Happy Thursday everyone! We are continuing our dreams and goals theme for the New Year. Today we get to hear from Glenna Koepnick of Glenna Elaine Photography. Glenna helped us out a few weeks ago with our holiday trends shoot blog featuring Katelin from our Pure Design team!
Glenna Koepnick went to college for graphic design and found her love of photography while working on assignments. After a year at The School of Advertising Art she transferred to Ohio Institute of Photo and Technology. Once she graduated from college she dabbled in different genres of photography but nothing seemed to fit. She almost gave up on her dream and tried to sell her equipment but her family would not have it. They saw the talent she had and believed in her during her roughest moments. They encouraged her to pick her camera back up and keep going. Now she has an independent photography business with her husband that focuses on weddings, portraits and commercial photography. One of Glenna’s favorite things about photography is capturing moments of emotion that others miss and giving the world a new perspective on a moment.
Here are five tips from Glenna if you want to pursue photography as a career or a hobby!
1.) Do not let the price tag scare you away.
Photography can be pricy but don’t let that scare you away from trying it. There a ton of places you can rent equipment from! Or even better, if you have friends and family that already do photography ask them if you can borrow it. They would be able to teach you about the equipment too. It’s always great to try something out and see what you like best before committing to a purchase.
2.) Always be shooting.
This is key! Practice makes perfect with everything, especially when it comes to photography. When I started I was always shooting, trying out different lighting and settings. Don’t be afraid to take your camera out for practice shoots.
3.) Surround yourself with people that believe in you.
If it wasn’t for my family I wouldn’t be doing what I love. I almost gave it all up because I was discouraged and wanted to quit. It’s important to have supportive people to keep you going in those rough seasons. They see your potential and know you are capable of accomplishing your dreams.
4.) Get educated.
Photography is one of those things you don’t have to go to school for, but it is necessary to be knowledgeable about it. Personally, I’m really glad I went to school for it. I learned a lot that I wouldn’t have been able to on my own. Technology in this field is constantly upgrading and changing.
5.) Keep an open mind with clients.
Everyone is different. Go with the flow of whatever they throw at you. Make sure you do your best to be confident because it will build confidence in the client and make them more comfortable.
For more of Glenna’s work check out her website!
Next week we will be talking with someone in the health care field on becoming a nurse!