1. What is the biggest risk you have ever taken with your photography business?
To me, the biggest risk was just starting…. At the time I wasn’t sure how starting a wedding photography business would work out. I first invested $2000 in equipment and my hope was that I would break even. Fast forward three years and I have invested over $20,000 and am turning a
profit. So, my risk worked out!
But in the beginning, it is scary! It’s scary putting yourself out there. But it’s also exhilarating. There is something so freeing about leaving behind a desk job and starting your own creative business.
I came from the business world- not the photography world. I always loved being creative, but I got my degree in Math and starting working in the business/technology sector. But I wouldn’t trade my time in business and technology for more time in front of the camera early on. Having that background has enable me to treat my business like a business- which I think is very important! And also taught me to not take my new career for granted.
I am so lucky to be doing what I love every single day and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
2. What piece of equipment could you not live without?
85 mm 1.2 lens- This is my go-to lens for portraits. I love what it does to skin tones- they are so creamy and smooth.
3. What do you wish you’d known when you were just starting
your photography business?
There really isn’t anything I would have changed or wish I had known when I first started. I think the best part is the journey and learning from your mistakes. Every little struggle I had getting my business off the ground made me a stronger person and a better business owner. Every photo shoot and wedding along the way made me a better photographer. I struggled through making/designing my website on my own (and my husband can attest to that!). I went through about 10 iterations on my logo. And there were the long the days of figuring out accounting and financials for tax purposes. I practiced, practice, and practiced some more when it came to photography. I read a lot of books on the technical side of photography and worked for other photographers whom I admired to pick up little bits of wisdom.
Starting my photography business really has been an adventure and I truly loved every moment.
I wouldn’t change a thing!
3. What is your favorite dessert?
Double-stuffed Oreos dipped in milk is my guilty pleasure!
Laura Murray is a portrait and boutique wedding photographer in Denver, Colorado. She approaches photography with two philosophies. One is to be photojournalistic. She captures those unexpected moments. A quiet glance. A secret kiss. A boisterous laugh. It’s finding those details and intimate moments to tell your story. You can learn more about Laura and her beautiful work on her website and blog: Laura Murray Photography.