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MY APPROACH

What this is all about.

The same way we all get into photography, right?

I started out shooting self portraits, which then turned into photographing friends which led into photographing families. I specialized in shooting families, children, and newborns for the first couple of years of my business.

I got my first camera when I was 14 years old and basically took lots of grass blades photos.
I then started shooting weddings and that little fire I had inside of me for photography started growing like crazy.

I connected with it instantly. It felt like it’s what I was supposed to do and although it still didn’t feel easy and my work wasn’t yet reflective of what I envisioned it to be, I knew it was what I wanted to pursue.

And then, I dropped out of college...

I had tried studying photography in school but wasn’t learning anything I wanted to. I can’t learn out of a text book. I can’t learn from some old uncle bob no one has ever heard of that I don’t connect with at all. I have to learn things on my own, doing things hands on, having things explained to me, making mistakes, fixing them, and reaching my goals.

So, I dropped out. It wasn’t the learning style for me. I knew there had to be a better way. I started reaching out to local photographers in my area to ask for guidance and mentoring in any big or small way I could get it.

I got shut down every time.
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Photographers would tell me their information was their secrets, that it was absurd I would even ask for help.
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I would get completely ignored, even if I was offering to pay for their help. I just felt really lost.
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You can only watch so many youtube videos about this stuff before you get stuck. And I was stuck.
So I decided I never wanted to make anyone ever feel that way

Because that really, really freaking sucked. I could have been saved years of mistakes and mess ups so easily, but the “community over competition” movement was far from being a thing yet. So, I figured things out on my own. I worked hard, and now I’m to the point where I have a platform to share everything I know.

JUST KNOW, THERE'S A REAL HUMAN BEHIND HERE.
I watch netflix with my dogs, I'm trying to keep all of my houseplants from dying,
I have an unhealthy relationship with Chick fil a; I'm just trying to figure my way through this cool life we get to live.

I PUT MY HEART INTO ALL OF THIS.

I feel the same way about this work as I do my photography. I go through ruts with it. I question whether or not it's any good at times. I'll lose sleep for weeks while working on everything I put out to make it perfect. What makes it all worth the emotional roller coaster is how much these little nuggets of info can help people's businesses and passions in ways I never would have though. That's what I do this for.

Experience
India is such an incredible teacher! She knows just how to break things down into digestible chunks and explain how to improve without ever making you feel less than amazing. It’s obvious that she’s done her research and has the experience to back up the advice she gives. She knows her stuff! Definitely the best investment I’ve made to improve myself and my business. Not only was it 1000% worth the money, hanging out with India in any way, shape, or form just makes you a better person!
Dayna Turnblom
Experience
My mentor session with India was AMAZING! When I saw India open up her mentor sessions, I knew I had to have one! Not only has my artistry and creativity etc. gotten better, but the business side of things is running much smoother and I have her to thank. I love that I got to ask questions ahead of time I was a lot easier than trying to think of things on the spot. I love that she took the time to write out all the important notes and send them to me after our session. This was HUGE for me. It was way easier to sit and listen/learn instead of worrying about missing stuff because I was too busy trying to write notes! I highly recommend booking a mentor session with her, you will feel so refreshed and ready to take on the world!
Katie DelaCruz
Experience
I truly believe I would not be who I am today as a photographer without India. I did my first ever mentorship with her and she taught me SO much! Proper camera settings, Lightroom techniques to achieve the look I wanted, posing, etc. But more than that, Inda treated me like her friend. She never once made me feel like she was better than me or like she needed to hide anything. She was an open book and I could see how happy she was to teach me. She is so supportive and kind. Forever grateful for this girl.
Stephanie Fisher of From the Daisies
Experience

To the photographer out there questioning whether it’s worth it, or trying to decide whether to invest in themselves and their business by learning from someone they look up to, specifically India… FREAKING DO IT. India goes above and beyond to make sure that YOU get the most out of the experience too, and she’s just the best! Her work speaks for itself, and we all know how amazing of an artist she is, but that’s just the cherry on top of her sweet spirit and how giving she is. She’s such a great teacher, so passionate, and so kind and generous the share her knowledge with others so fearlessly, and you should take her up on it!

Deborah Hughes
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