Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Lempert.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Eva. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
While studying photography and studio arts in college, a friend of mine asked me to photograph her wedding. I always knew I’d do something in visual arts, but never really thought about what I would do with a photography degree. So, what would any starving college student do? I offered to shoot it for the cost of my film and a free dinner. A year later and still in college, I had about 10 weddings under my belt – learning from every single wedding I had photographed (charging peanuts, no less). By the time I graduated college, I had booked another 15 weddings for the upcoming year. It was then, I found myself a business partner and made it official – I opened my first photo studio in 2000.
Years of learning to be an entrepreneur and developing creatively as an artist followed. 6 years after opening the doors to my photo studio, my business partner and I decided to go our separate ways and I found myself starting from the beginning again. I discovered another path in my photography journey and found other visual artists to collaborate with and bounce ideas off of. I’ve learned to build my community of supportive friends and artists, which then makes me a stronger and more developed artist myself!
It’s now been almost 20 years since I started my journey. I am still a creative, but now I am also a wife and a mother. I have gone through the process (more than once!) of finding myself as an artist and have really worked hard to put that forth in my creative style. I have since “retired” from the wedding photography world, but have been able to focus more on my portraiture work (families, children, newborn, maternity, corporate, etc.). I love what I do and am blessed to have the clients that I have, whom I also consider friends.
Has it been a smooth road?
Owning a business is never a smooth road. Owning a photography business, there are definitely struggles along the way. As an artist, you begin to doubt your creativity and self-worth when the bookings get slow or when you’re not booking at all. As a business owner, there’s always a learning curve – from accounting, marketing, networking, budgeting, etc. At times, you wonder why you’re doing it at all. In the end, it’s all worth the struggle, especially when you are doing something you love!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Eva Lempert Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I am the owner and photographer at Eva Lempert Photography. I am a portrait and lifestyle photographer, specializing in portraiture photography (which means, everything that is not weddings), from families, children, babies, maternity, engagements, etc. to corporate headshots and editorial/marketing work.
As a company, I am most proud of the fact that I take the utmost pride in connecting with my clients. I want them to be a part of my life, as I would love to be a part of theirs. When I photograph most of my clients, it is because they are celebrating a milestone in their lives, whether it’s a first family photo, a family reunion, a birth of a new family member or a child going off to college! I want them to really enjoy the photographs, but most especially enjoy creating them with me.
My connection with my subjects is what sets me apart from others – I really get to know my clients before I photograph them and during our shoot. I’ve laughed with them, I’ve cried with them…I seriously just fall in love with my clients. By the time we get to actually taking the photos, they are as comfortable with me, as I am comfortable with them. There definitely needs to be this comfort level with my clients because they are letting me in to a part of their lives.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the photo industry is making a comeback into film, which is amazing! My career started in film photography, so I am glad to see it making its way back into the industry. It took a long time for me to jump on the digital photography wagon. I’ve since embraced the digital age but will always love film. I look forward to seeing what becomes of that in the next few years!
- Website: www.evalempert.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evalempert/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evalempertphotography/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/evalempert
Personal photo of Eva Lempert and son – by Beth Moser Photography