Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Garg.
Molly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was enrolled in an MBA program in 2008 and found myself needing a break on the weekends. That’s when I took my first few photography courses. But my photography career really started with the birth of my first son in 2009. Once he was born, all I wanted to do was capture both the big and little moments of his day. I continued practicing and learning all I could about photography and over time, my passion grew into Molly Garg Photography, where I offer photography sessions to families and small businesses. So yes, while I might have gotten a later start with photography than other photographers, I feel like my passion came to me at the right time in my life. It’s as I tell my two boys: it’s never too late to decide what you want to do with your life.
Has it been a smooth road?
I can’t imagine any business has a smooth road and mine is no exception. It took me a while to realize that family photography is fairly cyclical. Shockingly enough, clients want to take outdoor pictures when the weather is nice! To help keep a consistent, year-round schedule for my business, I started offering other services that were more appealing for year-round work, such as professional headshots and small business photography.
However, perhaps the biggest obstacle I have faced is self-doubt. It’s so easy to question oneself while looking at other (seemingly) thriving businesses. I was noticing trends in styles of photography that, simply put, weren’t me. It took me a little while to realize it’s best to keep my head down, keep learning, and keep practicing different techniques. Ultimately, my goal is to focus on providing the best experience for my clients while staying true to my artistic vision.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Molly Garg Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a natural light photographer and work with newborns, expectant parents, families, and businesses. My goal with any session is to capture my subject just as they are and capture images that are authentic and emotive. Having a camera in your face can be awkward and I work extremely hard to make my subjects feel comfortable throughout their photography session- so much so that I have been told by more than one client that they have forgotten I was there.
Aesthetically, there are quite a few styles of photography and editing offered by family photographers. My final images are clean and crisp and true to their natural state. I want my clients to look at the images we have taken and love how they naturally look- and not because an image has been overly edited.
Though I shy away from trendy techniques, I do love learning new types of photography. Over the past few years, I have branched out and started offering underwater photography for my maternity and family clients. I have also fallen in love with macrophotography and have started to sell my macro prints online.
I have the most incredible clients and am most grateful and proud of the fact that a majority of my clients find me through a referral from a prior client. I am so lucky that my clients are happy with my work enough to pass it along to others. I am passionate about paying it forward and am fortunate to donate my services to non-profits close to my heart.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I certainly appreciate how much technology has helped shape industries, particularly in the photography world. Photography has benefited greatly from technological advances. Just think about how many of us have hundreds or even thousands of photos on our phones right now! I am excited to see where technology will take photography over the next ten years.
In keeping with the digital trend, after a photo session, I deliver high-resolution images to my client. This gives them the flexibility to use them how they desire. Recently, I have noticed that my clients are asking for help with turning their digital files into different projects- large wall prints, albums, and photo gifts. I love helping clients get those images off their computer and somewhere they will be seen and appreciated- and not just on social media. I am hopeful that this continues and I will gladly help my clients fulfill their vision of their images.
- All-inclusive newborn and family session~ $695
- Underwater session~ $450
- Small business photography ~ starting at $500
- Website: www.mollygargphotography.com
- Phone: 7207757016
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollygargphotography and https://www.instagram.com/whoa.mg
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MollyGargPhotography