We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitchell Graham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mitchell, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The first question I asked myself when starting my own business was, “Am I serious about this?” I had to tally up all of the benefits of starting a photography business. I also took into account that this profession didn’t seem much like work, because I loved it so much. Helping others & making profit truly influenced my decisions on starting my business during college. Once the decision was final, my last thoughts were to find my brand identity & expand clientele.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business was created to be more than just photography, yet a central hub that could bring different cultures together to help one another for the greater good. I feel as though, simply, the way in which I conduct myself and treat others is what sets my business apart from others. Building my business up to what it is today wasn’t an easy task. However, with consistency and dedication it was possible. Finding a consistent workflow comes with a lot of trial and error, but maintaining focus was key. Two key lessons I’ve learned along this journey are: deadlines are extremely important and that I had to constantly adapt with change.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend were visiting, I’d honestly be satisfied with their presence alone. However, if we had an itinerary it’d probably include: trips to the mall, fun content shoots, getting tacos or some new food spot we haven’t tried yet. In addition, we might go to an event or entertainment park and talk about our next moves in life.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s so many people that have supported me along this journey, and I wish that I could personally thank them all. One of the biggest influences on my business is my Father, who gave me my first camera. My first camera was classified as an industry professional DSLR, so just imagine how much of a jumpstart that gave me. Next, I’d like to recognize all of the models I had a chance to build with from the start of my career til’ now. Lastly, I’d like to highlight every photographer, entrepreneur and individual that are geniually striving to improve themselves and their business.
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