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Conversations with the Inspiring Madison Crowley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Crowley.

Madison, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In high school, I was always the girl who was taking photos of her friends and plastering them on social media and her binder. Fast forward a couple of years and I am doing the same thing, in a little bit of a different way. My parents graciously gifted me with my first camera in my sophomore year of college and I began to plop my friends in front of the lens and practice different angles and posing direction. As I continued taking photos and gaining knowledge and experience, I started niching down on my interests and who I wanted to be shooting full time. I now get to photograph bloggers and influencers who are hustling for their dreams. I also get to photograph couples and families who have so much love shining through the photos. I love getting to capture people in their element and give them an extra boost of confidence back when they get their photos returned to them.

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?
Building up your own business is never easy! Sometimes, you lose motivation and drive. Other times your friends are planning things during scheduled shoots and you have to miss out. People cancel, people don’t show up, and that is just a part of the beginning processes of growing your clientele. Starting small and building your portfolio and then moving into price increasing and evaluating how much your time is worth is also an important hurdle to approach. But, with all of the cons, there are so many more pros that outweigh them all.

My advice for young women starting their photography journey or any small business is ASK. Never be afraid to ask questions. And, never be afraid to ask for help. Ask influencers who you want to work with if they are interested. Ask bloggers if they want to collab with you. Take the no’s then go ask some more. No one is going to hustle as much as you do for the success of your business.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I photograph influencers, bloggers, fitness instructors, trainers, and couples. I specialize in portraits and posing. I am not a re-toucher as I love natural beauty and getting that candid shot. I always hear feedback from clients that they were able to get loose in front of the camera because of my direction and placement during the shoot. I always start with clear instruction and vision for the shot and then move with them as they get a little bit more comfortable.

I am always most proud when I send completed photos over to a client and they fall in love with the finished product. Their response is the reason that I do what I do! I aim to make people feel they’re most beautiful.

I would say what sets me apart is my focus on influencers, portraits, and moodier editing styles. I love playing with shadows and trying new angles and shots that I haven’t before.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My Mom, Payton Sartain, and Danielle Carolan are the ones that come to mind right off of the bat.

My Mom has pushed through life with grit and graciousness and I aim to treat others as she does and carry myself in the same fashion.

Payton Sartain started as a small blogger right after college and has never taken no for answer as she has climbed the ranks of blogging with transparency and style. I have appreciated watching her hustle and take her passion and make it her lives work. It’s possible to work for yourself, do what you love, and THRIVE.

Danielle Carolin is such a positive light in the influencer space! I love how she shares the realness of her life as well as the behind-the-scenes of how much work it truly takes to be your own boss. She also just has so much fun and it reminds me to add fun into the seriousness of small business building.

Pricing:

  • I currently charge $150 per hour for 50+ edited and digitally delivered photos.

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Image Credit:
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