Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of making my side hustle photography business official. This has been a long time coming, but with all of my efforts being put into the house, I haven’t really taken the time to put serious thought into something that could be a great thing for me. Although I’ve done a couple weddings here and portraits there, making this business official would definitely solidify a future for me and allow me to work with newer (and returning) clients. I would offer my photography services for both traditional (wedding, engagement, portraits, lifestyle) and fellow creative (bloggers, business owners, artists) clients. The wedding photography industry definitely intimidates me but if I start with as a small thumbprint and organically continue to grow in clientele and improve in photography, I am confident that I’ll find my place.
Ideally, I would love shooting styled shoots and lifestyle or styled food and product related photography as well. So over the summer, I’m going to do a LOT of planning, researching and portfolio building so I can turn this side hustle into something bigger and better. I’m also planning a big rebrand and redesign for this blog as well and I’m hoping I can integrate both the photography biz/portfolio and blog together. I’m aiming for all of this to be launched by January 2016.
So, speaking of photography, I had the opportunity to shoot Buzzfeed Senior Lifestyle Editor Rachel Wilkerson Miller last week for a feature on Wandeleur, a Chicago-based lifestyle website for those who aspire + inspire. I was really excited about this project because A) huge fan of Buzzfeed here and to photograph and meet someone who works there would be awesome and B) it would actually be my first assigned shoot in NYC. Fun!
I met Rachel at the Buzzfeed test kitchen/apartment (a seriously naturally lit, gorgeous apartment that had Rachel and I thinking #lifegoals) and began shooting a series of lifestyle-related shots. Rachel mentioned in her feature that she loved arranging fresh flowers, so that was a natural element I wanted to capture. I also wanted to show a few elements of her desk accessories and the Buzzfeed site as well.
It was so great to pick up my camera again and shoot something other than food! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my photography business.