Today we’d like to introduce you to Michaela McCage.
Hi Michaela, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I started taking photos for my yearbook class in high school, and then when I went to college, I took photos for the newspaper. Once I graduated college, I began taking photos for my family and they are the ones who encouraged me to branch out and start my own photography business.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
So, yes and no! I have felt so much support from my family and friends. Before I started my business, my family and friends gave me so much support and had me take their photos, and offered me helpful criticism. The hardest part of the process has definitely been taking photos for random people and ensuring that they are happy with my work. Not everyone has the same photography style as me, so I want to make sure to represent their photo needs in the way that best represents their aesthetic.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
For my daytime career, I teach high school journalism and marketing. I would like to think that my daytime career greatly influences my side hustler as a photographer. I specialize in portrait photography of all types… Babies, families, couples, and seniors. I would like to think that I’m known for being a quality but affordable photographer. Since I have a daytime career, I don’t take photos solely for the money. I take them because I genuinely love capturing people’s milestones and special moments. I want anyone who wants photos to get photos regardless of cost. I think this also sets me apart from other photographers.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
If someone is wanting to find a mentor in the photography business, my advice is to reach out to that person and simply ask! One of my high school friends reached out to me on Facebook and asked for some advice, and I was happy to help her out. Many people are so willing to help one another, so to ask is the easiest and most straightforward way to get mentorship.
- 15-minute session – $30
- 30-minute session – $50
- 1-hour session – $100
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- Website: https://linktr.ee/michaelamccagephotos
- Instagram: @michaelamccagephotos