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Meet Stewart Blaquiere of Blaq Canvas Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stewart Blaquiere.

Hi Stewart, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
In 2010 I enlisted in the United States Air Force and was eventually stationed at a based in New Mexico. There was very little to do around town so I had to figure out ways to entertain myself. One day I noticed a sale at the local base store for a DSLR camera. I remember I enjoyed picture taking as a teen so I figured I’d play around with it again. At first, I took photos of buildings and landscape, but eventually, I asked one of my friends if they would model for me. Ever since then, I have been non-stop working with people to improve my craft. Fast forward to 2020, I registered my business “Blaq Canvas Photography” in January.

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?
If you don’t pursue photography as a business, than the craft itself isn’t that rough. You can just shoot what you want and be very nonchalant with it. However, I’m really learning this year that going full force as a business is challenging. It almost feels as if I’m an advertiser and salesmen first and a photographer second. I have a high amount of confidence in my photo quality, but my other skills need improvement!

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Blaq Canvas Photography?
My business specializes in natural light portrait photography. With nearly ten years of experience, I feel confident that I can give my clients what they need! However, ever since I registered the business at the beginning of the year, I’ve had to shift my advertised niches. At the moment, you will see me often advertise for boudoir and engagements/weddings. My business offers a high-quality service with a very competitive turnaround time. When my clients work with me, they get my full attention to detail before, during, and after the shoot. I’m very involved with the planning processes for shoots because I emphasize the importance of having a vision and executing it. Additionally, my clients have 24/7 access to my support if they require specific edit requests to photos from our sessions.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
COVID has taught me to advertise into strength – meaning adjusting budget to meet increased customer acquisition costs. Being able to accept the pandemic for what it is has saved me from throwing away so much money.

Contact Info:

Image Credits
Alexa: @alexaz_schu Hannah: @hannahgavalda Sophie: @model_stat Eleonor: @eleonornicole Scarlet: @scarletbegonias_wildroses

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