prettiest studio: White Space Studios / Coolest casual outfit on the planet: The Nest Boutique. / Dresses of glory: The Dress Collective / Beauty Team: Versa Artistry  / Film Photo Processing: theFindLab / Backdrop of awesomeness: ME 🙂

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Valory Jean | Photo Native Student Review

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Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native?

After both Photo Native conferences I attended I felt rejuvenated as an artist and wrote down so many things that I wanted to try. I tend to stay in my comfort zone, and after the conferences I felt the desire to get out of that zone a little bit and do new things that I had never tried before. I never wavered from my style, but instead tried to do things that went along with it, and played around with different photo techniques. 

Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native?

As far as the business side of things, I have made more of an effort to be present on social media. It's not something I am perfect at, by any means, but I'm trying to be smarter about posting and doing it in a way that I find my perfect clients. This year has been such a great year for that. I feel like I have so many family and wedding clients that I just click with and am so grateful that they found me. 

Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that? 

I absolutely love the photography community and what Photo Native stands for. They are so inclusive to any artist and at every level. I've made friends from attending the conference that I don't think I would have otherwise, and I've reconnected with other friends that I don't get to see very often. 

Q: What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native?

 I feel like my #1 takeaway from Photo Native is to be me. To be the best me that I can for my clients, for my family, and for myself. 

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Abbey Kyhl | Photo Native Photoshoot

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Oh my goodness I am so excited to show off this gorgeous session that involved so many of my favorite vendors. I was recently asked to teach at Photo Native and this shoot was part of one of my classes. It was so fun to teach about Efficient Shooting! The details and everything was absolutely beautiful. And I do have to say, I especially love this couple. I can’t believe that its been four years since these two love birds tied the knot. Their wedding was and will always be one of my favorites. It was so fun to see them again and have them participate in this beautifully styled shoot.

I do have to say too that I loved meeting all the photographers and it has been so fun to see their take on all the details. And of course, so much love to all the amazing vendors. Sessions like these wouldn’t be possible without all of their amazing support and creativity!

Venue: The Clubhouse on South Temple  / Wedding Dress: Gateway Bridal & Prom / Hair & Makeup: Alex Crabtree / Paper Details: Foil & Ink / Planning & Design: Over the Top Events Rentals: Diamond Rental / Wedding Cake: The Bakeaholic / Videography: Krissi Cook Films

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Rachel Solomon | Photo Native Photoshoot

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Influenced by the natural patina of antique silver, this indoor wedding design was curated using elements that manifest the organic beauty that special objects develop over time. As metals age, they take on an iridescent quality with tones of sepia, purple and subtle teal. This palette was reflected in the deep pigments of the flowers. Tender spring blooms like hellebore, tinted ranunculus and sweet pea, and fragrant lilac were paired with sculptural branches and rugged juniper.Bathed in subdued window light, we kept the design elements surrounding our real couple few and significant, allowing their love and natural chemistry to shine through. The bride was draped in a billowing silk shift, adorned simply with a striking brown diamond ring. Together, they nestled comfortably into a natural nook, created with clusters of juniper and foraged bits. Heirloom elements, including classical wax seals on handmade paper, spools of softest silk, a homemade pavlova wedding cake and an antique wedding crown of tiny waxed flowers, further communicated the depth of their commitment.

As a film photographer, I had many students in my class that were new to film.  It was important to me to teach my students not only how to translate styled shoot ideas from a controlled environment into a real wedding day, but also to help those interested in film to learn more.  The FIND Lab sponsored my shoot and even brought cameras, film, and provided a discount to students, some who shot their very first roll of film during my shoot!  I was so fulfilling to hear the students during their "aha" moments and learn something new they could take home with them to apply in their business.

Planning, Styling and Flowers: Amber Reverie / Studio: The Loft Studio / Gown: Alex and Ragrecco / Silk Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic / HMUA: Hair and Makeup by Steph / Cake: Pippa Cakery / Calligraphy and Invitations: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy / Ring: Taylor Custom Rings

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Sara Weir | Photo Native Student Review

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Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native? 

In every way imaginable. In so many ways and not in enough ways. I think what it did for me most artistically was allow me to call what I do art and get me thinking about what that meant to me. It's definitely something I'm still exploring and hopefully always will be. But yeah, giving me permission to think of it that way and how I can use that to have a business.
 

Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native? 

 When I attended PN I was so so new to business. I'd been photographing for a long time, but had just launched my own brand. I felt lost on how to navigate so many things and still keep my voice - and still working to find what that was and what it meant too. I still fall back on that very first speech given by Just Hackworth about so many beautiful things, but what has stuck with me most is how he talked about we should treat each other as photographers. He said we were a community that helped each other even though we are in essence competitors. That has been the foundation of so much of my business and I know that it has lead to more work, better relationships, and meaningful experience in this industry.
 

Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that? 

When I started this business I totally thought I could do it all myself. I thought it was a one man show. Fast forward 2 years and I've definitely been humbled. I need others in the industry for support, to bounce ideas off, and lift me up when it's been a crummy go of it. I love reconnecting with friends I've cultivated relationships with over social media in person and PN and I LOVE meeting and encouraging new friends. It's this encouragement that keeps me going, creating, and enjoying what I do!! And that definitely began at PhotoNative both from the people I met at the conference and through the classes lectures provided there. It's the core of the conference. 
 

Q: What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native?

Oh gosh, really!? One!? Um you know it's the chance to get together with really awesome likeminded people. Meet face to face and talk about what we're all thinking about 90% of the time!! And to have my boundaries pushed and think in new ways. It's a chance to be re-insnpired after a year of work and looking forward to a new year of work. It's the people - always always the people, connections, and friendships I've found there!!

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Kathryn Burns | Photo Native Student Review

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Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native?

I've grown in so many ways as an artist, especially after hearing from Joy Prouty and Ginny Au. Both teachers had very out-of-the-box approaches to their work, and Ginny's particularly spoke to me, deep down in my heart. Over the last year I've been striving to find clients who really care about their photos being honest and reflective of who they are. Not only does this make a more personal result for them, but I'm fulfilled in a much deeper way knowing that I'm giving them photos that matter, that they will truly cherish. It's not enough for me anymore to create just "a pretty photo."
 

Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native?

I've definitely opened up more to the idea of outsourcing. It's something I still struggle with since I like to have control in my business, but I find that the more I outsource the more I have my personal life back.
 

Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that? 
I knew so many photographers by their social media handles and from FB groups, but I really loved getting to meet these women in person. It helped me realize how wonderfully genuine some of these women are, and where we were only "acquaintances" online we are now genuine friends because we had this opportunity to connect!

Q:What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native?

You have to KEEP GOING. If you don't push yourself both in business and in your art, you will stagnate, your passion and drive will die out. Being like everybody else isn't going to do it for you, either. To be successful AND fulfilled, you have to make your own way.

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