Updated: Mar 23
1. Tell me about yourself and your business.
I'm Emily Bourne and I own Natural Bourne Photography, a full service photography studio in Springville, Utah. I specialize in creative and fairytale portraits and themed weddings and events. As a full service studio, I walk my clients through the entire creative process, from the initial idea to heirloom quality prints and products. My goal is to create personalized art for my clients to display in their homes.
2. What inspired you to start your business?
I've been interested in photography since I was 14. I took some photography classes in college and when digital cameras became a good option, I made the jump from film. When I first started my business 8 years ago, I was shooting traditional families and weddings. In the past 3 years I've found a niche that I love, is unique, and stretches me creatively. I love working with people that want something different and value high quality, fine art photography.
3. What advice would you give to other professionals in your industry?
1) Cameras are becoming so good and affordable that almost anyone can take a decent picture and the market is getting oversaturated- especially for those just starting out. If you're really committed to making photography a career, you need to treat it like that. Get legal, get your books in order, price yourself so you can actually make a profit. Learn how to run a real business.
2) Education over gear. Don't invest in better equipment until you know how to get the best pictures you can from what you have.
3) Differentiate yourself from all the other photographers out there. There are a million ways to do this. Think about what resonates with you and what your strengths are, not what everyone else is doing- be creative!
4. What accomplishments have you experienced since starting your business?
I'm drawn to the creative side of photography, while also mastering the technical aspects. I've won several local photography contests because my work stands out as not only being technically sound, but also creative and visually interesting. I've recently been invited to show work at a local fine art gallery and I have photographs featured on book covers. I've also been featured in several digital wedding publications and blogs. My photography has allowed me to travel as well. Last year I went to Jamaica and Ireland, this summer I'm headed to the UK. I've had the opportunity to teach some beginning photography classes and I'm currently doing mentoring sessions. I'm thrilled to be able to give back to the industry!
5. Where can people find you?
Emily BourneNatural Bourne Photography My studio is located in Springville, Utah but I'm available to shoot anywhere.