Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Weaver.
Hi Kristen, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I don’t think being a photographer really crossed my mind when I was younger. But I always had a camera in my hand and loved documenting my friends and family. It was the 90’s-2000’s, so I usually had one of those bulky 35mm film cameras. My dream was more about being a professional pop-star. In college, I studied advertising and marketing, and during a graphics class, we had to make a magazine cover. I grabbed a couple of friends and we took some photos in a local garden and I was hooked with portraiture! That turned into a hobby through my final years of college, and then a side-job while working a full-time marketing job. In 2009, I started my photography business full-time! Even though I transitioned over to digital cameras, I recently picked up film again and now shoot a hybrid of digital and medium format film.
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?
Haha, hello 2020?! I feel like it comes in waves. Getting started was pretty rocky and scary – but then I felt like my business and my work blossomed. I had a great handle on social media and was booking tons of weddings in countries all over the world! Then, in 2015 my mom was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and I wanted to stop traveling so much and focus a bit more on the family. The last couple of years were steady with the addition of a studio and a couple of employees. Then 2020 hit and I definitely feel like we’re in another of those uncertain waves. But it’s given me a great opportunity to refresh myself both professionally and personally – at least I’m trying to see the positive in our entire industry virtually shutting down! I’m hoping 2021 brings new hope and opportunity for all of us!
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a professional wedding photographer. I specialize in film hybrid shooting. Since I started, I’ve been known to bring my background in fashion photography into my weddings! I’ve always been praised for my calm under-pressure demeanor and the personal connections I’ve gotten to make with my clients! I’m most proud of building my brand – having a team that I work alongside and clients who have gotten to know and connect with us. I’m genuinely excited to see them every time we have a shoot and love that feeling of pride when I send them a completed gallery! I guess, in the end, there are tons of photographers at different budgets – but there’s only one “me”! So that will always set me apart from the others in our industry!
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I’ve never had a mentor specifically, and I have a lot of social anxiety, which makes networking super difficult for me! I’d imagine a lot of artists are similar, so my best advice is to connect at deeper levels with a smaller network of people. Keep your inner circle tight – rather than trying to spread yourself too thin to meet as many people as you can. Those deeper, more intimate relationships will lead to more mutual friends and connections within your industry.
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- Website: http://kristenweaver.com
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