Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Hewitt.
Hi Michelle, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve always been an artist at heart. In my early years, my artistic style was expressed more along the lines of painting and pencil portraits. Once I had children, I was tired of taking them to the local department store, to wait our turn to take overpriced photos that never happened on time. I figured being an artist was enough to be a photographer. So I picked up one of my friend’s old cameras and tried my hand at photography.
Fast forward a few years, I was approached by a fellow parent at my son’s school who asked if I would second shoot some weddings for her since she was leaving the industry…. and after a year of shadowing her and learning all her wisdom, I ventured into the world of wedding photography. I have been mostly self-taught and rely on my eye for the shot rather than my equipment.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been challenging in the way that most things can be for me. Mostly I have struggled with my value as a photographer. Because I love what I do so much and it really doesn’t pose a challenge for me, I don’t feel like I’m as good as those other photographers that I see on Instagram. However, being 11 years in, I am still going strong with a great base of venues and coordinators that come to me again and again.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I love using the environment to add that wow factor to my photographs. I have been called a landscape portrait photographer. I am working on becoming more of an adventure/elopement photographer. I will always love your weddings in barns and other venues, however, I feel my artistic shine comes out when given the elements to work with.
I am most proud of the fact that I have built my business on referrals and continue to have enough work to keep me happy. I am always more focused on my clients and delivering images they’ll want to hang in their homes, than on my business and making money.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
If you value yourself, you’ll attract the right kind of business and people.
- Destination Weddings: You buy, I fly. I will do most destination weddings for the cost of travel.
- Local Weddings: Range from $2500 to $4000
- Website: www.valleyimagesphotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valleyimagesphotography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyImagesPhotography