Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebekah Gregg.
Rebekah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I became interested in photography in high school. In 1990 I bought the “1989 Year in Pictures” issue of Life Magazine, and I had a subscription to the magazine for about four years toward the end of my high school years and into college.
In fact, I still have nearly the entire collection of that subscription, and it’s one of my most prized possessions. I would soak up every image of every issue! But I only had point and shoot cameras and didn’t know how to take great photos.
Like so many other photographers, I developed an intense desire to learn more about photography when I had my first baby. I wanted to be able to capture those fleeting moments of my children as babies, and that’s when I started investing time and money into photography education and good equipment.
In 2011, I naively thought I was ready to take it to the next level by starting a business. I quickly learned that owning a small business takes a massive amount of money, time and effort! I’m not a perfectionist by any means, but I was and am determined that if I’m going to have a business that I want it to be the best it can be!
During the first three years of business, I came to discover that there are certain genres of photography I am naturally more suited for and in 2014, I began focusing my photography business into specializing in high school senior and teen portraiture.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has not been a smooth road these last eight years. I wanted to give up many times, and I did temporarily shut down for a bit while I evaluated what was working for me and what wasn’t. I didn’t have the skillset to provide a quality service and product when I first started out.
Over the years, I’ve had to invest in myself and my own education and learn to say No to jobs that another photographer will do better. “Do one and thing and do it well.” Some people can be a “jack of all trades” so to speak, and that’s fine for those individuals but I prefer to focus on my strengths, and that has helped me enjoy my job to the fullest.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
My specialty is definitely with photographing teenagers. I have four kids of my own (3 out of 4 are now teens), and I think this is such a magnificent time in their lives! I’m absolutely experiencing some of that “mom grief” as my oldest is preparing for graduation; I get all teary at the mere mention of how grown up he is.
I’m so thankful for this experience as a mom and how it helps me identify with what the parents of my clients are going through. My middle school and high school years were kind of tumultuous, and I remember feeling unsure of myself. I try to bring that knowledge with me to my sessions to help teens feel not only comfortable but to have fun with it!
Most importantly, I adore getting to know each client and establishing a relationship with them! Watching these young people grow into amazing adults and keeping up with them long after our sessions are over and they’ve graduated is a wonderful privilege.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment of my career has been when I get messages from clients telling me how their senior portrait experience affected them personally!
I had a client recently who told me how much confidence her session had given her and another who has reached out to me several times just to chat and asked for a bit of advice because she knows I desire the best for her.
My goal is that each student that works with me feels seen and loved and accepted for who they are. It makes me so happy to know that I’m having a positive influence on them!
- Senior Portrait Session fee is $200
- Image and Print Collections range from $250 – $1050
- Average Investment is $900
- Website: http://www.rebekahgreggphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebekahgreggphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebekahgreggphotography/
Top Image Credit to Adrienne Louise Photography
Other Images by Rebekah Gregg Photography