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Meet Andrea Deighton


Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Deighton.
 

Hi Andrea, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My love for photography began at a very young age! Growing up, I always had a disposable camera with me and would document all of the fun events I attended with friends and family. Following the events, I would get my photos developed and add them to albums so that I could look back and relive all of the fun times. I eventually upgraded from disposable cameras to a digital point and shoot, and later I received my first Canon DSLR as a graduation gift from college. After learning how to use my DSLR to its full potential, my love for photography grew even stronger. I would take photos of anything and everything just for practice! Eventually friends and family started asking if I would take their family photos for Christmas cards and my portrait photography business blossomed from there. With hard work and perseverance, late nights, and many tears along the way, my business officially became an LLC in 2015, and I have been photographing weddings and portraits ever since! I feel so blessed that this passion turned into a career and that I have the honor of capturing precious memories for my clients to cherish for a lifetime. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I would say that overall, it has been a pretty smooth road, but there have definitely been many challenges along the way. Small businesses take a lot of hard work and dedication, and my business was certainly not an overnight success. I am 100% self-taught, so I would spend every spare moment learning as much as I could about my camera, posing, editing, how to run a business, etc. I also began my business while I was working full-time as a teacher, and the busier I became with photography, the harder it became to find a good work/life balance. I would schedule sessions anywhere I could fit them in. I worked all day teaching kindergarten, went straight to photo sessions, stayed up extremely late editing, and also scheduled events and weddings on weekends. After years of hustling and growing my business, I reached a point where I was able to leave my teaching career and become a full-time wedding and portrait photographer. There were also times in my journey when I just wanted to give up. I would think things like, “Am I good enough to do this for a living?” “Do people truly trust me to capture one of the most important days of their lives?” Self-doubt can definitely take over in this industry, especially in the world of Instagram, where you’re constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling like your work is less than. I have learned to just focus on my own work, not compare myself to others, and place my focus on my own artistic abilities as opposed to others. The newest and most current challenge I am facing is finding the best work/life balance while running my business and being home taking care of my two small kiddos (a son who just turned two and a daughter who is 6 weeks old). I’m sure there will be many more challenges along the way, but I will always be so thankful for this amazing journey. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a portrait photographer who specializes in photographing weddings, families, and newborns. I am proud of the fact that I am 100% self-taught and have built this business by myself from the ground up (with a lot of support from family and friends). Throughout this journey, I have worked really hard to push myself and step out of my comfort zone to get where I am today. When I first started my business, I told myself I would never photograph a wedding. Within the next year, I was asked by someone that I had gone to school with since kindergarten to photograph her wedding. After telling her that I had never photographed a wedding and never intended on doing so, she proceeded to tell me that she still trusted me and loved my work enough to document her wedding day. After thinking long and hard about the opportunity, I decided to take the job. I am so incredibly thankful that I did because if she hadn’t put her faith in me and my work, I’m not sure I would have ever entered the amazing world of wedding photography. I now photograph 10-15 beautiful weddings per year, and I absolutely love working with my couples and capturing one of the most important days of their lives! Along with documenting weddings, I also photograph a variety of portraits such as engagements, families, maternity, and newborns. 

Pricing:

  • Wedding Collections Begin at $4800
  • Signature Portrait Sessions begin at $500 (includes engagement, family, maternity, milestone)
  • Lifestyle Newborn Sessions begin at $600

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Image Credits

Andrea Lynne Photography

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