Business Name: Kim Bourquin Photography
Name: Kim Bourquin
Location: Helotes, Texas
Website: Kim Bourquin Photography
Facebook: Kim Bourquin Photography
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Kim Bourquin. I picked up my first DSLR camera 3 1/2 years ago with the intention of building a photography business. I spent the first year and half learning everything I could and practicing like crazy. I officially established Kim Bourquin Photography almost two years ago. There is so much more to a photography business than I ever imagined but I enjoy the challenge and the process of always learning! I’ve begun to specialize and focus my marketing efforts on families and seniors.
|What is in your gear bag?
I shoot with a Canon 6D and my go to lens is my Canon 70-200 2.8. At every session, you’ll see me with my little red wagon loaded with my camera bag, pop-up changing tent, reflector, and step stool. (Short people problems!!)
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
When my father passed away, the items my siblings and I valued the most were his old albums and boxes of photos. Then, after feeling the devastation of a failed hard drive and no backup, I really came to appreciate the value and importance of having a tangible product. While I enjoy the entire process with every person I photograph, I especially love sitting down, sharing their photos with them, and helping them decide on their final products. It fuels my passion to have clients who love their photos and for them to have a final product when we are done. I feel like my job is complete and that I’ve done everything I can for them.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
Gosh, only one obstacle? There are so many things I’ve overcome on this journey. I would say one of the most significant obstacles I overcame was learning to get my photos right in camera. As a new photographer, I used editing as a crutch and would spend countless hours trying to fix things in post. My style was all over the place. Once I learned to shoot in manual and nail exposure in the camera, I didn’t need to fix things in post. I was able to achieve the clean look I wanted to very little post processing.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
In order to focus myself and my goals, I started to use what I call a double yes test when it came time to make any decision about my business. I ask myself two questions: 1) Does this help my “why”? My why is I started this business to have an income but still be able to be there for my kids. 2) Does this help me reach my goal? It needs to be a double yes to my questions in order for my answer to be a yes. This keeps it simple and keeps me on track and focused on the reasons I started my business in the first place.