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One day I called Lara from work.

“Hey La.”

“What’s up?”

“I’m quitting. This is it.”

“It’s about time.”

“Let’s do the photography thing. Let’s do what we love, and let’s do it together.”


That’s how it started for us. Well, that’s how I started working for Lara. Lara had been doing photography professionally forever, kind of as a side thing, making it work in between being the best mom and community volunteer on the planet. One morning I called and put photography on the front burner, and the rest is history. These are stories about running a photography studio as an actual business. Here’s where doing great photography and making great pictures pays the rent and puts food on the table. These are the stories about doing what you love and not ever again working a day in your life.

Do What You Love, Love What You Do.

Do you have questions about running a photography business? Want to talk to someone who is doing exactly that? Drop us a line and let’s chat.

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