Today we’d like to introduce you to Havi Frost.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Havi. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Photography was something that always captivated my interest. As a small child, I’d spend hours flipping through my mom’s old photo albums while lounging on my carpeted, bedroom floor in the Pacific Northwest. My mom’s side of the family all lived in Texas and Louisiana, so I rarely was able to see them. Both of my grandmothers had passed away before I was born and these old photographs were the only way I had to put faces to the names in the anecdotes my mom would share about my extended family.
When I was around 7 or 8, my mom gave me two of her mother’s vintage cameras and that was my first experience with actually creating images. Years later, I was a very active nationally exhibited, fine art photographer and gallery curator, but I was still passionate about learning every aspect of my craft that I could. I would assist, shadow, and second shoot for any photographer who would let me.
Eventually, I fell in love with documenting weddings. For me, wedding photography is the perfect mix of street photography and fine art; you have to be ready to capture those split-second moments, but there are also times when you’re able to set up an image completely from scratch.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Transitioning from fine art photography to documenting weddings has been a fairly smooth change. The business side of wedding photography is completely different from fine art, but reaching out to other industry professionals including my lawyer, and reading a copious number of books on the topic definitely helped.
However, I will say that had I not second shot with other wedding photographers and had so much previous experience in photography, the transition could have been devastating! Weddings are fast-paced and photographers have to be very comfortable with setting changes on their cameras, with knowing how much they can push their specific gear without compromising image quality, with time management, knowing how to quickly troubleshoot any potential technical issues, and so much more.
Havi Frost Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Many of my clients tell me that our sessions together are fun, laid-back, and comfortable and I think the reason they feel that way is because I’m genuinely interested in them as individuals and as a couple. I love meeting new people and creating connections with them. I view our sessions as a team working together in order to tailor our session to their interests and personalities.
I walk into each session with a million ideas, but I still want it to be about them and not only about what I want to do at that given moment. One of my favorite aspects of my business is running into past clients as it’s no different than running into old friends; we usually share a hug, a joke, and leave with smiles on our faces.
I’m also known for my professionalism, romantic portraits and for having quick turnaround times. I have a hard time focusing on anything else when I have a session to edit. Because of this, I work hard to have everything as perfect as possible in-camera in order to minimize time spent sitting in front of my computer. Also, I’m usually way too excited to show off our images to not immediately start the post-production work!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success has gone through many changes throughout my career as a wedding photographer, At first, I defined success as making a living through photography while making my clients happy.
My definition, now, centers on surpassing my client’s expectations while also pushing the boundaries of my comfort level – technically speaking. I have an amazing team of photographers that I completely trust to handle all the “safe” shots which allows me to try new things during weddings. Sometimes these ideas and techniques pan out… other times, I wind up with a bad case of poison ivy.
- Portrait sessions start at $500
- Traditional wedding day coverage starts at $3100
- Website: www.havifrost.com
- Phone: 2146686855
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/havifrost/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/havifrostphotography/