Today we’d like to introduce you to Evangeline Lane.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I think to understand my story you have to know a little bit about my past. I was raised by a single mama musician surrounded by eclectic artists and storytellers. When I turned 18 I took off across the United States traveling and living in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and a small town in Massachusetts. I really was a wanderer looking for a path. I worked in the restaurant industry for years as I studied art in the aforementioned cities but never really had a focus. I had always loved photography and while I was in Chicago I started getting into this weird self-portrait Cindy Sherman phase- I was just obsessed with her.
Then I stumbled upon some cool wedding photographers who were creating art and not the standard superposed and super cheesy wedding photographs that I was used to seeing. So I started to work for them behind the scenes doing some marketing and office work. I remember one of them telling me I said to be a second shooter/assistant for at least five years before I went out on my own.
Fast forward a few months and I moved back to Boston. I emailed a dozen wedding photographers asking to be their assistant, offering myself for free, practically begging, never forgetting what that Chicago photographer had told me. Well, I didn’t get a single response. From anyone. Instead of giving up I said, screw it and I posted an ad on Craig’s List offering myself up for super cheap for the first five couples that booked me for their wedding and I haven’t turned back since.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being an entrepreneur is never a smooth road, at least not for anyone I know. I’ve had to teach myself everything from how to use a camera to photo editing to marketing to how to build and edit a website. At times I wonder if my road would have been easier if I had gone to school for photography (or business) or followed a more traditional path as that photographer I worked for in Chicago told me to do. However, I wouldn’t change anything given the chance. It’s made me who I am today, allowed me to fully connect with my clients and has pushed me to be completely fearless.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Evangeline Lane Photography – what should we know?
I’m an elopement and wedding photographer and I just launched a family lifestyle project called “little tribe diaries”. I’m known for being laid back in my approach and capturing romantic photographs that tell the story of the day in an authentic and natural way. To me, it’s all about connection. I see photographing a wedding like being invited to tell a deeply personal, highly magical and beautiful story with my camera. To me, the beauty is in the little moments, the imperfect moments, the real and honest moments between my clients and the community that supports them. It’s about capturing the wide-mouthed laughter and the tears, the tender looks of love and anticipation, and importantly the environment that surrounds them.
About 30% of the weddings I photograph take place outside of Los Angeles, across the country, and the world. I love to travel.near and far.
- Website: http://evangelinelane.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/theevangelinelane
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/iheartevangelinelanephotography