We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Hollins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In 2011, photography was just a fun hobby for me, but as the years passed, it quickly turned into a passion. I started shooting weddings in 2012, but I could never fully give my all to photography due to school and a hectic work schedule. It wasn’t until 2016 that I realized the importance of photography after I lost my grandfather. It was capturing some of the most intimate moments of loved ones that my couples valued the most. For me, it’s personal. So December 2018 came, I decided to focus solely on wedding photography and building my business from the ground up. 6 months later, in June 2019, I quit my full-time job and went Full time in my wedding photography business. I haven’t looked back since! It was one of the best decisions of my life!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Oh man, everything. Being a wedding and branding photographer is a busy job. Running your own business, you play so many roles. Photographer, editor, Product manager, customer service, marketing, Finance manager, all of that. It can get overwhelming, but I know that the work that I am doing today is setting me up for my future success. God didn’t give me this gift and not equip me with the tools I needed for it to flourish, So I push through daily. Honestly, I love serving my couples and clients. Learning about their love story or business and bringing their ideas to life makes the long days and nights worth it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love food! So we are eating some of Atlanta’s best! I currently love Pure Taqueria in Inman Park. They have the best Birria Tacos and Margarita’s! One night during the happy hour, we would grab a drink at the High Note rooftop bar. We would hang out and shop at Ponce city market and play some games on their rooftop, perfect at sunset! We would also have a fun picnic at the fourth ward park with my puppy champ. We would try Sluty Vegan (I told you I love food, lol) and maybe end with the aquarium. OH! can’t forget to order Mild wings with lemon pepper sprinkles at one of my favorite bar’s the Ubar. lol Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, God gets all the recognition! I couldn’t have made it through my first year full time without him, especially in the middle of a pandemic. My industry took a huge hit, but my business seemed to flourish! I’m going to always give glory to him. My husband and business partner, Paul, is also my biggest cheerleader! He is with me at every session! His support over the past 10 years has been one reason I didn’t give up when it got hard. My good friend Josselyne Hutchnz has also been a Godsend. I never knew I needed a friendship like ours until I had her. She’s helped me grow as a photographer in so many ways. I don’t deserve her. And my friend and mentor, Michelle Harris. Michelle is a powerhouse wedding photographer and educator! She has helped me streamline my business, shown nothing but love and support, and has selflessly given her all to help me achieve my goals. She has truly built a community of photographers like myself that has been life-changing. In this business community is super important! I’m thankful for the people God has placed in my life!
Personal photo: Dana Lele Jones Photography Wedding Photos: Forever Photography llc.