Were there any moments when you felt like you absolutely couldn’t do it? How did you talk yourself off the ledge?
Plenty of moments like that! I was naive and would take my venting and self-doubt to Twitter at the time. So emo. My boyfriend at the time was also very supportive and encouraging, so that was really helpful.
What was the first photography job you booked and how did it go?
If I remember correctly, my first job ever was a small wedding in New Jersey. I had never shot a wedding on my own before, but I had assisted and interned with a wedding photographer one summer during college. It was also a nighttime indoor thing so I had to use flash. I guess I faked it and got through it!
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What’s the best part about being a freelancer? Worst part?
So many best parts! I touched on one of them earlier but it’s the idea that any hard work I put into my business will directly go toward any successes I may have. I’m building my own brand instead of working on someone else’s. The other best part for me is all the travels I’ve been so lucky to have and that have been considered “work.” Of course, there are a lot of worst parts, too. All the admin work in actually running a business, for one. There are many days I don’t get to be creative at all and am just pounding away at my desk dealing with paperwork or emails. Also, I have terrible health insurance and clients rarely pay me on time, so there are trade-offs for sure.
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How do you successfully manage your time so that the days and weeks don’t just slip away?
It’s a constant struggle. I find that when I have a lot on my plate, I’m much more efficient. (I was like this in college too—the semester I crammed in two jobs and 6.5 credits, I got a 4.0. Go figure.) Not that I enjoy being overwhelmed, but it does help me to not procrastinate. Otherwise, I don’t have a real strategy; I’m OCD about my inbox so I really try to power through that whenever I can and archive every message that has been taken care of. I don’t know how some people have 24,589 unread messages!
Selfish question: Your Instagram feed is beyond. Any tips for us plebs?
Thank you! It’s evolved a lot over the years. I’ve been on it forever, but now am using it more as an extension of my photography portfolio than a daily journal. I think the important thing is just to create content that you feel good about and make it cohesive and representative of who you are. I don’t think there should be any rules per se, since everyone uses it for a different purpose.
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Photographer: Brian W. Ferry
Hair & Makeup: Allie Smith
Stylist: Jen Patryn
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