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Check Out McKenzie Hamby’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to McKenzie Hamby.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My mom always said I had an eye. I always loved many different art forms: painting, drawing, etc, and when I picked up a camera, it was just another art medium that I fell in love with. I remember always taking pictures for my older sister and her friends, and then one Christmas, when I was 13 years old, my parents bought me my first DSLR camera. I took it everywhere with me and took pictures of my surroundings. Even though taking photos of flowers and landscapes was fun, I found out my real passion was photographing people.

I spent my college days, building my brand and putting my name out there and now.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t always been smooth. I’m just now starting to put all of my focus into my business. I’m young, so it was hard juggling school, work, and my business. The difficult thing about photography is that it seems like everyone nowadays is a “photographer” so there’s a lot of competition out there. It seems like a lot of people are looking for cheaper options instead of paying for quality photography. But I’ve learned that your real clients, and the clients you really want to work with, are the ones who will pay the appropriate price for your services.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I like to call myself an elopement and wedding photographer. I’ve worked for Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements for the past year now and that made me really fall in love with elopements! There’s something really special about a small, intimate wedding. I feel like I get to know my couples and their families more, and spend more time creating unique photos that fit the couples’ vision.

Aside from elopements and small weddings, I also love photographing bigger weddings, families, engagements and more!

I think what sets me apart from other competitors in the area is that I’m not afraid to be myself. I don’t follow trends, especially when it comes to editing. I like my editing timeless, bright and colorful. I’m also a very laid-back person (still professional though), so I really strive for my couples/families/etc to feel comfortable around me. If my subjects are comfortable then that will really show in their images.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
The biggest risk I’ve taken so far in my career is going full time! For the past 6 months, I’ve been a full time wedding photographer, which has been scary but definitely fun. Like any other service job, there are slow seasons and busy seasons which can be tricky. I also have to work hard to market myself.

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