We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Neal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Ever since I can remember, I knew I wanted to have a creative career. I went through a lot of phases and tried out so many different artistic avenues… fashion design, drums/piano/guitar, writing- none of them ever stuck with me until I tried photography. I love the arts and see so much inherent value in each of the different genres. Art makes you feel things, it can connect, comfort, inspire, and help to heal people. Being introverted, a lot of the time art helps me express myself as well as feel related to. I love how one piece of art can mean something different to each person experiencing it. Art is something that consistently makes me have a lust for life, and I am very thankful to have finally found the genre of art that I excel in.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My ability to make my clients feel comfortable and focus only on having a good time during their session really sets me apart from others. Im so honored to say that I have gained so many repeat clients, it means so much to me that people trust me with their most precious memories. I’m especially proud of myself for creating a laid back environment for my clients because I used to have a really hard time as a naturally introverted person, talking to people that I didn’t know, especially in the setting of me directing clients during a session. I’ve really come into my own over the years and feel so confident in my ability to just enjoy my work, and that in turn allows my clients to relax and have fun themselves! I love how intimate and warm my images feel, and I’m so excited to always keep learning and improving while having fun along the way.
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 always recommend Reunion Tower in Dallas! Go at sunset and stay up there until it gets dark, the city lights look so pretty from up there. It’s also a great place to grab dinner or drinks. Murrell Park in Flower Mound is a beautiful area if you enjoy boating, hiking, and nature. It’s on Lake Grapevine and is a great place to visit if you want to relax and enjoy the outdoors. One of the most exciting things I’ve gotten to do in Dallas was a helicopter ride over the city- there are a few companies that offer this, it was a really cool experience and perfect for if you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary and want to spend a little more on something unique!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say that my parents have held the largest role in my success. They bought my first camera for me when I was in a high school photography class, and even before that have always supported all of my artistic ventures. They are my number one fans, commenting on and sharing my work, helping me figure out the business side of things, even a few times going along to a shoot with me to help out. When I was working a full time day job as well as trying to go full time with my photography business, there was a point where I got really worn down and was considering giving up on my business and going to school for something else. I’ll never forget the day my dad came over to my house, sat down with me and encouraged me to not only keep trying, but to try harder than I ever had. I feel like that was really a big turning point for me and within the next 6 months I was able to quit my day job, go full time, and am coming up on my two year anniversary of full time photography this October! Sometimes, all you need is someone to tell you that you’re good at what you do and that if its what you truly want to do with your life, you should give it your all and never give up. Will always be grateful to have such a loving and supportive family.
All images included credit to Paige Alexis Photography