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Meet Photographer Heather Young

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heather Young.

Heather, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a kid growing up in New Hampshire I always found myself playing around with photography here and there for fun – my dad had an old Canon he handed down to me, and that’s what I learned on. I actually went to college for Graphic Design – and at the same time began photographing the occasional wedding or event on weekends. After college, I tried the 9-5 thing for awhile using my degree, but ultimately realized it wasn’t really for me and moved to Florida in 2013 to start photographing portraits and events full time. Three years later, even though business was going well, I felt like I had plateaued and wasn’t being fulfilled creatively – I moved out to California in December 2015 to begin pursuing commercial and fashion photography.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve been lucky in a lot of ways but I wouldn’t say it’s been smooth – I’ve always kind of been an all or nothing type of person, and at times on the impulsive side, who has never been one to have a “plan b”. After college, I felt like I was failing because I didn’t feel happy, and was never very good at my office job. Quitting to focus on photography and moving multiple times came with a lot of doubts from the people around me. It took me a long time to figure out and accept what worked for me, and what didn’t.

Have you ever wanted to stop doing what you do and just start over?
There were most definitely a lot of times I felt really frustrated and like I was fighting an uphill battle, when I felt I was doing all I could but was struggling with a lack of follow through, or was financially stressed –  but I can’t remember a time I really felt like quitting altogether, I love it too much.

What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
Utilize social media like crazy, and go out and just do your thing as much and as often as you can. Consistency and persistence are everything.

What are you looking forward to?
I am always working towards refining my work stylistically. With photography, I think it’s great when people see an image and immediately know who took it. Also just expanding my network of those I work with and shoot – the awesome thing about this career is you meet so many creative, talented, and interesting people, almost by default.

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