Photographers Who Inspire

Photographers Who Inspire | Jenny Cruger Photography

by Liz LaBianca
Please welcome middle Tennessee photographer, Jenny Cruger.  In addition to her photography business, Jenny is also a member of the Clickin Moms Pro team. She is hosting a breakout session about finding your style this March and her own in person workshops in the Spring and Fall. Be sure to check out these workshops if you’re interested and leave your feedback below!

Who was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?

Would it be cliché to say my son? On a deeper personal note, it was probably the need to be creative and be a business owner, something I have always loved and has the passion to do.  My husband really encouraged me to find myself and begin my business.  Now my inspiration comes from all sorts of things, still my son and husband of course, but everything from soft, neutral colors, pretty textures, vintage/antique shops, emotional moments between people, new babies, etc.

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Photographers Who Inspire | April Nienhuis

by Liz LaBianca
Please welcome Tulsa photographer, April Nienhuis.  In addition to her photography business, April is also a mentor at Clickin Moms, the Assistant Editor of the CMblog, and is available for custom mentoring sessions. April’s generosity and advice in this Photographers Who Inspire interview is great example of the resources available to Clickin Moms members.  If you’re not already a member, be sure to join today.

Who was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?
Andrea Murphy (www.amurphyphoto.com) is and was one of my biggest inspirations.  I second shoot weddings for her and not only is she a wonderful photographer but she’s also a fantastic business woman.  She’s always generous with her knowledge and encourages me in business.  Other photographers I love are Jerry Ghionis, Bobbi + Mike, Elizabeth Messina, pretty much all the photographers in CMpro, and so many others.

What was the hardest part of starting your own business? What do you wish you would have known?
Pricing.  I spent so much time stressing over pricing only to realize a year later that I was charging way too little.  I wish I had asked someone for guidance with my pricing and held off on business for another year or two so that I could better develop my skills.

Tell us about your favorite lens and why it is #1 in your camera bag over your other lenses.
The Canon 100L is my absolute favorite lens.  Not only is it a great macro lens but it’s also beautiful for portraits.  The quality, color, and contrast is superior to many of the other L lenses I’ve used.  It doesn’t get near the praise it deserves.

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Photographers Who Inspire: | Angela Weedon

by Liz LaBianca
Please welcome Dallas area photographer, Angela Weedon.  Angela and her husband Matt have been photographing the families of Dallas, TX since 2000. Angela provides amazing insight and advice in this Photographers Who Inspire interview.  Be sure to check out her website and beautiful studio located right next door to their home!

Who was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?
Honestly when we started, there weren’t too many other people doing what we do. Matt and I had just returned back to the states after living overseas — we worked as scuba instructors and dive crew on a live-aboard dive boat in the Pacific, and we supplemented our income with underwater stock photography. We had tons of photo equipment that needed to be put to work! I began taking photos of my nephew and friends’ kids. After taking dark room classes at a community college, I knew I wanted to specialize in black and white fine art photography. In addition to our small client base at the time, I shot for Christine Meeker, a photographer out of Houston, as her Dallas base. She and her husband Mark have a wonderful business, and they priced their work very well. I learned so much from them (and was very inspired by them) in that year. I think right now who inspires me most are Bobbi and Mike, out of Indianapolis. We had our family photographed by them last year. With each blog post I see from them, I am amazed at the emotion and FUN they bring out of their subjects. I really think the rapport and ease a subject has with the photographer makes or breaks an image. Of course, I am also very inspired by Barb Uil….who isn’t? ;)

What was the hardest part of starting your own business? What do you wish you would have known?
The hardest part of starting our business was figuring out that I couldn’t do it all on my own! In the beginning, I was answering the phone, doing the shoots solo, doing the sales, printing everything in the dark room myself, etc. Well that lasted about 3 months. I think I had a total of 5 hours of sleep that whole time. Matt was still marketing his travel photography to magazines and books when I asked him if he could answer the phone and start assisting me at the shoots to change the film and hold the reflector. Well that quickly morphed into him running the entire business, being the most amazing photo assistant/ kid wrangler in history, and having such a great relationship with our clients that we joke he is the most popular therapist in Dallas. These moms tell him everything! ;) Matt had always had is own business. He went to his first tax preparation seminar at age 12 for his lawn business he owned for 10 years! I am a firm believer that if you want your business to actually be successful, it must be run with someone with a business mind. I really don’t have that, so we make a great team.

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Photographers Who Inspire | Meg Bitton

by Liz LaBianca

Prepare to be inspired!  No props, no poses …just  the authentic  beauty in the simplest and purest of forms. Inspire Me Baby is excited to give you a glimpse into the quiet brilliance of Meg Bitton Photography.

Who was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?
My first daughter was my original inspiration and continues to be my greatest source of inspiration, followed by my sons. Watching them grow and learn and change everyday has to be the most amazing thing I have ever experienced and to be able to document it is a gift beyond comprehension.

What was the hardest part of starting your own business? What do you wish you would have known?
I guess learning to show people that no one can do what I do was the hardest thing for me. Making people understand that every photographer has a special something to offer, and my potential clients want MINE. I wish I had known when I started that there is no finish line, that this journey is ever evolving.


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Photographers Who Inspire | Angie Monson

by Liz LaBianca
Continuing with one of our most popular features, Photographers Who Inspire, this week Liz interviews Salt Lake City portrait photographer Angie Monson.

 

 

Who was your original inspiration when you started your business? Who inspires you now?
Brianna Graham & Audrey Woulard

What was the hardest part of starting your own business? What do you wish you would have known?
Just getting my name out there… but really at the time I started there wasn’t an influx of children’s photographers so it wasn’t as hard as it is now. I wish I would have taken more control over my sessions the first few years. I really let the client be in control… which made the photos suffer.

Tell us about your favorite lens and why it is #1 in your camera bag over your other lenses.
85mm 1.4 hands down. I love the creamy bokeh, plain and simple. I like how compressed the images are so it really focuses on your subject instead of the background.

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