Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Austin.
Lindsay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in photography started to bloom when my uncle, who was going to school in New York for photography, came to visit us in Colorado. I was so fascinated by his big fancy camera! He started teaching me things like “aperture” and “ISO” and would quiz me all the time! When he went back to New York, I decided to keep this photography thing going!
After practicing on my sisters and friends, I started shooting every genre under the sun! When my husband and I moved from our small town on the Western Slope of Colorado to Golden in 2014, a whole new world opened up for me! I met some crazy talented models who helped me refine my posing and directing skills. I also joined RAW Photographic Studio where some incredible photographers took me under their wings and helped me blossom and grow in my passion for photography.
With my husband’s encouragement, I officially left my desk job and opened my full-time photography business in 2017, offering everything from family portraits to senior sessions!
Recently, I began focusing more on what I truly love to shoot. Maternity, engagements, intimate weddings, and Fresh 48 sessions have become the forefront of my career. I’ve started a client wardrobe for my expecting mothers and spend hours planning out the perfect sessions for my clients. Photography has such a tight hold on my heart. It is a part of who I am now. I can’t take a walk with my new baby boy and dog without seeing all the photo possibilities in daily life. Being a photographer is who I am meant to be.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. Things got a little uncertain when I became pregnant just one year after taking the leap to do photography full time. My baby was also due to arrive at the peak of wedding season. Hard work and shooting weddings from six to eight months pregnant were no easy task, but we pushed through and everything turned out wonderfully!
A friend once told me that anything worth fighting for won’t come easy. And that couldn’t be truer. I am 24 years old, and being a “young” dreamer and creator has its own set of challenges in and of itself. As a ‘young’ business owner, professional, and mother I have had issues with clients and family not taking me or my work seriously. I once showed up to a family session and the mother looked me up and down before worriedly exclaiming “You are so young to be the photographer! Are you sure you know what you are doing?!”
My advice? Work hard and strive to achieve your goals. When life throws obstacles in your path, face them head on! Don’t compare your creative process or journey to anyone else’s, we all have different paths. But most importantly, when things start to look impossible, “just keep swimming.”
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Lindsay Amber Photography – what should we know?
I specialize in bright and whimsical portraiture. Magical maternity sessions, adventurous engagements, intimate weddings/elopements, and raw moments of a baby’s first 48 hours earth-side are my ultimate passions. These images are what I base my brand around because I treasure the emotions that come with each of these things.
You can’t look into the eyes of your soul mate at an engagement session and not be filled with excitement for your future together. You can’t stand across from your love on your wedding day, surrounded by your closest friends and family or alone on a beach/mountain top, and not be overwhelmed with the love pouring out all around you. You can’t put your hand on that pregnant belly and not be filling with wonder as you feel those little kicks inside. And there is no way you can go through all the phases of labor and not well up with pride and joy as you hold your little bundle in their first hours of life outside the womb.
Those emotions are what I live for. Those moments are what drive me. It is my goal in life to capture as many of those moments for my clients as I possibly can as they live vividly and freely, full of love.
We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
I believe it is in a man’s very nature to be a dominating force in whatever area of life they feel the need to apply it to. It is a trait I absolutely admire, however, I find it hard for my personality to allow me to be that way.
Instead of trying to change or demand male leadership to change, I look instead at all the things that make me unique as a female and use that to my advantage.
One of the biggest barriers, to me, is feeling a pressure that female leadership needs to be the dominating force in the same way male leadership works. In fact, we are so unique and powerful in our own way. There isn’t anything we can’t do as female leaders, so why the need for constant comparison? If you think about it, we have the opportunity to do even more. Remove the thought of any barriers standing in your way. It’s all relative. You are your only barrier.
- Website: Lindsayamberphotography.com
- Phone: (970)216-6571
- Email: Lindsayamberphotography@gmail.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/lindsayamberphotography
- Facebook: Facebook.com/lindsayamberphotography
Lindsay Amber Photography