We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmela Hollcroft and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmela, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe that being creative is something that I have always been. I’ve always seen things from a different piloting of view than others. I am always wanting to tweak or twist something that is presented to me. Say for instants someone says I want my pictures to look like the ones online or my Pinterest board. I am usually looking at it as how can I make this special or unique for these clients. Because while those other pictures are beautiful they are someone else’s, and I want to make their photos theirs. Something only they have.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started doing photography in August of 2011. It has definitely not been an easy or smooth road. Juggling a family, 8-5 job, kid activities and life in general. It is still something that I am glad that I started. I have constantly pushed and challenged myself throughout the years to make the next session better. I am always on competition with other freelance photographers as well as company photography businesses. However in with competing others I am able to offer lower prices and give the intimate experience to my clients as high end photographers. I’ve definitely learned that not all clients want the same thing or have the same style. So I make sure to fully have the vision that my clients are looking for upfront. I want others to know that even though I am just one person that I am capable of taking care of their needs and wants for their sessions. That my photography is more about the moment not the money. I am also a domestic violence survivor, so I also like to donate my services/sessions to raffles and others who are just getting out of shelters or to help with fundraisers. I want to make sure I always give back to or help the community and people that have continued to trust me with taking their photos
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?
We would start at Norma’s cafe for breakfast or any meal really. It is so good. Lunch would probably be Cafe de France for their chef salad. It’s amazing. Dinners would probably consist of food from casa don Luis, maggiano’s or making dinners at our place since I love to cook. We would probably hang out at down at white rock lake, deep Ellum for some serious pizza and also around park lane shops.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother, husband and children. I know that’s more than one, but I really couldn’t have succeeded without any of them. My mother always encouraged me being outgoing and always wanting to be part of it make something. She always told me that the world was tough and stubborn but that I was too. My husband has always supported me and my photography journey. My children have been my inspiration to want to capture every special moment in life because it goes by so fast.
Website: www.hollcroft photography.com