Starting Snapshot Studio: Interest < Hobby < Business
Updated: Aug 29, 2022
The Creative Type
I sang, danced, and acted my way through high school. I loved drawing with my sister and I took creative classes where I could, like piano and photoshop. That was also who I surrounded myself with. I knew so many creatives that I felt constantly inspired.
In 2011, I bought my first camera as an impulse buy. I was working at target and it was on sale. I still have it today and use it for my business; the Canon Rebel T3 with a kit lens.
I spent so much time playing with it and taking pictures of everything I could find; leaves, grass, snow, flowers. Eventually, I moved on to taking pictures of my nieces, then my brother, then my family.
After a few years, I realized that I felt something special about taking pictures of people. I started asking if I could take pictures of my friends and coworkers.
Passion with a purpose
People asked me why I took so many pictures and if I was going to do anything with it. I decided to test this idea out by purchasing a 50mm lens and taking my brother's senior photos, then the senior photos for a coworker. After a few of these, I knew I wanted to do something with it. It felt right.
The next step was to feel more confident behind the camera and to build up a portfolio. I did several more pro-bono photoshoots with a new 85mm lens and I started telling my friends and family that I was serious about it. I was putting my intentions out there and letting my world know that this was the direction I was headed in.
The Business Begins
Finally, in 2020, I felt ready. I had the equipment, the experience, and a portfolio. I created a website, researched other photographers around me, made my business plans, and registered. It felt so real when I opened my business certificate.
My good friend at WanderLoveMedia later gifted me an upgrade to my camera; a used Canon 5D Mark II. As someone who has become obsessed with image resolution and clarity, this made my eyes very happy.
Here I am, more than a year later, happy with the decisions I made and enjoying every shot. I look forward to continue building and sharing memories and moments with my clients. Thank you!