Today I have another fun new Creative Babes interview for your reading enjoyment. Breanna Rush is a mom, teacher, blogger and a self-taught photographer who’s making a business out of her creative hobby. Read all about her journey with photography, plans for the future and her favorite breakfast foods in the interview below!
When and how did you get into photography? Do you have any formal training?
My passion for photography has always been pretty evident. I’ve been in love with photography since the first time I held a camera in my hands. It all started back in 2010 when a friend asked me to take a few pictures of her children for a Christmas card. That was the first time I felt the spark for really getting into photography. It wasn’t until about a year later when I found myself in a similar situation that my business started to take off. I took senior pictures for a family friend, and within a few weeks I found my entire summer booked taking more senior pictures!
My business has grown and evolved into something I am really proud of, and I take it very seriously. I am completely self taught and learning something new every single day.
Do you practice photography as a career or a side business? If a side business, would you like to do it full-time at some point?
Right now, my business is definitely a side business. I am actually a 6th grade teacher, which is my full time job. My photography business has supported two maternity leaves and helped us to pay off some of our debt. My earnings this year are going toward my dream camera! I would love to turn my photography business into something full-time, but right now, it’s just not in the cards. I’m happy doing what I can as a supplement to my income, and meeting and working with my clients is the most rewarding thing of all!
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I absolutely love photographing children. I am a huge fan of lifestyle shoots where I just shoot children in their element – candid shots are my favorite! There’s just something about a close-up photo of a child’s beautiful big eyes…it’s like I can see the whole world in them.
When and why did you decide to start blogging?
I’ve actually been blogging since 2009. I started my blog shortly after our engagement as a way to keep family and friends updated about our upcoming wedding. It just sort of evolved from there and has grown with me as I’ve grown. I didn’t seriously starting blogging until about two years ago, when our first baby came along. This is the first year that I’m starting to monetize my blog, just a little bit, and really work on reaching as many readers as possible.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into photography and/or blogging?
My advice would be to never give up and keep bettering yourself. You aren’t going to get anywhere by treading water – you just get tired. The same thing goes for blogging and photography – if you stay the same, your results will be the same. I am constantly reading, learning, engaging, and doing whatever I can to improve my photos – to improve my blog reach – to improve my business. It’s an ongoing process that results from many failures. Every stumbles and falls, but it’s getting back up and trying again that really counts!
Do you have any other creative hobbies other than photography and blogging?
I wish I were a crafty and creative person, but the short answer here is – I’m just not. I definitely have an interest in graphic design and would love to teach myself how to use Adobe Illustrator. I’ve tinkered around with it a bit, and I feel like it could definitely be something I start to explore. That’s what summer vacation is for
What is your favorite breakfast food?
If I have enough time, I absolutely love eggs and toast. Fried eggs, to be more specific – no runny yokes! Though, in a pinch, a bowl of cereal hits the spot. In our house we’re obsessed with Chex!
Thanks so much to Breanna for taking part in the feature! Please be sure to visit her websites and social accounts listed below. And if there are any other creative babes out there who are interested in being featured in a future post, just email me at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com
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