Rachel Wilkerson Miller Wandeleur Shoot

Rachel Miller Wandeleur Feature

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.

Rachel Miller Wandeleur Feature

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!

Wandeleur_Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller Wandeleur Feature

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.

Rachel Miller Wandeleur Feature

 

Rachel Miller Wandeleur Feature

 

Rachel Miller Wandeleur Feature

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.

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  • Wow! These photos are really great! You are so talented girl!
    xo,
    Ash

    • cassandramonroe

      Thanks Ashley!!

  • Your photography is amazing!! You have a great eye and perspective!! I can’t wait to watch and see where you go next because I know that it is going to be amazing!

    • cassandramonroe

      Sarah, thank you for your kind words! 🙂

  • Congratulations! It seems like you’re in the midst of an exciting time. Your photography is fantastic!

    • cassandramonroe

      Thank you Erica! Yes it feels like a lot is happening all of sudden! I feel like the hard work is paying off!

  • So many exciting things in one post! You know I totally think you should go for it with starting your own photography business! You will be beyond amazing and I’ll be itching to help you develop the brand & business in anyway you need! Can’t wait for you to continue down the photography path! This shoot you did with Rachel is so lovely btw. That shot of her wrapping up the flowers is stunning.

    • cassandramonroe

      Thanks Ashley!! I’m definitely still in the WAYYY beginning stages of planning and brainstorming but you’ll be the first to know! And I need to do your home tour/ headshots too!

  • Love, love, LOVE this! You are doing such amazing things 🙂 I only wish you lived closer to Kansas City so we could work together! If I find an amazing house for you to flip, would you consider it? 😉

    • cassandramonroe

      YES! Of course!! That’s part of business plan #2! I sound like I’m all over the place but I would love to do a job that consisted of house flipping, interior design and photography… Haha so I guess I could flip your home, then interior decorate it THEN photograph your home tour!

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