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Meet Lacy Connelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lacy Connelly.

Hi Lacy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
I have loved photography for as long as I can remember. I got my first digital camera in middle school and have pretty much always had a camera or phone in hand since. In May 2022, I decided to dive into professional photography and it has really taken off for me.

I spent a lot of time learning everything I could about photography in every spare minute I had. I work full-time with a non-profit in Savannah and started this as a fun hobby to do on my weekends, but it has quickly turned into a real business. The growth and support have been phenomenal!

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?
I can honestly say everything has gone better than I could have imagined. As I mentioned, my intention was for this to be something of a hobby. It grew very quickly.

One challenge with that has been I’ve also had to learn to run my own business quickly. It’s a lot of trial and error. I didn’t expect this growth and so I was kind of thrown into a lot of aspects of it. But I genuinely really enjoy it!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a portrait photographer. So far I have dabbled in a little bit of everything: family photography, newborn photography, boudoir, headshots, styled shoots, you name it. I wanted to get a little bit of experience with everything before I “picked” something.

Right now I see myself as being more of a family photographer. I work really well with kids, even though it tends to be more difficult to photograph them. I work with kids in my full-time job, I have a degree in child development, and I have two kids of my own… so I guess it’s not surprising that I’ve gravitated towards that.

I like to say I have an equal love for posed and candid photos. I try to incorporate a lot of conversation and prompts to get the photos I want rather than always sticking someone into a position and telling them to smile. However, I’m definitely still a fan of a perfectly posed photo.

My style tends to be bolder and more true to life colors. I prefer natural light and outdoor photos.

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I learned this first working a fast food job in college but it has held true in every endeavor I’ve done since: customer service is everything. Being able to be empathetic, kind, and personable can set you ahead of someone with more experience than you who doesn’t value those client relationships.

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