Specialty & Location: Children, Weddings, Families and Seniors. I'm located in what we Mid-west folks refer to as The Heartland, specifically St. Louis.
DA: Tell us a little bit about yourself...
MH: I always stall when I get asked this question. "How much info is too much?" "When do I cross the line of complete ridiculousness?" Well, I've had too much coffee this morning so I'm just going to go with what comes to me first. ---I'm a feisty red head with a vast love of the outdoors. I am mom to the most beautiful children in the universe, and wife to the most AH-mazing man. I talk to myself in the mirror, dance in my underwear more often than I should, and I walk like a gorilla every time I try to wear high heels. Not.graceful.one.single.bit.
DA: What has been your most memorable image and why?
MH: So many come to mind for so many different reasons. Right now I believe this one is the freshest in my mind. It's of my girl, roaming along as if she were the illusive Vivian Maier. You can't see it in this picture but she has a camera in her hands.
DA: If you could tell photographers that are just starting out one thing you wish you had known before starting a business, what would it be and why?
MH: Fostering healthy relationships with other photographers in your area is very important. Listening to the advice they can give you regarding running a successful business, pricing, etc. can be extremely helpful, and is crucial to a healthy market. I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't listened to the advice of others that had come before me.
DA: What is your favorite book of all time?
MH: I have always loved reading but I must say the first book to ever render me a sobbing mess was "Where the Red Fern Grows". I remember reading it in my advanced reading class in 7th grade. I had taken it home and was reading in my room when my mom entered. I was crying so hard I couldn't breathe. Her immediate response was, "What's wrong, did that boy break up with you?" Sha-right (insert Wayne's World dialect) mom...like I had a boyfriend! It was because Old Dan's intestines were ripped out by a mountain lion...geesh.
DA: What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
MH: I long to go to Europe. To see the green countrysides of Ireland, and the rolling hills of Italy. Oh sigh. Someone hire me to shoot your wedding there...please?
DA: What is your favorite film of all time?
MH: Anne of Green Gables. My dad and I would have weekend marathons, watching each episode from start to finish. He still calls me carrots. Anne (being a redhead like me) gave me the confidence to just be myself. I loved her spirit, hotheadedness, compassion, and wit. LONG LIVE ANNE!
Do you feel overworked and underpaid? Does it pain you to deliver digital images...but no album or wall portraits? Do you believe in tangible products, but don't think your market can support higher priced items?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you're not alone and there IS a solution:In-Person Sales. There's no limit to how much more money you can make by providing IPS instead of online sales or shoot & burn. Or how many hours you'll save because you'll be able to shoot fewer sessions to generate the same revenue. Or how many hours of sleep you'll get because you won't be worrying about money.