Business Name: Amanda Wiggins
Name: Amanda Wiggins
Location: Galion, Ohio
Website: Amanda Wiggins
Facebook: Amanda Wiggins Photography
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
I’d love to! I graduated from college with a degree in Graphic Design and accidentally landed myself in the senior photography business almost two years ago. I’m home-based (for now), completely passionate about true beauty, and love going on adventures with my seniors. This is a career path that I NEVER thought I would take, but I’m delighted by my job, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
|What is in your gear bag?
Canon 6D; Sigma Art 35mm 1.4; 85mm 1.8; 2 5-in-1 reflectors; lots of Starbucks straw wrappers
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
More often than not, it’s the senior that inspires how I shoot. But I’m intrigued by fashion and editorial photography, and I’m finding that when I create something I’m proud of, it lends towards those genres.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
I think that the cliché for emerging photographers is that you have to “try to set yourself apart”. And that’s a truly difficult thing to do when there is so much information being thrown at you on every aspect of becoming not just a photographer, but a business owner. There are so many opinions, and the pressure is high to conform to a standard of sorts. For the longest time I kept tabs on who I thought was my competition and tried to stay one step ahead of them. But it wasn’t until sometime last year where I knew that the only way I could set myself apart would be to actually step away from the competition and just focus on the joy I get from seeing the smiles on my seniors’ faces when I show them the back of the camera, or handing a box of tissues to moms when they see the slideshow. When my fulfillment came more from the journey I took with my clients than from the satisfaction of winning the race against the competition, the “setting yourself apart” thing just happened naturally.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Plan your sessions ahead of time. Sketch out your pose ideas. Ask tons of questions about outfits and locations, and try to make sure that the two don’t clash – and if they do, steer your client to make decisions that you feel would create a better aesthetic. When you take the time to thoroughly plan a session with your client, you go into it with confidence and a clear mind.