We had the good fortune of connecting with Casey Hawkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Casey, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think the most important factor in my success is passion. I absolutely love what I do, and I pour into it like a craft instead of a business. I get to capture the most significant days & seasons of people’s lives – the day they welcome a new life into the world, the day they make vows of love & commitment; the season in which they’re newly in-love & the seasons of struggle, growth, and mature love. It’s an honor to be entrusted to document & slow-down people’s fast lives. This devotion to catching all of the most important moments, as well as those in-between, capturing real emotion & connection, and producing images that make those in them really feel something is what makes me successful. Anyone can take a decent picture these days, especially with pretty great cameras tucked in our pockets at all times. I believe what makes a really incredible photographer is someone who can tell a story with their collection of photographs, and take people back to once-in-a-lifetime moments again and again. Consistently delivering memories that bring people joy is what makes me successful. Once I make a connection with a client, they trust me for all their future photography needs.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been told that what sets me apart from others is the feeling my photographs evoke from those who are in them & those who view them. I am most proud of my ability to make real connections with people to make them more comfortable & authentic in front of my camera. I always try to put people at ease and assure them that just interacting with each other in a natural way is the key to capturing genuine moments. The work has been immesely gratifying, but not easy. Learning how to take technically good photographs is a skill that needs to be honed & perfected. I’ve clocked countless hours self-teaching myself photography, soaking-up information from the best photographers in the world, and practicing with my equipment. Managing a business is the hardest part for me. Feeling comfortable with charging what my service is worth does not come naturally to me, and being a perfectionist makes time management & efficiency difficult. I’ve learned to give myself more grace than I do by default. I’ve learned that time spent doing something I love that is a great gift to others is not time wasted, even if it feels like my efforts didn’t pay-off financially. I want people to know that I am overly dedicated to making them happy with the results of working with me, and that I truly pour my heart & soul into their final product.
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?
Some of my favorite places in the metroplex are art museums. I could spend all day with my best friend at the Dallas Museum of Art, or museum-hopping through Fort Worth. If we’re staying in Denton, I’d take them to the square where we’d visit the Mini Mall, grab burgers for lunch at LSA, and enjoy drinks with live music at Harvest House.
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 family has been my biggest support system in the creation & success of my business. My husband is incredibly supportive & really believes that my art is worthy of the time, effort, and cost we have poured into it. My kids are my biggest fans, and are so patient when I need to take time out of our busy days to meet the needs of my clients. I am so grateful to get to do what I love while being cheered-on by my favorite people!
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