Starting out as a Utah Photographer
A few months after my husband and I got married I got a text from a friend asking if they could pay me to do their family’s pictures that fall. I couldn’t believe it! Someone wanted to pay me to take their pictures. I was over the moon excited about it. As I prepared for the session I deeply considered becoming a Utah Photographer. I loved photography. It was my activity activity and favorite way to spend an afternoon. I’d always beg my friends to go on “shoots” or let me take their pictures. A few years back I had gotten my first DSLR and taught myself to shoot in manual mode. I just loved cameras and photography.
The weekend of the shoot I decided to buy Lightroom to professionally edit the images and decided to start a Facebook page for my photography business. In my mind, I was now a Utah Photographer (the Facebook page made me legit).
My First Shoot
I remember being SO nervous before the shoot. I showed up 20 minutes early and sat in my car, panicked. “Why did I agree to do this?” I thought to myself. I wasn’t a professional photographer – I was just a girl that loved to take pictures. It was terrifying. When the family pulled up I took a deep breath and got to work. We probably shot for 90 minutes which, looking back, is way too long for little kids, but what did I know? We trekked all around Wheeler Farm and I had a blast. I had NO idea what I was doing as far as posing and coaching, but I loved every minute of that session.
That night I went home and edited all the images. I was so proud of the work I had done and what I had created. I decided then that I was going to become a professional Utah Photographer. I was going to get better, build my business, and stay home with my family. This was the talent that God had given me to provide for my family. I was so excited.
When I decided to pursue this business there were a few people that fully supported me and cheered me on. One of those families was the Neal family. They trusted me WAY before I should have been trusted and have had me shoot their family’s pictures, a wedding, and various other things. They have cheered me on and supported my photography business from day 1 and I love them and am grateful to them for that.
This past weekend we did some updated family pictures for them. I found a super cute spot in Provo near Utah Lake where the sun was beautiful and the leaves were turning. It was such a beautiful location and the Neals showed up with beautiful outfit choices. It was such a great shoot.
I am so grateful for my business and for the people that have supported me and cheered me on. And of course, to my wonderful clients that have trusted me with such important moments. I would LOVE to work with you! Please contact me! Or, to see more of my portfolio, follow me on Instagram.