Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Norberg.
Hi Sydney, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in College Park. My upbringing fostered a lot of creativity in me, from acting to singing to playing piano as a high schooler. Throughout my high school experience, I became really determined to make my own money and really started loving the feeling of entrepreneurship. My dad was a huge influence on me as he is a business owner. I got to see the ups & downs of entrepreneurship through him and fell in love with the process. Even as a 17-year-old high schooler, I knew I would never work for anyone but myself.
After graduating high school, I quickly jumped into photography and moved my way into the wedding industry at 18 years old. I shot my first wedding at 19 years old and never looked back. I dropped out of college so after and pursued wedding photography as a career. Today, at the age of 24, I can proudly say that I am a full-time destination wedding photographer and entrepreneur traveling around the United States to shoot my couples’ beautiful and intimate wedding days. At 19 years old, I never would have imagined actually be here, that I would achieve the dreams I wrote down in my journal fresh out of high school. My underlining mission in my career, wherever that may take me in the next few years, is to encourage young men & women to fiercely & confidently pursue their outlandish dream. Because if an 18-year-old girl from little College Park, Florida can pursue her dreams for a living, so can you.
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?
My journey has been far from smooth. Pursuing a serious career at a young age was definitely not normal among my friends or peers. For years, it was such a challenge to cultivate a community for myself that was understanding, like-minded & supportive. I can say that now I have an amazing community of friends who understand the struggles of owning a business and have been there for me in the hardest times. Another struggle I’ve had to face over the years is confidence. Being so young, jumping into a massive & competitive industry was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My confidence out of high school was extremely low. I was very fragile & my mindset was completely holding me back from pursuing the opportunities I always wanted. I was in a toxic relationship at the time of starting out, which truly affected my ability to move forward in my career. Once this relationship ended, I felt free to make mistakes & learn from them, to take all of the opportunity I could find & fiercely pursue my dream.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in documentative and natural light wedding photography. I am known for my warm editing & shooting style that bring out my couples’ candid and joyful moments. I am so proud of my work and how I’ve built a clientele who understands my style of photography. It’s the most rewarding feeling to capture moments that I know my clients will look back on for years & years. I think what really sets me apart from other photographers is my connection with my couples. I have implemented many parts of my photography experience to cultivate community. It’s my top priority in my business to make my clients feel completely comfortable with me before, during and even after the wedding. I can say that most of the couples become amazing friends after my “scope of work” is all said and done.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Absolutely! I have learned two major lessons: 1. I need to okay with pivoting. Over half of my work and income left me within just a few weeks. I had to quickly think of my feet and humble myself to be able to pivot my business. This was a lesson I’m so thankful I got to learn. Now, I feel confident in pivoting within my career and going with the flow of my surroundings. 2. I need to work with people who value what I have to offer. As a business owner, I give up time with family, I give up weekends and a lot of personal time to serve my clients to the very best of my ability. Throughout the COIVD-19 crisis, I have come to the realization that some people, unfortunately, do not respect that sacrifice and that is OK.
- Starting photography investment is $5000
- Packages range from $5000-8000 for 2022 wedding dates
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: sydneymarie.co
- Instagram: sydneymariephotography
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