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Rising Stars: Meet Tori Poulin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tori Poulin.

Hi Tori, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have been doing photography for about four years now and I am 16 years old! Ever since I got my first camera for Christmas, I have been so eager to get better and better to get where I am today with photography. My love for photography has grown the most over my high school years! I have been taking photography at my school and that has really brought me out of my comfort zone and has taught me some really cool things that I wouldn’t be able to teach myself. I am based out of Gilbert, Arizona but I often take clients in Mesa, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Payson, Sedona, and Flagstaff…..basically all over Arizona! I absolutely love to travel so I am willing to practically go wherever! I strive to provide high-quality photos capturing special moments at an affordable price!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I will admit nothing in life is easy and I have had to learn that the hard way. With photography because I started when I was 13, my struggle was getting exposure at a young age. Many clients don’t want to hire a 13 or 14 years old to take their family pictures. Because I was so young, transportation from my home to the photoshoot location was very difficult. Luckily once I turned 16, I was able to drive myself and people would hire me for my work not my age.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in couples photography! I love being able to connect and capture raw emotion and laughter with each of my clients. I absolutely love to do graduation photos, maternity photos, and family photos! I am known for being a young and successful entrepreneur. I have a passion for photography and that passion has been my biggest motivation. I am the most proud of how far I have come over the past four years. I started as this little 13 years old girl who didn’t know how to use a camera to being a photographer that other photographers that have been in the industry for years look up to. I think overall, age definitely sets me apart from others. People hire me for the quality of my work, not my age.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
I absolutely love the app Preview! As a photographer, social media is the biggest way to advertise. With that being said, I need my social media to be pleasing to the eye. I use preview to plan out each of my Instagram posts so my Instagram portfolio looks perfect!

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