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Rising Stars: Meet Carrie Sunday

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Sunday.

Hi Carrie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I fell in love with photography when I took a film photography class in high school. The whole experience was so much fun, and it was a creative outlet for me. During my senior year of high school, I was injured in a car accident that left me paralyzed and with little strength or use of my hands.

After a while, I decided that maybe picking up a camera would be therapeutic for me – both physically and mentally. And it was. Now, 18 years later, I am regularly photographing families, seniors, weddings, all the things. It is still a huge creative outlet and still allows me a workout that I never know I need.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My main struggle was overcoming the fear that people wouldn’t hire me because of my wheelchair. I know my shortcomings, and I know there are a lot of shots that it is not physically possible for me to capture. Once I embraced that, I found that clients like that I am able to tell them what can be done and what can’t. There aren’t many things that I won’t at least try though. This wheelchair – it can get me to a lot of places that you’d never think it could.

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?
I am a photographer. I don’t do this full-time because I am scared that the passion for it would fizzle out so I do what I can on weekday evenings and weekends. Families are my main focus, but I also shoot seniors and occasional weddings. I think what makes me most proud is when I see a mom print and hang her photos in their home. Or share them on Facebook. When my clients want to show off the photos I have taken to their friends and family, it is a huge compliment. I am flattered every single time.

I like to think that what sets me apart is my ability to make almost anyone – even the dads who rarely are super enthused to be there – comfortable during the shoot. I laugh and joke and try my hardest my make them laugh too. I regularly hear “That was so fun!” From my clients after their shoot.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
I am normally not a risk-taker. I have always been on the pretty calm side, but occasionally you just have to put yourself out there. Over the last couple of years, I have gotten more comfortable promoting myself and my photography business and actively asking my clients for referrals if they have them. The worst they can say is no!

Pricing:

  • Family shoots start at $250
  • Seniors start at $300
  • Weddings are priced based on the needs of the bride and groom.

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