We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen Washam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from a small town in north Texas, Wichita Falls, but I’ve lived in the Dallas area since 2007. Growing up, I was the friend who would bring a disposable camera everywhere, snapping photos and then creating collages with the prints. Looking back, I can see I was making galleries and albums and telling the story of weekend trips, sleepovers, and vacations. Now, it’s an honor to work with clients to tell the stories of their families and make tangible their memories.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a lifestyle and portrait photographer, I am drawn to the small and slow moments that make our lives so meaningful. I love capturing the glances between moms and their babes, the warm embrace of loved ones, and all of the emotions that these soft touches bring out. My editing style leans toward warm tones, which I love because they add a rich depth to portraits and bring more of those emotions to life. I know this makes my photography sound super serious, but really, I just love having fun at my sessions! I have playlists for different types of photoshoots and guide my clients through a series of prompts and poses that encourage connection, and that’s when I’m able to capture their emotions and love for one another. I have been a photographer for almost 4 years, and I have learned a lot along the way. Most importantly, though, I’ve learned to believe in myself and to trust my gut. I used to feel afraid and really insecure knowing I am what makes my business unique; but now that feels exciting! And that’s all because I decided to believe in myself (thanks to the support of my husband, close friends, and counselor).
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh my gosh, what a dream that would be! My best friends live in Hong Kong and Ireland, so if they were in town, I don’t know that I would even care what we did, haha! Ok, well, first I would go to Mudleaf Coffee here in Plano so we could catch up over a latte and fresh baked cookie. Next, we would probably head out to White Rock Lake or down to Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve for an afternoon hike – and of course, we’d pack our hammocks. To be honest, I don’t eat out much, but I do love to cook. So, we would probably head over to Trader Joe’s and pick up fresh flowers and things to make dinner at home. And even though I just said I don’t eat out much, I would make sure we enjoyed brunch at Biscuit Bar – have you had their biscuits?! So good! The rest of the week would probably be spent just enjoying quality time together, which is the most exciting and fun thing to me. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Brian, deserves the biggest and loudest shout out from me. When I started my business, it was actually with his camera. He has believed in me and encouraged me from the moment I started. His support encourages me to dream even bigger and try new ideas with confidence. Brian’s trust in me makes me want to dig even deeper, be even more vulnerable, and go deeper into my creativity. I also can’t miss the opportunity to shoutout to my closest friends who are always cheering me on and inspiring me with their own creativity and adventures: Julie, Katie, Jess, Esther, and Sara. Their love and compassion for others combined with their love for creativity and adventure is truly inspiring to me.