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Meet Emily Blumenreich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Blumenreich.

Emily, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Hi, my name is Emily Blumenreich and I am a young photographer. I have always loved the arts, and all things creative (I love dancing, writing, painting). My unique experience is that in my teen years I discovered a way to combine my many interests into one creative art form and then launch that into my own small business. I started taking photos on my small iPhone or small Canon Powershot about five years ago (7th grade). I would primarily take photos of flowers, or my food at restaurants. I started seeing friends with Canon DSLR and began trying to find excuses to play with them. In 8th grade, I asked for Amazon gift cards which I used to buy a Canon Rebel t6i for my 13th birthday.

After dreaming about using it for months, and watching every possible video out there, I went on my first few photoshoots with my friends. I would only really get a few good photos from the shoot, and I would edit them with the apps on my phone. I kept practicing until I started creating images I was proud of. A couple of months later (in February), my parents suggested I start a business out of my passion, so from that idea, I created a website featuring the few shoots I had been on and my family and friends helped spread the word about my work. It took a little time and then my business began to more fully take off that next fall when I was hired to shoot headshots for a realtor who had seen a post about me on NextDoor. After that, I went on my first family photo session. And then my second. And then my third. Soon, I was doing parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, sports games, dance photos, senior photos, etc. I edit using professional software, I have business cards, and an upgraded lens, and a booked calendar. I could have never imagined how far I would come in three and a half years, but it has been incredible!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have made my fair share of mistakes. The first time I went out to take pictures with a friend, I re-formatted the SD card after, permanently losing every photo I took! Running my own business while still being a high schooler has its drawbacks, such as preparing for finals, while going to dance rehearsals, and keeping up with photoshoots/editing. It can get pretty stressful. However, I love being able to decide how much I make and determine my hours. Overall, I feel that my journey has been smoother than most, but it hasn’t been easy. I take my computer with me everywhere now, editing whenever I have the chance. It’s hard work, but I love having the opportunity to share my passion with people, work for myself, and learn this new world of communication and business ideals.

Please tell us about your work.
I typically shoot outdoor photography of people. I mainly do family photos, senior photos, special events (Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, Sports, fundraisers, etc.), headshots, and dance photos. I am very flexible with what I shoot. I am known for giving high quality images at a cheaper price. I don’t try to rip off my clients. For the price of their shoot, they get every photo back on a flash drive (except for the duplicates and the “blinking” photos). I am proud of how much work I put in. I offer a fresher eye, which is especially helpful to those who don’t want a typical photoshoot. Since I am still a teenager, seniors feel more comfortable with me when getting their photos taken. I usually give back three different versions of each photo: simple (few touch ups), black and white, and an artsier, more creative version. I don’t want the outcome to be fake. I pride myself in taking photos of people that show their personalities. I love getting creative and having fun, and my photos reflect that. I want my clients to feel the photoshoots are easy and enjoyable.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success means a lot of different things. Being in high demand and being able to control how you run your business determines what, to me, a successful business is. In life, a successful person is one who can be happy with what they do, who they are, and who they are with. I look at success as something that I have achieved and am still achieving. I am proud of where I have come, but I know there is still so much out there for me to accomplish.

Pricing:

  • 1-1.5 hour solo portrait session; 1 Outfit, Minimum of 150 Pictures (Typical Senior Portrait Session): $90
  • Family Photo Session Up to 2 Hours Minimum of 100 Pictures: $100
  • Special Event (Quinceañera, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding) Minimum of 600 photos: $300 + (depending on the amount of time)
  • More prices available on my website

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Image Credit:
Models: Charlotte Lockhart, Brooklynn Nelson, Kathy Chen, Claire Curtis, Anna and Malin Travis, Gabriella and Gwen Franconi, & Sophi Moyer

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