Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Buettner.
Hi Madison, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
The first time I picked up a “professional” camera was in High School. I started by taking a creative photography class that was focused entirely on landscape photography/street photography. I picked up a lot of different techniques and continued after the class was over. However, during college, I stopped taking photos and focused on my Animation major (which I ended up switching). When I switched my major, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, if I’m honest. But, I bought myself a new camera and started taking photos again, this time with a focus on portraits and I’ve never looked back. Since I went to the University of Central Florida, I focused my efforts on taking graduation photos (which I still do today). Once I got comfortable photographing people and comfortable with my settings on my camera, I moved into doing creative portraits. Creative Portrait photography is amazing and allows me to create a different type of art through my lens. I slowly began attending Styled Wedding Shoots, which allowed me gain experience in the Wedding industry. This only made me love capturing genuine connections between couples even more! While I love doing all types of lifestyle and creative portrait photography, my heart is with my couples and showcasing their love story.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Photography, like any art career, is a very saturated market. Over time and throughout the years, it’s only grown more popular. While many people think photography is about the photos (which don’t get me wrong, that is a huge part of it), it’s also about the experience you bring. At the beginning, it was slow when it came to booking clients. There were times when I would compare myself to other photographers and wonder what I was doing wrong. In any small business, you’re going to have to make a name for yourself, and that takes time. I am still experiencing slow times, but I keep my head up, knowing that if I put the hard work in, it will all be worth it.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I market myself as a Wedding + Couples photographer. I specialize in photographing couples (couple sessions, engagements, proposals) and Weddings (destination, elopements, micro-weddings, etc). However, I also photograph lifestyle (portrait sessions, graduates, families, maternity, baby announcements, etc.) and creative portraits. I am most proud of the experience I give to my clients. I pride myself on being able to create a comfortable and calm environment during my shoots. I think that this is what sets me apart from others. I make sure that each of my clients have an individualized experience from start to finish. For me, it’s not just about taking their photos, but it’s about getting to know them and making sure they have the best time during their shoot.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
At first, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen during this time. Everything was stuck, nothing was set in stone anymore. I think that Covid-19 had made me a more patient, stress-free person. In life, we tend to worry about the unknown, which is perfectly fine! But, at times, there are things that are out of our control. I feel as though through this time, I have been able to show my client that no matter what happens, it will all be worth it. Especially those clients who have had to postpone sessions or weddings. I think this time has made photography and special life events more special.
- Weddings start at $1,400
- Couple Session start at $350
- Lifestyle starts at $250
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: madisonleighphotography.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/madisonleigh.photography
- Facebook: facebook.com/madisonleighjpg