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Life & Work with Aislinn McKenna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aislinn McKenna.

Hi Aislinn, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My journey began in high school, I started my business at 16 years old and shot my first wedding when I was 18. That was over ten years ago. Since then, I went full-time as a wedding photographer and moved my business to multiple cities and states. In my early years as an entrepreneur, I sought after internships and apprenticeships with photographers I admired. I am grateful to every mentor that took me under their wing. A big part of who I am today is because of those mentors and teachers. I wasn’t afraid to ask for help or seek out the wisdom of people further down the path of entrepreneurship. Every year, I invest heavily in my education and skills. Sometimes that is a business coach. Other times it’s a course or a workshop to hone certain skills. Over the past three years, I have grown my business on a regional scale. We photograph weddings all over the Southeast and have clients who live all over the world. Last year, we were featured in Martha Stewart Weddings twice which is one of the biggest honors of my career so far.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have been blessed in many ways along the way with mentors, friends, and colleagues. Life is rarely smooth, but I am grateful to have a network of friends across the country to cheer me on and support me. Some of the struggles I have faced were largely internal. The questions of “Am I good enough to sit at this table?” or “What if I burn out?”. Those questions have been a struggle for me since the beginning. As I hit my 10th year in the wedding industry, I have seen so many things change over the years. I was lucky that I started my entrepreneurial adventure so young because I was already being forced to be flexible, resilient, and adaptable. The external struggles I faced were moving my business to different cities and three years ago moving our business to a new state. I knew that meant I would have to have a more regional approach to my marketing rather than city-specific.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a destination wedding photographer and I specialize in creating imagery that is distinctive and evocative by using a non-intrusive approach to a wedding day. I am known for my relationship building and ability to hold space for people. I am incredibly proud of the 2 Martha Stewart Wedding features we have had and look forward to celebrating more accolades as they happen. I view the world through a lens that is unique and use that perspective to ask deep questions and get beyond surface-level interactions. It allows me to create pieces of art that draw the viewer in.

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?
Having a solid contract is worth its weight in gold. With the vast amounts of confusion and information out there, I have learned that my clients are seeking clear communication and boundaries of options. If you have a vague contract, you are not doing anyone any favors because it puts you and your client in a position to misunderstand each other. The other lesson is that microweddings are not a curse or punishment. They are a beautiful and intimate celebration and can be big in style and substance.

Pricing:

  • Minimum destination investment: $11,200

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Image Credits
Ais Portraits

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