Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Joiner.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started my photography journey when my kids were babies. I was working at Compassion International at the time and loving every minute of it. I had two wedding photographer friends at Compassion who helped me gain confidence with my camera and this spurred a passion within my for photography. I wasn’t sure if this newfound hobby was supposed to remain a hobby or give me a new career so I fasted and prayed for a little guidance. Not long after that, I found out that I was the sole winner of a photography contest, one that 22,000 people entered. I took that as my sign! My new adventure took off faster than I had ever imagined and within just a few months I ended up needed to leave my job at Compassion to pursue photography full time. It has been a complete whirlwind of six years. It is such an honor to say that in six years my business has grown to five photographers with over 350 weddings completed. It all started with a little leap of faith. I am so very grateful to each family and couple who has supported this crazy dream.
Has it been a smooth road?
I wouldn’t say I took the easy route. When I started, it was difficult to find like-minded photographers who were open to helping one another. It seemed that most photographers were closed off to helping budding photographers at the time… although I do remember and cherish those few that opened their hearts to me. (Thank you to Craig Coupland, Bobby Claypool, Lindsay Schmidt, and Elizabeth Weitz for all of your support and encouragement). For this reason, I ended up trying it all when it came to marketing and business strategies. It took a lot of hard work, but I figured out what worked for my business through trial and error.
In my search to find a community of photographers who truly wanted to help one another, I ended up being one of the founding members of an amazing group of female photographers called the Denver Photo Betties. A few years later, a photographer friend, Lindsay Schmidt, and I held our first photography workshop in Colorado Springs called Embrace Workshops. Our goal of the workshop was to foster community over competition and to help photographers grow in business and to learn business and life balance.
Advice that I would give new photographers is to find a group of like-minded photographers. I am excited to say that there are now a few groups like this available including the Denver Photo Betties, Colorado Springs Photo Betties, and The Rising Tide Society. Also, find a photographer that you admire and ask them if you can carry their bags at weddings or photo shoots so you can learn. Experienced photographers get bombarded with new photographers asking to the second shoot. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but I really heavily on my second shooter at weddings and I have specific requirements that most new photographers can’t bring to the table just yet (two full frame cameras with double card slots, off camera lighting experience, confidence being with the groomsmen on your own, and the ability to step into my place if I fall ill on the day of a wedding). It is not something I am comfortable hiring a brand new photographer for. Instead, figure out a way you can stand out to that photographer and work your way up. Remember, it took years and a significant investment in training and workshops for them to learn all of that valuable information that you are asking about for free.
We’d love to hear more about Tina Joiner Photography.
Tina Joiner Photography specializes in elegant and heartfelt wedding photography for compassionate and driven couples. We work best with couples who put a lot of time and effort into the details of their wedding day, but on the big day realize that the most important part is saying I do to their best friend and beginning a life together. I am most proud of the customer service that we provide as a team. Our goal is for each couple and family to feel like they are the only client we are working with from the initial meeting to the delivery of the album. We love going from a vendor/client relationship with friends for life. I am so thankful for each couple that has trusted us with the most important day of their lives.
- Wedding Photography with Tina starts at $3950
- Wedding Photography with an Associate starts at $2700
- Website: www.tinajoinerphotography.com
- Phone: 719-964-0168
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/tinajoinerphotography
- Facebook: facebook.com/tinajoinerphotography
Tina Joiner Photography