Today we’d like to introduce you to Lyndsay McNiff.
Lyndsay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story began when I was a young child. Obsessed with disposable cameras, I used to stage elaborate photo shoots with my siblings and their friends, always dressed in costume! That interest continued into my teen years when my parents gifted me my first DSLR as a college graduation gift. Photography continued to be a passion as I documented my daily life and travel in my early 20s. A decade later, I gave birth to my oldest son and began photographing him. When I made the decision not to return to my full-time job, I slowly honed my skills until I had the confidence to launch my family photography business in 2015. To my surprise, my business grew over that first 12 months and has continued to grow each year since. My boys keep me busy (and messy!) during the day and my business provides me the creative outlet that I crave on the evenings and weekends.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say that I have had terrible struggles, but definitely have experienced the trials and tribulations of starting a business for the first time. My biggest struggle was originally creating a name and logo for my business that was more whimsical and kid-centric which ended up not fitting the brand I have created now. While family and newborn photography still makes up the majority of my business, I greatly enjoy photographing weddings, elopements, events, other entrepreneurs as well! Changing my business name and branding was a tedious process, but worth the effort! In hindsight, I recommend young women starting their businesses truly think about where they see themselves in 1, 5, and 10 years and ensure that their branding strategy can encompass wherever their imagination and drive can take them.
Now, in 2018, my largest struggle is balancing work and family life. With two young boys (and another on the way!) it is a constant struggle of making sure I provide them the love, attention, and stimulation they deserve while also providing my clients with an experience and product that I am proud of. The biggest benefit of owning your own business is that YOU set the hours. This can also be the biggest detriment if you’re not disciplined enough to schedule your own downtime and family time… which is so hard to do when your job is your passion. I can’t say that I have the magic key to this balance, but I am constantly working on it!
Please tell us about Lyndsay Hannah Photography.
I specialize in natural light family and newborn portraiture. Sessions with me are relaxed and fun for young children. My goal is always to capture the spirit and personality of not only each child present, but of the family as a whole. During my sessions, you won’t find me asking children to smile and say cheese… at least not for more than one frame! What you will find me doing is working to evoke real emotion and natural expressions from those behind my camera. I focus on the relationship between my subjects while using the natural available light as creatively as possible.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
As a typical oldest child, I have always been driven to succeed in anything I put my mind to and was always an obsessive reader/researcher. I apply those same principles in my business and am continually enrolling in classes and workshops to improve my skills and business management. I doubt I’ll ever want to stop learning!
- Family Sessions (Outdoor or In-Home) begin at $600 which includes time, talent, and 15 edited image files.
- Newborn Lifestyle Sessions begin at $700 which includes time, talent, and 20 edited image files.
- Intimate Weddings + Elopements begin at $1800 which includes 3 hours of coverage + edited image files.
- Website: www.lyndsayhannahphotography.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/lyndsayhannahphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyndsayhannahphotography
Lyndsay Hannah Photography