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Meet Trailblazer Brittany Daugherty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Daugherty.

Brittany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
All I ever wanted to do was be a full-time mom, and it’s been the single most incredible thing I’ve ever done. So, when I realized my oldest was about to start high school I sat back and thought, “What am I going to do with myself in this next stage of life?”

Raised on the back roads of the Midwest, a college drop-out, married to my best friend at 17 years old, and fiercely independent, I felt like the possibilities were endless as to what I could pursue. After all this time investing in my kids, all four of them, I was ready to write a new chapter.

You know those few things in life that make your stomach jump, make you come alive? I started there, and I knew two things for sure moving forward: I wanted to bless people and do something I love. So began my photography business.

I had been taking our Christmas card pictures for years, spending ungodly amounts of time trying to figure out how to edit them. I watched a college friend start her career in photography and would often comment on her posts, “I want to know how to do that.”

In the end, it became a perfect storm of circumstances and decisions. I either had to be scared but take the risk anyway, or stay safe. So, I jumped in.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Most great things in life take grit, and photography is no exception. My biggest struggle so far has been walking through the fear. It’s not easy to start something you know you’ll probably suck at initially. But I knew if I didn’t keep going, I’d never get to the good part, the success, the fulfillment. So, I just kept doing the next thing even when I was discouraged.

My advice is to be honest about difficulties or setbacks, and then keep fighting for your goal. I had to be intentional about telling myself that failure was allowed, it was human, and it was an opportunity to keep learning and getting better. Failure is universal so be open about it and use it. That shift in thinking really helped me not give up. And there were plenty of times I thought about giving up.

We’d love to hear more about Brittany Ann Photography.
When you hire me you will get authenticity, connection, and fun. This is the basis of my life, and also my work. How in the world do I create a brand that means anything different than what a thousand other professionals in my area are already doing well? I mean good grief, Instagram is full of fantastic artists. My hope is that these reasons are why clients will keep coming back. I want them to feel connected to each other, connected to me, have a great time creating memories, and to know they’re getting the best experience for their dollar. Since I come from a small town they may also leave feeling like part of my family so future clients, contact me at your own risk.

I am a lifestyle photographer shooting everything from newborns to families to seniors, and hopefully one day weddings. But something I’m really excited to offer is what I call Legacy Sessions. I have a passion for the over-75 crowd and I love helping them feel like they are still relevant members of society. They have lived so much life, have amazing memories to share, and it’s my privilege to tell their stories.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
No question is stupid. Ask as many as you can. I would have loved to have a mentor I could shadow but my story didn’t work out that way. There are a ton of online resources for photographers so just get your hands on everything. If you’re motivated, you’ll learn what you need to know, and if you have the opportunity to be mentored, take it.

Practice. I hated that advice because I felt like I didn’t really know what I was doing in the beginning. Well, no one does and that only changes if you get out there and practice.

Keep learning. Don’t ever stop because there is no arrival to perfection.

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