Business Name: Karen Stauffer Photography
Name: Karen Stauffer
Location: Bloomington, IL
Tell us about yourself and your business.
I am a wedding & senior photographer based in Bloomington, IL. I have been in business for 5 years. I would describe my style as Crisp, Clean yet bold.
What is in your gear bag?
Canon Mark III, Canon 600ex-rt speed lights, 70-200mm lens, 85mm lens, 100mm Macro Lens, MagMod System, 24-70 lens. I have to say I love gear. 🙂 I love the variety the lenses give me.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from magazines, talking about ideas with my clients, and lots of times its just seeing light fall on a subject and thinking OH, This would look good! and trying it!
What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I had when first starting my business is pricing myself. I started out super low and burned myself out staying so busy. I finally got to the point that I had to charge more to make it worth my time away from my family or quit. So I did the cost of doing business analysis and priced myself accordingly. It was scary but totally worth it.
Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
Be YOU. And do it well. Just because the rest of the photographers are doing something doesn’t mean its right for YOU. Stay true to who YOU are.