Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Prince.
Chris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I went to college in Nashville for music business and spent 12 years working at major record labels and publishing companies. My wife and I decided to move back to Dallas to be closer to both our families. Needing a new industry, I knew I wanted to stay within the creative arts and landed on photography. After a year apprenticing at a prestigious family portrait studio, I decided to take the leap into the freelance world.
Like most photographers, I experimented in various genres shooting weddings, portraits and family photos before finding my calling in fashion and commercial work. I absolutely love working with other creative professionals and helping brands or models with their creative vision and needs. Guiding musical artists with their careers has transferred wonderfully to working with brands and bringing to life an image that showcases their company.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh, it’s definitely not been smooth! Changing careers is always hard and this has been no exception. Photography is incredibly rewarding and satisfying, but it can really be a struggle building a company. My business degree and past experience has definitely helped, but it’s a daily battle to believe you’re taking the right steps creatively and as a business owner. Thankfully, my clients have truly all been great! I’ve never had a terrible experience for which I’m incredibly thankful. I know that day will eventually come, but I’m looking forward to adding that experience on how best to handle those challenging situations as well.
Third Prince Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a commercial and fashion photographer that works with brands and models to create images that make them look their best. My clients have ranged from apparel, model portfolios and product photography. I’m most proud my clients always get three things from me. 1) A professional experience pre, during and post-shoot. 2) Images that really bring to life their needs 3) An attitude that the job’s not complete until they’re happy. I know you can’t please everyone all the time, but I do approach my shoots as being a part of their team with the same goals and not “just another vendor.” I’ve found that sets us all up for success!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
To me, success is defined as being able to create my own schedule through financial freedom. I have a baby daughter on the way. She’s probably here when this is published and I haven’t slept since this was written! Being able to have a schedule that is flexible enough to create great work for my clients and be present in her life is everything to me. I know sacrifices will have to be made on both fronts and that’s going to be incredibly hard. However, the only boss dictating if I can or can’t be at something for her is me. Making more than I spend and owning the flexibility of my time is the definition of success to me.
- Website: www.ThirdPrincePhotography.com
- Phone: 615-594-5682
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @3rdprincephotos
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