Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura-Grace Coley.
Hi Laura-Grace, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started with photography in high school after being terribly jealous of my sister’s DSLR. I got my very own base model canon soon after and have had a DSLR stuck to my side ever since! I started entering photo competitions as a way to stay creative through high school and was pleased to place often. Through college, I continued to capture moments for my friends like headshots and graduations, which eventually led to me creating my own LLC and moving my career goals to fall more in line with being a photo creative. Now I help run a photography studio here in Orlando while creating editorial content and capturing life’s moments for clients.
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? Nothing good is ever easy! Part of being a creative is being turned down, A LOT. It got easier as I surrounded myself with like-minded individuals who are as driven as me to create stunning photographic moments. Having the passion and desire to do more and do better makes the bumpy road bearable. It took time, but my rejections are starting to dwindle, and my acceptance by multiple publications and clients is ever-growing. And for that, I’m appreciative.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am the biggest fan of conceptual photography! I love having clients and models get a little weird with the space given to them and producing eye-catching and provoking content. The colors I create are the most talked about subject of any piece I publish. I’m a sucker for sharp and bright tones that cut across your feed. Subtly and muted are not part of my vocabulary. I’m most proud of the connections I make with new clients. Their trust in me, the fun they have while shooting, and the amazement at seeing their galleries; it’s what makes my job so rewarding.
What does success mean to you?
Success is different for everyone. I like taking in all my little successes daily, so I don’t become overwhelmed by some of the things I have yet to complete. While previously I was celebrating my large successes like being published or fully booking my calendar, I’m now more capable of celebrating some of my business’s smaller aspects, like a perfectly delivered gallery.
- $250 per outdoor session
- $350 per studio session
- $150 mini sessions
- Email: Hyphengracephotography@gmail.com
- Website: HyphenGPhotography.com
- Instagram: HyphenGPhotography
- Facebook: Facebook.com/hyphengphotography
Jasmine Kendrick Rachel Hathaway Bettie Haze Stephanie Oustalet Brittany Michelle Yashira Torres Kim & Thomas Stokes