Today we’d like to introduce you to Teasley Ruback.
Teasley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always loved photography since I was a kid. I still remember my first fisher price camera with 110 film and the attachable flash cubes. I dabbled a little more seriously in high school and was always the one with the camera from there on.
Once my kids were born I started to play around and learn more. With the birth of our second child, I asked for a DSLR camera for the proverbial “push” present. That’s when things hit another level. Friends asked me to take pictures for them and by the time the kids were in school full time, I decided to turn my passion into a business.
I love to learn new techniques. When someone asks me to take a genre of photos I haven’t done, I never say I can’t. Instead, I say I haven’t done it, but I would love to give it a try. This is how I fell into real estate and headshot photography. My passions is still with kids and families. Here I am, three years later building a career that I am excited to be a part of. I’m a people person and I love meeting new people through my job. I feel so lucky to call myself a professional photographer and can’t wait to see where it takes me next.
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?
Honestly, it was not a smooth road to get here. I started my career in finance when I lived in Chicago. We moved back to Colorado where I continued my career. Unfortunately, when I was six months pregnant with my first child, my job was eliminated. I have never been unemployed in my life! With a baby on the way, the thought was terrifying. I quickly lined up a ton of interviews, but with my visually, obvious predicament, I wasn’t the best candidate for hire. With the amazing support of my husband, I became a stay at home mom, a title I never intended to hold, and for good reason! In my opinion, staying home is ridiculously hard work! I commend all my friends who do it with much more grace than I could. Either way you slice it, parenting at home or while working is the toughest job out there.
That being said, being at home opened up a creative world for me through photography that I never would have considered. Had that job not been eliminated, I wouldn’t be here today. That’s not to say I’m above it all and not a little bitter at how it all rolled out, but it isn’t something I dwell on anymore. While I was raging with pregnancy hormones, things were a little different. Apologies to my poor husband for that time of our lives! I can look back and laugh at some of it and I hope he can too!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Glasswater Photography – what should we know?
I should talk about the name. I originally started out with my name as my business name, but Teasley Ruback is really hard for people to spell correctly. The name quickly turned into glasswater photography. I spend my summers in Michigan sailing and spending time with families. Glasswater is what you call what with no wind on it. It has a glass-like reflective quality, much like that of a camera lens. My husband (the non-boating Nebraska man), brought it up as a company name and it stuck immediately.
My passion and favorite subjects to capture our children and families. I think what sets me apart from other photographers is my ability to get down on the level with the kids. Ask anyone, I have a highly immature side to my personality and I think that speaks to the kids. Additionally, I’ve fallen into headshots. I’ve grown to really love doing them. I find myself in the world I used to work in. I feel that since I have a history there, I know and value how precious their time is which helps me to get them in and out and looking fabulous in a short amount of time.
I’m proud of taking on projects that are out of my comfort zone. I am so thankful for the clients who trusted me without truly knowing how it would end up. I’m also very proud of the relationships I have built with these clients through the years. They are truly what makes my job so amazing!
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Accepting feedback. I am continually growing as a photographer. I love getting feedback from clients and what they loved and even what they didn’t love. In fact, I encourage it. I want to get better with each shoot. I think it’s important to be confident in what you do, but even more important is the ability to listen.
- Website: www.glasswaterphotography.com
- Phone: 3039496706
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @glasswaterphotography
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasswaterphotography/
- Twitter: @glasswaterphoto