Business Name: Shawn Habermehl Photography
Name: Shawn Habermehl
Location: Roseville, California
Facebook: Shawn Habermehl Photography
Tell us about yourself and your business.
HI there! I am based in Northern California and focus mainly on high school senior sessions. I shoot all of my sessions outdoors using natural light and have found some beautiful locations for my clients to choose from in my surrounding area. My style is fun and casual and my goal in every session is to capture the true essence of my client. At the end of the day it’s the parents that want a natural and beautiful image of their child at this very special time of their lives. I find myself shooting a lot of my seniors families the following years when they come home from college. I have some of my clients from a few years ago that are now getting married and want me to shoot their weddings. I have now shot 4 weddings from my past seniors however my true passion is high school seniors and that is where my main focus will stay for years to come.
What is in your gear bag?
I shoot using a Canon 6D and my ultimate favorite lens is my 70-200 2.8 I also love my 135mm.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I think as a photographers we all inspire each other on a daily basis. At the end of the day it’s my clients that inspire me the most. This can be a grueling business at times and we can find ourselves insecure or unsure often, I think that if very normal. However, when I meet a client and shoot a session I find myself completely connected and inspired. It is a great feeling to feel confident in my skills at this stage of my career that I know at the end of the session I have captured beautiful images for my clients. Connecting with my clients and really taking the time to talk to them hear about their hopes and dreams inspires me the most. I feel honored every time I book a session and have the opportunity to work with these amazing young adults. I live in a very saturated market like so many others and so I never forget how blessed I am to continue to do what I do.
What is one obstacle you had when you first started you business? What did you do to overcome it?
Oh my goodness where do I start? The first thing that comes to my head is pricing. Like so many others I bought a camera and borrowed friends and family for many years trying to learn how to use my gear charging nothing as I learned. There was a time I was working 3 jobs as I was growing my photography business. I realized I was sabotaging myself and decided in 2016 to direct my focus on my photography business. I overcame this hurdle by quitting my other jobs and joined groups like The Twelfth Year for example. I find this group extremely helpful with all aspects of this business. It’s so much more than just taking pictures and my business grew by leaps and bounds in 2016.
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Find photographers in your area and network. There are plenty of people for all of us to have a thriving business. I have learned my most valuable lessons from other photographers sharing their tips and tricks to me as I was growing and I love paying it forward to others.