Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Baugh.
Hunter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started doing photography when I was really little – probably around 9 or 10. I would always want one of the Kodak Disposable Cameras to play with.
I think I was around the same age when I got my first camera. It was the lowest of the low of cameras you could get. I believe it was right around the time digital cameras were getting so big. This camera I had was so low, I think it was like $30 or $40. My mom bought it for me from Walmart. Keep in mind, it had no flash and no preview screen on the back. You literally took a photo, hope it was good and then when you got home, hooked it up to my computer and saw the lowest quality photo ever.
I got my first actual digital camera, a Kodak Easyshare back in 2003/2004, I think. I was taking photos of everything. Even so much, the photos I would take of friends at school, school dances and just out and about, ended up in our yearbooks.
Fast forwarding to where I am today is amazing. Not only for my improvement and knowledge I’ve gained – but, the improvement of cameras and technology as well.
I have such a passion for photography and I really feel that love and passion comes out in my photos and work. I spend so much time on them and finely tweaking them to make sure they are something that you will be able to cherish forever. There is one thing I say to myself while I’m doing a session, and its “I don’t want to ever look at my work in months or years down the road and say, I could’ve done this or that better during the session”. Therefore, when I’m doing a session, it’s going to end perfect and be perfect in the post-production/editing. So, when I give the final results, I and the client will have no regrets.
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?
Yes and no.
Everytime I think I’m getting better, I always see other people’s work and photos and think to myself, “Why can’t my work look like that?”.
But then, I also think, “Well, it can be. I just need to continue working at it and it will get there.”
Anything worth wanting is worth fighting and working for. I have spent hours upon hours watching YouTube videos, tutorials, shadowing other photographers and taking a class here and there. It’s all about the work you put forth.
For example, a bodybuilder doesn’t get as big and ripped as they do by sitting on their butt and watching T.V., they have to constantly be dieting, at the gym and working for it. It’s not going to land in their laps – just like the improvement of my work won’t happen if I don’t constantly try and keep trying.
To see where I am today vs. where I was a year ago today is so crazy.
Baughtography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My company is a photography company, mixed with my last name, therefore, Baughtography was born.
I shoot anything from families, newborns, senior portraits, maternity, headshots, and even weddings. Weddings are my specialty. I absolutely LOVE doing weddings and capturing those days. People don’t realize the love I have for doing them. I create custom timelines, take ANY shots the client is wanting and I even coordinate with the wedding planner, DJ, etc… to make sure their day is extra special.
I am so proud of where I’ve come in the last few years. I go into weddings now with so much confidence, because I KNOW what I am doing. If something happens last minute that we need to change, then so be it. I’ve gone as far as having to do a fake sendoff 4 hours before the wedding was over because we had a terrible storm coming. And thank goodness we did it because the storm hit AS we were walking back inside and lasted all night.
I think my personality sets me apart from other photographers/wedding photographers. I don’t get stressed and overwhelmed when something doesn’t happen just right. I’ve worked in the service industry for almost 15 years, so, I can multitask, deal with guests/people all while keeping a smile on my face and everything together, even if it’s all falling apart – because there is always a solution and I use my humor to make sure everything is good and to make people laugh and enjoy their time at whatever session/event I’m shooting.
For the future, I’m looking to get into radio within the next year or so and work at the KIDD Kraddick Morning Show, that’s my ultimate goal/dream.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have a couple.
I think the first would have to be to see how far I’ve come in weddings. I was extremely nervous when I shot my first one, I shadowed on it, but still, I did not want to miss anything important. Personally, I wanted to get all the big shots so that way I was experienced and ready for when I shot alone. Now, seeing my work now vs. when I shadowed that first wedding is mind-blowing in my opinion, the work speaks for itself.
Second, is how I’ve been able to juggle everything I have. I do photography full time, I work another job full time, I’m in school full time and I also have a wife and a 2 1/2 year old son. I stay very busy and I would say, to be able to do everything I do and still enjoy doing everything makes me very very proud.
- Website: www.baughtography.com
- Phone: 325-267-4668
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/baughtography AND www.instagram.com/baughtographyweddings
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Baughtography/ AND www.facebook.com/BaughtographyWeddings/
- Other: https://pin.it/pqrp4swsjsxw4c