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Life & Work with Whitney Hussey of Superior

Today we’d like to introduce you to Whitney Hussey.

Hi Whitney, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started my career as an Interior Designer in Austin, TX. However, after I met my husband, an Army Officer, we started moving a lot. The more we moved, the more difficult it was to restart my career with a new architecture firm each time. We bounced around from Texas to Georgia, then Kuwait, and Colorado, where I had to find new work each time.

In Colorado, I started to feel frustrated with my path. The company I worked for saw me as a lousy investment – someone that was going to leave in a couple years, but I knew I had so much more to give. Like so many other military spouses, I had been forced to constantly adapt to new locations, goals, career options, housing situations, and more. I had honed my skills as a self-starter. This was 2011, and I knew I could do more. I wanted something of my own.

I have always obsessively taken photos – filling dozens of albums growing up, always desperately trying to capture my world. To test the water, I started shadowing a wedding photographer and taking photography classes on the side. The Army moved us to Germany, then to New York. In each location, I dabbled on the side with photography, but mainly as a hobbyist. While in New York, we hired a family photographer to take photos of my family for my son’s 1st birthday, and the photographer stood us up. My family was dressed and ready, which is no small feat with young children! I was angry and knew that not only could I take great photos, but that I would also treat families the way I wanted to be treated – like a friend, like someone that has your back, like someone you can put your trust in.

When we moved to Georgia, I decided to jump in with both feet. Oh Snap! Photography was founded in 2018 and began focusing on family, newborn, engagement, and senior photography. I soaked up all the knowledge I could about being a small business owner and took the time to build processes that helped my business run smoothly. I networked with other small businesses and got involved in the community as much as possible.

In 2020 we relocated to Superior, CO, where I have been slowly rebuilding. It has been challenging to rebuild during the pandemic; however, I feel like I’m finally gaining some traction and finding my place in the community.

I have now expanded my reach and also do commercial, real estate, and product photography on the side. I love creating, stretching out of my comfort zone, and spending evenings outdoors drenched in sunset light. I love being that person that families can be comfortable with and put their trust in.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As mentioned in the last question, maintaining a career as a military spouse is exceptionally challenging. My family has moved 7 times in the past 12 years. With each move, our entire infrastructure as a family has to be rebuilt – new friends, new schools, new community. I’m a passionate mom of three and strive to do it all. I struggle (as most do) for balance as I juggle my role as a stay-at-home-mom, photographer, and part-time Interior Designer.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
As a passionate photographer, I focus on capturing unique and honest images that reflect the personality of the subjects and the intense love between family. As a mother myself, I deeply desire to press pause on life and capture what my world looks like in that exact moment. It is with this deep dedication to document those perfect moments that I create images for my clients that are not only striking but that also convey unparalleled emotion.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success for me is multi-faceted. Right now, my children are small and require a large portion of my attention. However, I know this phase of life is short in the grand scheme of things. Therefore, success is not just measured financially for me right now. Success is being present for my family in a meaningful way while also fulfilling my own creative passions and growing as a professional. Juggling so much is a tricky balance, but I genuinely believe that the work I am doing now will build a strong foundation for my future self to build upon.

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