Business Name: Connie Etter Photography
Name: Connie Etter
Location: Martinsville, IN
Tell us about yourself and your business.
I began my photography adventure in 2008 after retiring as a Detective on the Indianapolis Metro Police Dept. Photography has been as equally exciting, challenging and rewarding. I’m 90% self taught and love to share my knowledge! I taught photography for 3 years for a local photography business in Indianapolis. As most Photographers it took a bit to find my speciality. After shooting a few High School Seniors I knew this is where my heart was. Being part of their special year and making them feel beautiful is truly rewarding. I opened my out of home studio in September 2016 at a beautiful old church which has been turned into a Art Sanctuary. My studio overlooks the old Sanctuary its self and is perfect. When my clients walk through the door they immediately get excited for the next several hours with me. (On a side note when I’m not shooting seniors you’ll find me in my backyard (Starbucks in hand) shooting my flowers and birds. This is my “happy place”. I have been published in Birds & Blooms magazine. My bucket list is to one day make their cover.
What is in your gear bag?
I’m a Canon girl. I shoot a 1DX and my backups are 5dMarkIV and 1DMarkIV. My “go to” lenses are my Canon 85 f1.2 and Canon 200 f2. If I need to go a bit wider I grab my 35 1.2. I’m more of a reflector kind of girl rather than flash especially since I take advantage of my f1.2 lenses. The gear I can not live without is my Spider Holster. If I forget to pack it i’m lost during the whole shoot.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Many places! Vogue Teen, Seventeen magazine and of course I look at different poses and styles on Pinterest. (yes, i’m a bit addicted). Check out my boards (wink wink). I also look at some of the top senior photographers in the industry to see what they are doing. One thing I have learned is not to compare myself to others but to be inspired by others.
What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
I think I still struggle with being a perfectionist. After processing my Raw files I bring them into photoshop and spend hours making sure every little detail is perfect. I overshoot sessions and have a hard time culling. Overcome it? I have yet to!! (happy face)
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
I think I would say— Learn your style and stick with it. “Shoot to make yourself happy” Only book clients that love your style. You might like shooting at f 1.2 or possibly the look of f8. You might like using a flash— or a reflector perhaps? Maybe you like over-exposed photos. I think you get my point. Photography is so subjective. Of course we all like nice comments. At the end of the day though “You have to make yourself happy”. Surround yourself with Positive!!!!