Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Brown.
Shannon, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started photography in October of 2017 after my fiancé got me a Canon Rebel. It was honestly meant to be just a hobby and possibly a small side gig because I was in nursing school and never thought my photography would get to where it is now. I remember telling my fiancé that there was no way I would get anyone besides family and friends to have me take their pictures. The first wedding I ever did was a family member’s wedding and it was in September of 2018. After that wedding, I knew that my niche was wedding and couples’ photography. Becoming a wedding photographer was/is difficult and I definitely wanted to give up at one point, but I kept pouring into my own cup and now I am at 17 weddings for 2022.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Oh goodness, smooth road… no. There was about a year and a half where I didn’t put much effort into my business and therefore did not get a lot in return. I struggled with reaching clients and booking clients. I almost gave up. In August of 2020, I started reaching out to other wedding photographers asking if I could assist them on wedding days. I ended up assisting my own wedding photographer with a couple of weddings and another photographer in Kansas City. They allowed me to share content that I captured from those wedding days, which I am very grateful for. In January of 2021, I attended a workshop and decided at that point that I was going to focus on my photography business and give all that I could into it. All while still working full time as a nurse. After the workshop, I made a list of goals that I wanted to achieve for the year. An example would be to get 50 likes on a picture a day and to make sure I posted EVERY day. Social media plays a huge role in owning a business, especially photography.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in weddings, couples, and seniors. I take on a couple family sessions here and there, but mainly couples and seniors. I like to describe my style as natural and warmer tones. Around the same time, I started focusing more on my business in January, I had finally found the style I was wanting my images to be. Seeing my work throughout the past several years, especially the past 9 months, has been what I am most proud of. I have seen my work grow and myself grow along the way.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson I have learned throughout this journey and continue to learn is to not compare your work to others. Everybody has a different style that is specific to their business.
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