Abigail is quite possibly one of the most inspiring students I’ve had the honor of teaching. Born without arms, Abigail has overcome so many obstacles to run her own business. And she’s turned her hobby into a full-time career. I love her spirit and her energy! And, I can’t wait for you to read more about her and Abigail Footography!
When I was 19 years old, I saw that my mom had nice camera equipment that I picked up her Canon Rebel T3 camera and tried it out. I never knew what those buttons and switches meant but I just kept shooting and shooting till I found that photography was my passion. Over the next few years, while I was in high school after practicing piano, and getting my school work done that I jumped right back at the camera and shoot more basically shooting nature, my dog, and my younger siblings. We vacationed in some of the most beautiful places on earth that I brought her camera with and continued shooting.
I mainly shoot Portraits, Families, Seniors, and Events, but I also love photographing the lifestyle of kids, and anything that catches my eye of catching memories and been in business for 4 years.
My photography journey has been good so far. I love my job and I love connecting with people and getting to know them better and capturing their smiles and hearing their stories!
While living overseas in Santiago, Chile. I still used photography as a hobby and still love shooting. I found out that people use photography as a job and getting their own business to earn a little and thought that that would be awesome to do. Since I don’t have arms and can’t work at restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations I did something that I told everyone that I will not do is own photography business. Well….that all changed. I prayed to God every night asking him what plans he has for me. And that he will show me the good plans that I would use my plans wisely as time passed he opened my heart and eyes and showed me what he required for me to do. And, I spoke with my mom about owning a business telling her that I wanted to start a photography business and she said that I think I will be good at this. I discovered that my photography was not just a hobby but it became a career!
My favorite thing about running a photography business is capturing special moments because I love seeing their smiles, hearing them laugh, being cheerful and happy. My clients are so sweet and kind that they are so happy with what I do.
I am proud to say that I finally learned how to use my camera better, and I am so thankful to say that my hobby became a career of my very own.
That’s a good one…Don’t be a shy person to talk to people. Yes, I was really shy about talking to people at church and some other places. So I always tell myself to not be afraid but to let it out in a joyful way!
Don’t forget to check out other recent Student Spotlights!
Get practical business advice (did we mention, *free?*) every week to help you grow a thriving, profitable photography business! From behind-the-scenes editing tips, to posing and marketing - here are some of our most popular posts!
Behind the Lens is our BRAND NEW MEMBERSHIP program geared towards family photographers! Each month our members receive a behind-the-scenes video of me shooting a REAL family session. As a bonus, I also include an EXCLUSIVE MASTERCLASS each month teaching on business topics I don't teach anywhere else! As our MOST AFFORDABLE, value-packed educational resource in our shop, it's a no-brainer for anyone looking to level up their family photography game! Join me every month behind the lens.