I was recently asked to photograph my friend and fellow photographer, Cindy Strickland, owner of A Moment Captured and current President of the Florida Professional Photographers (FPP). It’s always such an honor when another photographer asks me to take their portrait, but this was especially fun and special for me. Around four years ago, Cindy reached out to me and invited me to join our local photographers guild, Tallahassee Professional Photographers. I really didn’t want to go. See my story on that here. But after she insisted and I went to a meeting, I was totally in. Since then, I’ve become more involved in TPPG and been President for two years running, joined the FPP, and achieved my Certified Professional Photographer status and Photographic Craftsman through the Professional Photographers of America. I can honestly say that before Cindy pulled me into this crazy life, I had no idea any of this was out there. I’m so appreciative to her for giving me that push I needed to put myself out there. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
I just wanted to take a quick minute to acknowledge some super special people to me and my business, Mike and Emily Steiner. These guys were some of my first clients when I opened my business and quickly became dear friends. We had only one photo session at their home to photograph their first son, Milo. Before I knew it, they offered me a space at their house for my first office/studio. This moved me out of working from home and gave me a place I could meet with my clients and do a little shooting. There are so many photographers out there, struggling, looking to break into this business among a sea of others trying to do the same. Back when I was one of those people, these guys opened their doors, gave my business a leg up, and for nearly a YEAR let me come to their home every single day and work to get my business off the ground towards the success that it has become. Later, when I began outgrowing that space, Mike gave me a great opportunity to rent from him at one of his commercial properties and I’ve been off and running ever since. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have had that kind of help and opportunity when starting a small business. Getting any kind of business off the ground is incredibly hard. I am so lucky to have met folks like the Steiners who saw so much potential in me and my work and helped me out in such a big way. Thanks Mike and Emily!!!
Now, 5 years later I finally got to photograph the whole family! They’ve expanded their brood since we first met and now Emily has a full pack of beautiful boys following her around everywhere! Here’s a few from a recent session at the studio with everybody. Enjoy!