Business Name: Studio Four 13 Photography
Name: Cristina Gagliano
Location: Miami, FL
|Tell us about yourself and your business.
Currently I specialize in teen and dance photography in Miami, Florida. Miami is a gorgeous city with amazing weather. Luckily, that means we are blessed with getting to photograph on location pretty much year round. My style is modern and simple. I do not like to choose elaborate backgrounds and use the city as my prop.
|What is in your gear bag?
Currently I use a Canon Markiii with an 85 1.2L and a 24-70 2.8ii. I love my black Cabriolet Shutterbag to carry it all in.
|Where do you draw inspiration from?
I love Sue Bryce and her eduction forum. She is so inspirational! Her site allows me to collaborate with so many photographers all around the world. That collaboration gives me confidence to try new things that I otherwise would never feel comfortable attempting.
|What is one obstacle you had when you first started your business? What did you do to overcome it?
One of the biggest obstacles was figuring out my niche. I started photographing all types of genres. I took a class and one of the requirements was to use a teen model. After that assignment I was hooked. I changed my branding, website, everything to target the teen demographic.
|Please share one tip that you found to be successful to share with other photographers.
When starting out it is only common to compare yourselves to others, however step away from the comparison board. Find groups of other photographers that will help mentor you in photography and business. Continue learning and practice, practice, practice.