We had the good fortune of connecting with Abigail Mueller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abigail, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Though my business is still in its early days, I’d say that the most important factor behind my brand relates to how I present my clients through my images. When I’m working with bands, doing portrait sessions specifically, presenting the band’s essence through my photographs is very important. I make it a part of my process to learn about their art through listening to their music and asking them how they’d like to present themselves to their audience. I pitch my own ideas to my clients, take in their feedback, and reach a point of agreement where we’re both on the same page. I’ll craft everything–from location, set design, lighting, image treatment, etc.–around our desired vision. Essentially, I see my work as a collaborative process and want my clients to feel like they’re being heard. In other words, I pretty much try to make my clients look as cool as they are in whatever way they think is coolest.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m lucky enough that my biggest roadblock was simply finding my photographic niche. I got through that by taking a break at one point and just focused on taking a single photo every day. Through that, I was able to discover what I naturally drift away from and gravitate towards stylistically. I’d also say that I got to where I am today by saying yes to new and daunting opportunities as they came to me, as well as, searching for them myself. I learned that taking an opportunity and struggling is much better than never taking that opportunity. I would say that experience has certainly been the best teacher for me so far and has helped me build confidence in myself.
I’d like for people to know that I’m so excited to work with them! Image can be everything when it comes to being any sort of artist, entrepreneur, etc., and I want my clients to know that I see how valuable imagery can be to their own success. I also want my clients to know that I understand money can be tight. If you’d like to work with me, I’m more than willing to negotiate prices or even set up a payment plan to make a shoot happen!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I frequent between Arlington and Denton quite often so I have some favorite places in both cities and areas in between. In Fort Worth, I could spend an entire day on Magnolia Street, which has been the go-to place when meeting up with friends. There are too many cute places in that area to name but whenever I go, I almost always make sure to spend some time at Avoca Coffee Roasters and Panther City Records. In the Denton Square, I absolutely love going to Recycled Books and Records and the Antique Mall there. There’s so much going on in those shops, it’s nice to even just browse! Off of the square there’s Harvest House, which is an all-in-one concert venue, bar, and coffee shop. It’s basically the perfect place to go to a concert at night and get pumped with enough caffeine the next morning to get things done.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have been endlessly supportive since day one. I remember taking a photo of a tree on my mom’s phone when I was maybe 13 or so and she actually framed it. That photo was pretty basic but she loved it because I took it and the fact that she loved it enough to frame it meant the world to me. In short, I’m so lucky that my parents have always been there for me and are the first people to hype me up whenever I make something new. The support that they’ve shown me is endless. In fact, my mom is still asking me for photos to frame.
Headshot: Maria Crane Following images: Abigail Mueller