Today we’d like to introduce you to Jane Button.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I fell in love with images at a very young age. As soon as I was old enough, I got my first camera and started taking pictures of anything and everything! My parents used to shake their heads at how much money I would spend on film and develop. But I loved capturing images of my friends, my family, and my life.
In college, I studied Theatre & Dance at the University of NH. I got my first 35 mm camera, a Pentax K-1000, during my junior year. I took some darkroom classes but it continued to be a hobby for me until about 2006 when I traded up to a digital SLR camera. Then I started taking photos of my friends who needed acting headshot, families, high school seniors and eventually my first wedding.
I studied photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester and got my Certificate in Photography in 2012. My first studio space was in the little town of Newmarket, NH; I shared that space with another photographer for about 2.5 years. Then I moved to the city of Manchester and found my current studio space in November of 2015. That is also when I became a full-time photographer and decided to stop pursuing wedding photography and concentrate on portraits. I now specialize in headshot photography for business, acting, modeling, dating, and personal branding.
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?
Life as an artist always has its challenges! At first, my struggles were with the camera and figuring out how to make really good images. But like anything else, it took time and a lot of practice to be technically proficient and able to create the kind of images I wanted to create.
Once I opened my studio in Manchester and went full-time, the challenge was being a business owner and know how to market my business, price and sell my products and network within my community. You don’t learn that in art school! It’s been mostly “on the job” training, with a lot of trial & error, but every day I learn something new and I love that.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jane Button Photography – what should we know?
Like so many others, I started photographing anything and everything because I just loved taking pictures! I thought I could be a “Jane-of-all-trades”, so to speak. After about six or seven years of trying to do it all, I took a deep breath and re-evaluated where I was at and what I really wanted to do. I realized that I really liked working one on one with a client during a portrait session. So, I decided to narrow down my offerings to portraits, and specifically headshots. I also try to shoot with natural light in my studio whenever possible, as it gives headshots a more contemporary look.
At first, I thought I was limiting myself too much by specializing in portraits and headshots, but I have such a diverse group of clients now! I’ve photographed executives, lawyers, actors (both children and adults), opera singers, artists, entrepreneurs, business owners, doctors, dentists – and the list goes on!
I am most proud of the fact that I have built my business myself (with the support of family and friends, of course) and that I’ve come so far in the past two years since being a full-time photographer. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store! I know that, for so many people, a portrait or headshot session can be very stressful. We are all so self-critical and concerned about our appearance, and this can cause a lot of tension in the body during a portrait session. Holding on to that tension is the worst thing a person can do when being photographed! The camera sees everything, so I really try to put my client at ease before, during and after the session. If they can trust me, breathe, and relax, that will show in their facial expression and body language, and that is what produces the best image for my clients.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being genuine and treating my clients with all the respect and attention they deserve.
- Headshots start at $180
- Personal Branding Sessions start at $300
- Portrait Sessions (family, high school seniors, pets) start at $249
- Website: www.janebuttonphotography.com
- Phone: 603-834-2883
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/janebuttonphotography