Today we’d like to introduce you to Mackenzie Nemeth-Suko.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Back in 2011, when I first picked up a DSLR, if you had asked me if I would be photographing women’s portraits, especially intimate lifestyle photography, I would have said: “what’s that?” It’s quite amazing how things work themselves out, and your passion will surface if you allow it. A long story short, after shooting everything under the sun nothing pulled me the way boudoir/intimate lifestyle photography did. So, after moving to Denver, I decided to start my business and put all my energy into specializing in it. I took workshops, classes, practiced on all my willing friends and after a couple of years I really starting to develop a skill set that I was proud of. I worked really freaking hard to make my images stand out by paying attention to the smallest of details. I created a safe space allowing women to take the first steps to be proud of themselves, to feel sexy, to love themselves, to reclaim their body… the list of reasons goes on and on. Working with such incredible women has become my why; connecting and uplifting them in a society that is constantly telling us what/who/how to be has given me so much fire. It truly has changed my life. I found myself in boudoir photography & it is such an honor to help women peel back their layers on their journey to doing the same.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I literally laughed out loud reading this question. Heck no, it hasn’t been smooth! Smooth at times, very short but I don’t want to discredit those times in my journey. Decided to specialize in something that I really knew nothing about, starting a business in a new city and doing it all myself was challenging. I would say it ranks up on the hardest things I have done, am doing. But any creative + entrepreneur will tell you they love it. I love the challenge, the hustle, the rough patches because damn it, the reward is sweet!
Advice for other women: DO NOT STOP! Set your intentions/goals and stop at nothing to get there. If it resonates with you will make it happen. Put your head down, do the work, surround yourself with a solid circle, no excuses and celebrate all the wins! Also, get Gary V in your life!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Blue Flame Studio Co. (formerly Blue Flame Boudoir) – what should we know?
I specialize in making women feel freakin’ amazing! Showing them the first steps to self-acceptance, providing a safe space & experience allowing them to feel pride in themselves. It’s unfortunate that society has made it so women bond over hating themselves. I am doing my part to change that & show women that it is more than ok to be loud and proud of ourselves and we need to be supporting one another!
I do that with intimate lifestyle photography/boudoir photography. I also shoot couples boudoir, outdoor & just started offering what I am calling my SIT WITH ME session; a modern lifestyle takes on headshots. My style is darker, moodier with huge attention to detail; body language along with really playing with light & shadows is my jam. I am incredibly proud of where Blue Flame is today; I have worked so hard to get here & have met so many outstanding women through photography. Their stories push me to get even better, it’s an amazing force when women come together to support each other. It’s such an honor to be able to do what I do.
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?
Social media is a powerful tool, it’s even more powerful when you get off the computer and make it real life. Follow people that inspire you, join FB groups and reach out to people to get together for real. I have made most of my friends/connections here in CO by doing just that; asking to grab coffee, making real connections and doing so with the right people (be picky!) it will snowball and soon your circle will be one of the most valuable things you have. You have to put yourself out there. Yeah, it can be scary but everything worth something is… remember, no excuses!
- Website: www.blueflameboudoir.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blueflamestudioco/