Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Baumgart.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I tend to see the world around me as a photo or video clip. Even if I don’t have a camera with me, I always seem to be framing up a shot in my head.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved photos and cameras. I still remember my first plastic point-and-shoot film camera. I had fun with it, but I would much rather play with my Dad’s “big boy” Minolta SLR with its manual focus and interchangeable lenses. When I was a teenager, my uncle, also a photographer, gave me a film enlarger and some developing chemicals. Seeing the prints slowly appear in my makeshift darkroom, better known as the family bathroom, was so exciting!
Before starting Baumgart Creative Media, I used to work in a fabrication shop making specialty furniture, reception counters and other custom pieces. Because I was interested in photography and had my own gear, after we would finish a cool project, the company would send me out to photograph the finished installation. While working in the shop was rewarding, I enjoyed photographing the products a lot more than making them.
After a lot of thought and preparation, I decided to go out on my own. In 2011, Baumgart Creative Media was born.
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?
It’s awesome to be able to make a living doing something I love. It can be a challenge at times though, to prevent the enjoyment of the hobby from disappearing and turning into just work. To combat this, I try to make time for personal projects and shoot just for fun as much as I can to keep the passion alive and to keep the creative juices flowing.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Baumgart Creative Media – what should we know?
We’re a husband & wife team which works out really nice. I tend to get more wrapped up in the technical side of things, such as composition, lighting and camera settings, whereas Martina is more of the “people” person. She’s great at working with our clients, getting them ready and relaxed, as well as helping to organize the shoot. When I’m busy behind the camera, Martina is always paying attention and taking notes. This is super helpful later on when we are editing to make sure that the feeling and story of the day comes across in the final product.
Our services include:
Photography – product, real estate, interiors, headshots, family & senior portraits.
Video – interviews, client testimonials, case studies, web commercials, event videos
We also have prints available for sale featuring beautiful spots around New England and from our travels throughout Europe.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
We take what we do seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We treat our clients like real people, not just another paycheck. When shooting a portrait session or video interview, we understand that many people are nervous or uncomfortable in front of the camera, so we try to make it a fun and pleasant experience.
- Website: www.baumgartcreativemedia.com
- Phone: 978.798.8820
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org