We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
It’s one thing to say to your kids, “you can be anything you set your mind to” but I think it’s even more important to show them. I try to show my daughter you can build the life with want through hard work, patience, and a heart for others. Finding the right work\life balance is just as important. I bring my daughter to the studio to help me set-up for shoots, so she can feel included in my work. I also have dedicated “fundays” that I take off each week just to spend quality time with her. When I first started my business I took every client that wanted to book and ended up working every day. Now I set boundaries for my time and even share my “fundays” with my clients on social media. Now they respect the boundaries I set for my life!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My true heart lives with portrait photography, I love to show women they are so much more than this two-dimensional version they see in the mirror. I love to empower women to see the beauty in themselves, just as they are. Our scars and “our perfectly imperfect” bodies tell the story of our life and we shouldn’t try to hide behind them, instead embrace them. I try to use my time with my clients to ignite a self-love journey that will inspire confidence for a lifetime. My journey into photography started as a way to be creative in art school and later in my career as a graphic designer. I quickly realized that the days I got to use my camera, were the best of my career and decided to step out and make that my full-time career. That leap was definitely a leap of faith, but one I haven’t regretted for one second.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
While the city is a fun place to be, the mountains always call for me. One of my favorite road trips are through the North Georgia mountains. I love to stop at the adorable little towns along the way, shop for hidden gems, eat at hole-in-the-wall restaurants with amazing and locally-sourced food, and best of all, visit the picturesque wineries that area has to offer. We would stay in an interesting AirBnB that offered us a glimpse into the local life of the area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My local photography community is truly amazing! We have a facebook group dedicated to helping each other, have meet-ups just to hang out (before Covid…boo), have head shot swaps, and even business-centered meetings. I have seen other photographers jump in when emergencies happen and do charity events. In other areas of the country I have lived local photographers view each other as competition, while this group truly believes in community over competition and help each other every chance they get.
My headshot photo was by : Danielle Phillips Everything else was taken by me.