When it comes to pictures, it’s no secret that our family is a little awkward. From outfits to poses, I always seem to have trouble getting things “just right”.
However, this fall I was blessed to meet an amazing photographer, Maria from Awed Photography. Upon sending her a request to schedule a photo session, she was quick to answer all of my questions and even helped me get over some of my pre-photo fears.
I highly recommend her services to any of my local readers and even if you aren’t local, you should check out her page for great ideas for your next photo session!
You’ll remember last year, I started a Small Business Saturday series. Being an entrepreneur, I love to support others who are pursing their passions and creating wonderful services and products. I’ll be continuing that series this fall, beginning with the creative talents behind Awed Photography.
- The Little Dabbler
- The Parsi Company
- Candle Creations by Jessy
- Wild Reds
- Tidy Earth Cleaning
- Aubrey Grace in Lace
- S+S Country Delights
- Blessings and Beads
Small Business Saturday – Awed Photography
WW: Tell me about Awed Photography. Why did you start? When did you start?
I have always had a love for photography. I remember my first camera that I got when I was six years old and taking landscape pictures of the beach on vacation. I would constantly torture my brother and little cousins with photo sessions I would set up in the back yard in the summertime. I was also the photography editor for our high school’s year book. In college along with my studies in elementary education, I took photography classes, and felt truly in my element. My husband bought me my first real digital camera for Christmas right before we were married and I did a shoot for family friends. The pictures turned out surprisingly well and more and more people started asking me to do pictures for them. I decided to take this fun hobby that I loved and turned it into a career!
WW: Tell me a little bit about how your photo shoot works – from the time a customer calls to the photo shoot and beyond.
Customers usually contact me via email or from referrals on Facebook. We first discuss dates and times. Then we dive into vision so we can decide on the perfect location. I’m always open to discussing what to wear, props to bring,etc. During the shoot we can go to one location or multiple locations. My clients are also permitted to bring as many outfit changes as they want. I shoot for an hour (but usually goes over–I always want to make sure we get the perfect shot!). What is special about my sessions is that I always post preview pictures within one day of the shoot. I get so excited about the photos that I have taken that I can’t wait to share them!! From there I edit them and send my clients an online gallery that they can download straight to their computer to share with all of their family and friends.
It’s tough being a small business owner. How do you manage photo shoots, editing, free time, and home life?
I can’t lie…it’s rough!! But not all the time! Fall is my busiest time of year so I am constantly running around like a mad woman. I am a substitute school teacher as well, so for most days I go to school, run home and change, head out to a session, get home at around 7, and edit until 10. Its busy but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way! I always make time for my family– Sunday evenings are set aside for visiting time at my grannies house.
How has your business changed throughout the years?
I started out very small only doing shoots for friends and family, but 4 years later and I am busier than ever before! I am so thankful for my customers and all of their referrals! I use no advertising and only get business through word of mouth–This has been my busiest season yet and I am loving every minute!
How do you see your business in 10 years?
I would be a happy girl if I would just be able to keep seeing my ‘families’ grow every year. I love the annual family photos that I take. Seeing those kiddos grow is so special!! Hopefully I’ll be taking those sweet babies senior pictures some day! The relationships that I have formed with my clients is the most important part of my job–and the part I love the most!
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