Today we’d like to introduce you to Penny Chevalley.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m 33 Washington D.C. raised photographer specializing in love and all that is has to offer. My heart is drawn to authenticity and seeing the magic that exists in even the simplest of settings. Telling your story is just as important to me as telling my own!
I am a wife, I am a mother. I am an entrepreneur. I am a hopeless romantic. I am a dreamer. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now nestled in the suburbs of Brentwood, CA, I spend my days capturing the love and joy that my clients share. My authentic approach to photography allows me to capture what I love most: MOMENTS. I took a liking to photography as I ventured through the process of becoming a mother and marrying my best friend in September of 2011 and it truly made me fall in love with love and photography.
I cherish the friendships between myself and my clients. To put it simply, I don’t want the relationship between us to just be a business transaction! I’m there for some of the most joyful moments of your life – and it’s something I don’t take lightly!
I live for my husband and my children. Yep! I’m going to get a little cheesy for a minute! My husband David is truly the most valued person in my life. We started dating in 2010 after meeting on social media and we have been inseparable ever since. He shows me on a daily basis his love and commitment to our life together! He truly is my best friend. We have three beautiful children together and being a mother is my most challenging and fulfilling job I’ve ever taken on.
I am an avid advocate for the bully breed and have two handsome bully pups who truly round out our chaotic family.
Photography has allowed me a creative outlet to maintain being a well-rounded individual while I have nurtured and watched my family grow. Photography has captured the smallest moments in my life to the biggest monuments such as birth and marriage. Even if my DSLR isn’t around my neck, my cell phone is out sharing the day to day with my clients and family. I’ve truly enjoyed watching myself find my style, my creative process and own personal growth.
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?
When I first started in photography, I was a novice (aren’t we all?). I heard people tell me I had an “eye” but that had to be nurtured and a work in progress. There is always a balance as a photographer in capturing your own family but being in the moment and enjoying it while you document, it’s a lot easier to be the paid photographer for someone else.
So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the P. Chevalley Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in lifestyle photography including families and children. However, I am expanding into weddings and so excited for the opportunities coming in 2018. My clients tell me daily that they appreciate my approach to families and how I make their sessions “fun” and “easy”. I can’t tell you how many times a wife has dragged her husband to a family session or a couple’s session and he’s left saying “thank you, that was so much less painless than I thought it would be”.
I also love watching families grow. I’ve witnessed so many families from engagements to births and everything in between.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Honestly, I do not believe in luck. I believe in manifestation. I believe in the policies of Ask. Believe. Receive. I believe that if you work hard enough while putting positive energy out into the world and creating beauty that it will come back to you in the best way possible. Karma is everything in this world and business.
- $150/Lifestyle Session
- $300/Newborn Session
- $900/Starter Wedding Package
- Address: Brentwood CA
- Website: casadechevalley.com/p-chevalley-artistry
- Phone: 571-251-2487
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pchevalleyartistry
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pchevalleyartistry
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/pchevalleyphoto
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/p-chevalley-photography-brentwood