Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Baker.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My photography journey started when I graduated high school in 2015 and my parents bought me an entry level camera as a graduation gift. I started taking pictures of my everyday life, friends and family. That summer I devoted a lot of time to teaching myself everything I could about my camera and how to take better photos. I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos! Later that fall I randomly decided to set up a little photoshoot with one of my friends kids just for fun. My friend ended up loving the photos and she paid me for the photos! I was not expecting to be paid at all. After that my wheels started turning and I realized that photography is really fun and people are willing to pay me for my work. I started coming up with a little business plan. I made some little business cards and started handing them out to people I knew. I never could have imagined that my little business idea would become as successful as it has been. I now do all kinds of photography and videography, from weddings to family portraits, births and senior portraits. I have devoted a lot of time to growing this business. I have grown my social media from 0 to over 1500 followers. It definitely hasn’t been easy but it is so worth it!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road to where I am now has not always been easy. I had months were I was busy and months were I maybe only had one booking. Starting a business as a college student takes a lot of dedication and is not for people who give up easily. There have been times where balancing homework, a social life and my business was very stressful. I have learned that I need to have a thick skin in this industry. Not everyone is going to like my work and that is ok! Everyone has different styles and taste.
Please tell us about Rachel Baker Photos & Films.
Rachel Baker Photos & Films is a photography and videography company based out of Phoenix, Arizona. My work has a lifestyle/candid style. My goal with my work is to capture real moments and emotions that my clients will treasure forever. During a session with me I try to keep my clients moving and interacting with each other rather than standing in awkward poses. What I love about my job is that my work has the ability to transport people back to moments and memories.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over I don’t think I would have done anything differently. I am very lucky to have had so much support from family and friends and that really was helpful in growing my business at such a young age. The local photography community in this area is so full of wonderful people and through that I have met some amazing photographer friends. It is so important to have a friends like that who you can go to with business questions and who are willing to help.
- Website: rachelbakerphotosandfilms.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/rachel_baker_photo
- Facebook: facebook.com/rachelbakerphoto
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xDCdBNFgg12MeRfY6z_kA?view_as=subscriber
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