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Conversations with Manon Halliburton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manon Halliburton.

Hi Manon, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started taking pictures around 2010. Mostly shots of birds and nature. I loved sitting for hours camouflaged in a bush or leaves to capture just the right moment when a bird would land on a feeder or tree branch. It was time-consuming but worth every minute. I learned a lot about photography during this time and slowly but steadily honed my skills. My passion for nature turned into photographing people. There were no real headshot photographers in Kansas City and I knew there was a need as I am an actress as well. Getting my own headshots was difficult. I realized I could fill a void in Kansas City and help actors get industry-standard headshots that would land them auditions. Eventually, I gained more clients and my business took off from there. I have been photographing actors for years now and although there are now a few headshot photographers in KC, I still am proud to be one of the first real headshot photographers in this market.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being a photographer is always a struggle in my opinion. There are times when you’re busy and have to turn away people, and there are times when you are hoping the phone will ring for a shoot. It’s a feast or famine business and you have to be a long-distance runner in the photography game.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’ve been a professional actress for over 20 years. I have lived in the toughest market (NYC) and worked all over the country. The entertainment business is constantly changing with regard to the look and style of headshots. As a working actor myself, I have to keep up with the latest trends. I’m always aware of what the industry wants. This is why I’m a great headshot photographer.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was a tomboy, I have 4 older brothers and I’m the youngest and only girl. I was out in the woods playing “army” or “war” or just generally exploring the outdoors. I didn’t come home until the porch light was on. I loved art and loved to draw, which is another passion of mine. Animals were always a staple in our household and I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have a dog, cat, snake, turtle, rabbit, or fish in our midst. I loved growing up in small college towns and loved having the freedom to explore every day.

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