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'm in the mix for sure but I lean way more creative. Currently working really hard to understand the marketing and SEO aspect more.
Q: What do you think is one of the biggest challenges photographers are faced with right now?
Comparison and trying to follow the trends.
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?
I had to figure out who I was, what kind of work I wanted to be creating and how to translate more of me into into my work.
Q: How do you maintain your own, unique voice in your work in a world where you’re constantly bombarded with other artists’ images?
Well, you'll have to come to my class and find out. ;)
Q: If you could go back in time and tell your photographer newbie self one thing, what would that be?
Fuck the rules.
Q: What is one of your best tips for running a successful business?
Be a nice person and genuinely care about people.
Q: How do you deal with burnout? What do you do to boost your creativity when you’re in a slump?
I escape to the sea. There's nothing like screaming into the ocean to make the chaos become clear.
Q: What’s the best part about being a photographer and doing the work that you do?
The stories I get to tell and the lives I get to become a part of. Truly, I love every piece of wedding photography. Well, minus the emails.
Q: When do you feel the most creative?
After one two many red bulls.
Q: Have you ever felt that running the business side of things mentally overwhelms you? How did you overcome that?
Always. I read a long time ago that Steve Job's wore the same outfit everyday because picking out a outfit takes creativity and we only get so much in a day. So I simplified a lot of my life. I removed the clutter, threw out what I didn't need, I started to meal plan and I basically always wear black on black on black. It's helped me be able to focus on the things I need to do so much better. Also, I outsource when I get overwhelmed. There's no point in me spending a week making a PDF when I can hire someone to do it better and faster for me. And with that free week I can book a session that pays for that PDF and gets me more free time to pursue what I love or spend time with my family.
Q: What is your favorite part about teaching and connecting with students?
When they come alive.
Q: If you are a parent, what’s one tip you have for juggling a super crazy photographer’s work schedule with parenthood?
Well, come to my panel and I'll tell you. ;)