Business Name: Brittingham Photography
Name: Andrea Brittingham
Location: Puyallup, WA
Website: Brittingham Photography
Facebook: Brittingham Photography
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
I am going on my second year in business and have been trying to hit the ground running. My main focus is high school seniors and I absolutely love it! Working with seniors has been much more fulfilling than I could have imagined. We’ve seen hard days and amazing together and it’s all been a learning process. I am lucky to live very near Mount Rainier and many other gorgeous settings. My sweet dog Koda, also know as “Kodapants”, can often be seen wandering the outdoors with me and occasionally you’ll spot her on shoots- she even has her own Instagram. I am also known for cuddling with my kitties, Artemis and Caspian, hanging out in coffee shops with my friends and day tripping with my husband.
|What is in your gear bag?
Nikon D610, Nikon 70-200 VRII, Nikon 50 1.4, Nikon 105 2.8 & Sigma Art 35 1.4
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
I am TOTALLY a PNW girl at heart. My photos often reflect as so! If I could limit my shooting backdrop to three things, they would be Mountains/Hills, the PNW coffee shop & wildflowers.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
Obsessing over other people’s work. For sure. It’s easy to find yourself looking at the work of others than being inspired by the things that ACTUALLY inspire you. After being involved in far too many networking groups, I made the decision to leave all of them but one. While networking can certainly be very beneficial, it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Since leaving the groups, I have never looked back! The group I decided to stay in and become more involved is the Rising Tide Society. I enjoy that the group is for creatives and the structure with topics, so it’s become more of a “how can we all as creatives, better our business and selves” type of a dynamic.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Do some soul searching and figure out who you really are. It takes a while, but once you discover what’s you and not everyone else, it gives you a more clear path to what you want to achieve in the future.