Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Topham.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a photographer and documentary filmmaker living in beautiful Western Massachusetts! I grew up here but spent most of my twenties in Santa Cruz, California, where I went to school for film and digital media.
In 2006, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Digital Media from the University of California in Santa Cruz. I later went on to work as a script coordinator on a documentary film about the launch of Sputnik called “Sputnik Mania”. This experience opened up a desire to work on my own form of documentary storytelling, and in 2008 I moved back to New England to pursue a Master’s degree in Photojournalism at Boston University.
While enrolled in my master’s program, I connected with a small running club, The Trail Animals Running Club (TARC), that met for weekly runs at the Blue Hills just outside of Boston. I spent many weekends documenting the lives and culture of this community as it grew from a small club to one with over 2500 members.
I would meet them for weekly runs and races, taking photos and video, and speaking with members, old and new. For seven years I documented this incredible trail running movement in the city and in 2016, I released my first documentary film about it called “The Trails Are Free”. The project was self-funded, shot, directed, and edited.
In addition to my documentary film work, I shoot weddings, bar mitzvahs, portrait sessions and any other variety of event large or small. My work is heavily influenced by my background in photojournalism and documentary work.
I also provide multimedia and commercial photography services to Yarn.com. Since 2011, I have built an extensive library of over 300 videos for the largest online yarn retailer in the world.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has been everything but smooth! Haha. This line of work never ends, and with the way technology is now, a photographer is no longer “just a photographer”. In order to stay competitive, I have to know photography, video, web design, graphic design, and sound design. It can be a lot to juggle, and it can be very high paced.
I work as a commercial photographer Monday through Friday, on the weekends I’m shooting a wedding or event, and when I can figure it in, I’m working on a project that means something to me. I have two kids now and I really have to use my time wisely. I don’t have the luxury of waiting to work when I’m inspired anymore. If I have a couple hours to edit, I better use them ready or not!
It can be a lot but it’s work that’s meaningful, and that makes me happy.
Topham Photo – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a photographer and documentary filmmaker from Western Massachusetts. I specialize in documentary style photography and video. I am known for my photojournalistic visual style and fun demeanor! I like meeting new people and capturing their stories.
I am most proud of my ability to meet the wide variety of visual needs people have and to work with clients that hire me for my unique style and personality.
I think what sets me apart is that I’ve been pretty DIY about things. I don’t tend to show up with a ton of equipment and lights and things that tend to scare people who may be camera shy. I really see the value in spending time with a subject before filming an interview with them or taking their picture.
When I worked on my documentary film about ultra running in New England, I ran with many of the subjects I featured in the project Many of them shared their stories with me when I didn’t have my camera. They knew me by name, they felt at ease with me and were open to sharing their stories. I want to capture folks in their element and make them feel comfortable
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success by how much I’ve made an impact. I want the wedding photography I do to really capture the feeling of the day. I want people to feel like I’ve really caught the right moments. With my documentary work, I want to tell a story that many people can relate to and be inspired by. I want my work to build on narratives in our communities and in our lives. It has to be meaningful.
- weddings range from $2000-3000
- portrait sessions range from $250-$400
- Website: www.lindseytopham.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseytopham/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tophamphoto/
- Other: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thetrailsarefree