Business Name: Sandi Shipley Photography
Name: Sandi Shipley
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Website: Sandi Shipley Photography
Facebook: Sandi Shipley Photography
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
I am a Senior Portrait photographer based in Phoenix, AZ. This is my 2nd year specializing in seniors, but I have been in business for 5 years. I am a mom to three amazing kids, one of which is a High School Senior this year. Bring on all the feels!
My style is playful and fashion inspired. I do my best to make every girl that comes in front of my lens feel amazing about themselves while creating images that truly capture who they are in this season.
|What is in your gear bag?
I’m a Canon girl… Canon 6D, 24-70, 35mm, and 85mm. A reflector, lip gloss and a step stool are my can’t live without items on a shoot!
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
My biggest inspiration comes from my Seniors themselves. Getting to know them and what inspires them fuels the creativity in me! I also draw a lot of inspiration from living in Arizona and the Desert surroundings. I have fallen in love with shooting in the red mountains and among the cactus.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
Organization and time. There is so much more to being a successful photographer than just taking pictures. It takes time and intentional planning to run a business. I think the biggest help for me was surrounding myself with other photographers who were sharing knowledge and constantly striving to learn and grow. I am so grateful for the communities and forums that have encouraged me along the way, answered questions and provided feedback.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Don’t forget to refuel your creative batteries! We can get so caught up in shooting for our clients, that we can forget to play artistically. Grab a favorite senior and try out a new location or style, just for fun!