BEHIND THE LENS
Melissa is based in madison MISSissippi, and she is a Newborn, Maternity, Birth, Kids, Milestone and Family photographer
WHAT IS IN YOUR CAMERA BAG?
Nikon Z6 Nikon D750 Sigma art 35 mm 1.4g Nikon 50 mm 1.4g
WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
Newborn , Maternity, Birth, Kids, Milestone and Family Sessions
GIVE ME YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH.
I am a photographer in Madison, MS that specializes in Newborns, Milestones, Kids and Family Photography.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
I've always Loved Photography, and I initially wanted to take better photos of my kids. My snapshot camera at the time wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do and I was really frustrated. So I started researching Cameras .... and from there I went down a rabbit hole into DSLR’s and Photography.
IF YOUR BRAND AND/OR BUSINESS HAD A PERSONALITY, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?
HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF IN YOUR LOCAL MARKET?
Definitely my setups and the way I shoot.
Share 3 adjectives that describe you personally.
Goofy, Relaxed, Optimistic
SHARE 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE.
Monochromatic, Organic, Fresh
Describe your dream client.
Newborns - lets me choose any colors
Family - shows up in outfits that are coordinated and not matchy matchy
Describe the primary feeling/message you want your clients to experience when interacting with your business.
I definitely want my clients to feel at ease when choosing me. I am also known to respond quickly and I keep the process very easy when booking a session.
WHAT Year was your first paid session and how much did you charge for it?
WHAT ONE ACTION CAUSED YOU TO SEE THE MOST GROWTH IN YOUR BUSINESS?
Social Media - always posting and tagging clients
WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST BUSINESS FAILURES?
Posting on Social Media. Hilariously enough, since COVID happened I have been terrible at posting . Also captions are my Achilles heel.
How did you know when to "quit your day job" and go full-time with photography?
When I was pregnant with my third child I knew I couldn’t work after I had him . (Daycare prices are outrageous) But It worked out perfectly because when he was born I started my Photography business.
WHEN DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU "MADE IT" AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I Still don’t feel like i made it ! But I would definitely have to say the other day when another photographer said she was star struck meeting me .
What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you started your business?
Finding your own style and sticking to it.
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSE?
To capture a moment in time that is forgotten. Sounds cheesy, but oh how quickly we forget little things.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS?
Doing everything yourself
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Vanilla with pecans on top
WHAT IS THE THING YOU'RE MOST LIKELY TO END UP IN JAIL FOR?
Not calling to see if I have Jury Duty lol
Melissa Berry Photography
If you would like more information on Melissa's services please visit her website
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