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Art & Life with Diana Irving

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Irving.

Diana, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Like so many other photographers, I’ve always had a little bit of a creative itch and loved taking photos. But I believe those two things aren’t enough for someone to make it in this industry. I learned very quickly that being a creative business owner is HARD! You’ve got to have a deeper WHY to keep it going.

When I start something, my motto is to either dig in or just pay someone else to do it well. I become passionate and committed to the things I choose to dedicate time to. Stumbling upon a rabbit hole of amazing online photography courses that allowed me to find a super supportive online community played a big role in what transformed me “the picture taker person” into a professional photographer.

After delivering my third baby, I left my career as a Labor & Delivery RN-BSN to stay home full time with my kids. Some time passed and I really missed having something of my own that I was good at, truly enjoyed and gave me a way to serve others. I found my first online education course at that time and became seriously addicted to photography education!! Soon after, Diana Irving Photography was born! Becoming a Phoenix, Arizona wedding and portrait photographer has been an awesome journey!!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
As a wedding and portrait photographer, I thrive on creating an amazing experience for my couples and families free of overwhelm. I believe that trust is the foundation of a great experience, people come first, communication is key, and that every client deserves to be served well.

There are a few tricks up my sleeve that help my brides and mothers prepare ahead of time so they can relax and enjoy their big day or time on session with me. When my clients trust that it’s all being handled the way they had hoped, I can easily create a beautiful final gallery of a variety of images full of authenticity, love, joy, and connection!

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Everyone’s journey is different and each of us grow at a different pace due to a laundry list of reasons. I was an “old lady” in this industry with three wild kids when I started mine. We’ve all heard the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. My advice would be that slow and steady absolutely CAN win the race. And along the way, keep shooting, go out and MAKE opportunities happen for yourself, keep “pushing the boulder up the hill” as photography educators Amy & Jordan Demos have taught me.

It’s super important to do what you can with what you have, then add gear and other equipment to your collection as you go. As mentioned in my journey to becoming a photographer, quality education is priceless!! You cannot create magic with expensive gear if you don’t know how to adjust your settings, control the light, or adapt to any shooting environment you may find yourself in. I very strongly believe that seeking out great education trumps buying fabulous gear! There are no shortcuts there, it’s worth saving for!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram is my favorite place to connect with friends, potential clients and other photographers. Come follow along and say hey! It’s always a treat to find a DM from someone new!

You can find out more about me and the new Diana Irving Photography brand on my new website: dianairvingphotography.com.

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Diana Irving; Diana Irving Photography, LLC

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