Business Name: Belle Marie Photography
Name: Olivia Smith
Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Tell us about yourself and your business.
I have been doing photography for 5 years and specializing in senior portraits for a year, I have lived in Southern California my entire life till I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota about 3 months ago for my husbands job. I am so in love with this city and state and cannot wait for spring to come so I can start doing sessions. Being from CA where it is always warm that is the biggest adjustment so far. I am also offering video to my seniors and creating a fusion of photos and video and capturing who they are in that exact moment, their laugh and everything about them brings me such joy!
What is in your gear bag?
I am a Nikon girl, my D600 is my main camera and I have my 50mm 1.8/f and 85mm 1.8/f. I also have my spider holster and teal hand strap that is my new obsession!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from my seniors, what they are doing, the music and trends they are into. What they look for in a senior photographer and how they want their senior photos to look is a huge thing for me. I am doing this because I love art and photography, but really to make my girls love their images and for them to never go out of style.
What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
Being in CA as a senior photographer was a really big obstacle for me, not sure why but since moving the ball has started rolling with all of the work and effort I have been doing for the past year for my business. But one major obstacle I am sure every photographer goes though is charging what you are worth and getting the courage to do that. It became easier for me with lots of years of practice and learning how to become a better photographer and never settling for anything less than 100%.
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
One of the best things I ever did was to stop comparing myself to others and getting myself depressed wondering if I would ever get that many clients or take photos that beautiful. I decided to stay in my own lane and practice till I got better and in a place where I could look at my work and be happy, and look at others work and appreciate it but not envy them and compare myself to them. And that was to stop looking at everyone else and just to focus on what I was doing and how I could become a better photographer.