Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosane Walker.
Rosane, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up with a great appreciation for photography as I heard stories about my great grandfather developing his own photos in his basement. I would see his photos displayed on my grandparents’ walls and feel inspired. I recently learned that he was the President of the San Francisco Photographic Society when he sponsored the photography icon, Ansel Adams, for membership.
I got my first camera right after my 18th birthday and started really enjoying portraying people in their best light and showing their true beauty. I used to have photo sessions with my friends. We would all put makeup on, dress up and photograph each other with black and white film or cross processing slide film for fun effects. This was before social media and the filters that we all love so much.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve traveled a lot and moved quite a bit in the last twenty years so it has been hard growing the photography consistently as a business. Pricing my services in an affordable but sustainable way has also been a challenge. Every now and then, I’ve stepped away from professional photography, worked on other jobs and reevaluated where it fit into my life.
My advice for someone just starting out is to keep it simple. Don’t get into debt by purchasing the latest, most expensive equipment available. Value your work by charging a fair price for your services. If you’re always stressed about money, it can take the joy away from it.
Throughout this journey, I’ve learned to simplify my life. My family is totally on board with living simply so we can focus on what’s important in life. We trust God, work hard and try to be smart with our choices by not living beyond our means. We have learned that this is not a sacrifice; in fact, it’s so much fun that I’ve started an Instagram and Facebook account to share tips on how to have fun in Dallas without spending a lot of money. It’s called DFW FRUGAL LIVING and it makes me so happy to get messages from other moms thanking me for caring enough to share these tips and deals.
What do you do? What do you specialize in?
I’ve come to the conclusion that I must always be doing photography in a certain capacity to fuel my creative side. It’s part of who I am. Art is something that gives me so much energy, joy and hope to move forward. In the last year, I’ve found a new joy in doing personal branding photography and social media content creation. It has been a very rewarding experience as I help other entrepreneurs put their best foot forward online.
For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I find that nurturing relationships with other professionals online and in person is the best way to learn. I participate in Facebook groups and attend network meetings as often as I can. I’ve learned that helping each other is how we grow and succeed.
- Website: www.rosanewalker.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosanewalkerphoto/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosanewalkerphotography/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/dfwfrugalliving/
Photos by Rosane Walker Photography