Today we’d like to introduce you to Libby Nelson.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Libby. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My love of art and storytelling came before my love of photography. Growing up, I loved stories. Telling stories, hearing stories, writing stories, reading stories. My favorite subjects in school were English and history. Meanwhile, I had been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil.
Photography was always part of my life, but for a long time, it was mostly a functional tool for memory making. I took photos constantly, but mainly just because I found the idea of freezing a moment in time fascinating and magical. It wasn’t until high school that I even considered photography an artistic outlet to pursue.
Well, I did pursue it as a hobby. That fascination with the magic turned into studying science and using that knowledge to better my vision and my images. I hit a point where my side hobby was taking far more time than my actual job, & at one point, when I was trying to figure out my next steps (I was even seeing a career counselor at the time), my career counselor looked me dead in the eye and said “I’m happy to keep meeting with you, but everyone in your life knows you’re meant to be a photographer except you.” So, I left my job and decided to go to photo school.
I graduated photo school in 2012, at first focusing on international documentary projects with various NGOs, but then refocusing my business on weddings and families when I decided to settle down and have my own. Wedding photography combines all the elements I love: art, storytelling, memory making. No matter how many weddings I book, I still feel incredibly honored each time someone chooses me to be responsible for documenting their occasion. Making memories with the lens of my unique artistic vision is truly a great privilege in my life.
Has it been a smooth road?
My greatest struggles, thus far, have been a work-life balance, particularly when I became pregnant. My daughter was due late May so goodbye wedding season bookings that year! I found the business momentum to very stop and start, though I have finally found myself in a groove with some good momentum built back up again.
My other major challenge has been my own confidence and belief that I could do this. I’m not a natural business person – my instinct is to give, not sell. So, learning to believe in myself and remember that giving is a good instinct to have, but my work is worthy of selling too has been a big internal hurdle to overcome.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the All the Little Stories Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
When I was relaunching my business, I tried to focus on why I photograph – what matters most to me? That’s when I realized that “All the Little Stories” really distilled my philosophy to its essence. My focus is on beautiful artistic photography that tells your story.
I like to get to know my couples and families, I like to learn about their backgrounds and their lives. Then I really try to capture every bit that I possibly can of that story, whether throughout a wedding day or in a quieter more intimate setting. My favorite feedback I ever receive from a client is that I’ve captured who they are.
In this way, I believe my albums also set me apart. I design all of my albums myself, with an emphasis on this personal narrative approach. My highest end albums include everything from first dance lyrics or quotes from a ceremony reading, to a brief written anecdote about the couple or the day, all tucked inside beautiful, showstopping photographs and collages that form a visual story.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the trend toward increasingly high-end imagery will continue. I think couples expect magazine worthy photos of their day and as such will continue to push the envelope with dresses, details, locations, floral installations. I also think this elopement trend will continue. It’s kind of the wedding extension of the fashionable minimalist movement, and I see that expanding in popularity.
- 8 hours of photography coverage begins at $3,500
- Albums begin at $1,250
- Standalone engagement sessions $400
- Website: http://www.allthelittlestories.com
- Phone: (617)913-9536
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/allthelittlestoriesphotography
Libby Nelson, All the Little Stories Photography