Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Coulter.
Molly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up, I was always the girl with the camera. While I’ve always loved taking pictures, I’ve also always loved looking at pictures. There’s just something special about a photograph that speaks to me. Photographs document some of the most special and precious moments of our life while allowing us to relive the memories, the emotions associated, and the people in the picture.
When a re-occurring knee injury pulled me away from sports in high school, I was forced to put my time and energy into another passion…photography. One summer while I was in college, I did an internship with David and Luke Edmonson of EDMONSON Weddings. Not only did I learn the basics of a DSLR camera, but how to interact with clients, run a business, and be creative. I quickly learned that no two clients or sessions were ever the same.
After learning from the Edmonsons, they gifted me with my first professional DSLR body. Up until that point, I had owned several “nice” cameras, but nothing came close to that first body. I loved that camera with all my heart and began photographing anything and everything I could. While I knew the basics, I knew that I still had so much more to learn. I started photographing a few families while I was still in college, but it wasn’t until I moved back to Dallas that I started my actual business.
With six solid years under my belt, knowing that people have selected and entrusted me to capture their most precious family, friends, and events is not something I take lightly.
Has it been a smooth road?
Honestly, it has been a smooth and invigorating road. Like I said earlier, there is so much to learn about running your own business that at times it has seemed like I was drinking from a fire hydrant. While it is empowering to be your own boss, it can also be overwhelming. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed learning and challenging myself along the way. I have been so fortunate to work with genuine clients who have been faithful to come back year after year. I am grateful to have trained under my incredible mentor photographers, David and Luke Edmonson, and to have several other photographer friends who have helped me along the way. My family and friends have also been incredibly supportive which has allowed me to pursue my passion.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Molly Coulter Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
My business, Molly Coulter Photography, is a Dallas based natural light photography business that specializes in both family and children’s portraits. While families and children are ultimately my favorite subjects to photograph, I also enjoy newborn lifestyle photography, pet photography, and photographing various other things (headshots, seniors, birthday parties).
If I had to choose one thing that would set me apart from other photographers it would be the fact that I truly love children and developing friendships with the families I photograph. Having also been an elementary teacher, I love pouring into and interacting with children. I love pulling out their real smiles which can sometimes be hard to come by. I love photographing a little newborn baby just hours after being born, at their home for the first time, when they have first learned to sit up, at their first birthday, and then starting the process all over again when their baby brother or sister comes along the way.
For me, it’s not just about showing up for a session to take some pictures and sending them off to my clients a few weeks later. It’s about getting to know my clients, being intentional at the session, and bringing out their best.
Do you feel like our city is a good place for businesses like yours? If someone was just starting out, would you recommend them starting out here? If not, what can our city do to improve?
Absolutely! One of the best things about being a photographer is the flexibility it provides. While the DFW area is filled with many talented photographers already, there is always room for mom to join. The hardest part about starting a business while having so many talented professionals around you is simply getting your name out there which takes work.
- Family Portrait Session- $375
- Children’s Portrait Session- $325
- Newborn Lifestyle Session- $400
- Fresh 48 Session- Starts at $295
- Senior Portrait Session- $350
- Professional Headshots- $150
- Website: https://www.mollycoulterphotography.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollycoulterphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MollyCoulterPhotography/?ref=settings
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/molly-coulter-photography-dallas
Image Credit for Molly’s photo under headline: Lindsay Davenport Photography