Today we’d like to introduce you to Lily Steadman.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story starts on a warm summer morning; the year is 2008. I walk outside with my mom’s Canon camera and find my way to the garden that is in full bloom. The bees are busy pollinating and the butterflies are dancing around me. I focus with the camera onto a honey bee that has landed onto a yellow daisy. I capture the moment, in full detail from the hair on the bees legs to the vibrant yellow petals. I realize at this moment that I want to be a photographer, I am thirteen years old.
Nine years have passed, and a few amateur photography classes later;I have found myself building my business Luna Tree. I was blessed to be employed by a school portrait company. Traveling to schools and gaining experience in portraits gave me the push I needed to start my own business. I was given the chance to prove my skill to a company that praised my work and pushed me to succeed. I am now doing engagement shoots and family portraits out of Portsmouth, NH. Through networking and constant hard work, I have been able to make a name for myself.
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?
The journey to finding myself and my business has been a long road. I have struggled to come to terms with who I want to be and how I want to be perceived by the world. The toughest struggle I have faced is learning to push past the people who doubt me. I have learned that to succeed I have to believe in myself. There have been some learning curves such as teaching myself about my camera and editing software. Up until my school photography position I had no prior training in positioning subjects properly.
Please tell us about Luna Tree Photography.
I am the owner and photographer of Luna Tree. I specialize in landscape and portrait photography. I would say I mostly capture moments in nature, such as sunsets, animals in their natural habitat, and waterfalls. I like to challenge myself with portraits of people; capturing moments of people in their daily lives is what I am known for. I normally stay away from strict, posed portraits. I am most proud of being able to capture the light that shines in every being. I would say what sets me apart from others is my ability to bring out the best in people that are put in a somewhat intimidating situation.
Being photographed you are put on the spot, it feels as though all eyes are on you, the ego comes out. How do I look, is this person judging me, what if the photos come out terrible? These are all questions that run through a person’s mind being put in front of a camera. I try to eliminate these thoughts from the minds of the people I photograph. I strive to bring an energy around me that feels comfortable and safe.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory is from when I was about thirteen years old. I looked out the back door of my house to the full moon. My inner photographer came out and I ran for my mom’s camera. That night I captured the moon with leaves from a tree branch framing the right side perfectly in a silhouette. The photograph hangs on the wall in my dad’s shop to this day.
- My hourly rate for portraits is $65/hour
- I sell my prints for $20 for a 5×7 $30 for an 8×10
- Phone: 603-502-7673
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Lunatree_
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Luna-Tree-Photography-314003049071950/