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Rising Stars: Meet Riley Rutland

Today we’d like to introduce you to Riley Rutland.

Hi Riley, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Riley Rutland Photography has changed my life for so many reasons. I started taking photos when I was sixteen. I never intended for photography to become my job, let alone a potentially full-time job. I started taking photos of my friends and family, but senior photos really made my business take off. During senior sessions, I learned how to become more comfortable around people and ultimately learned how to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I tried my best to honestly make people forget that we were even taking photos. Each session made me more comfortable with my people skills and it allowed me to become a person that truly cares for the people around me more than myself.

Eventually, I started to get into weddings, and being personable really made me stand out. My goal for every wedding was and still is to make each client, their family, and their guests feel loved through me. I care so much about photos and how the client really felt while I was taking the photo. Each session and wedding are so different in their own ways and I learn so much about photography and myself each day.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Photography is always changing and there are challenges every day, but they make this business fun. I enjoy change and learning new things. I am always educating myself through courses, trying out different gear, and building my photography creative community. Having a photography community has allowed me to talk through questions and push through the obstacles to learn through the process.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I strive to photograph the stories and how they occurred. Each couple, season, and wedding is different. I enjoy warm tones that photos that don’t feel too edited. I want the photos to look natural and overall tell a story.

What does success mean to you?
I define success as meeting goals that you set for yourself. I believe it is important to have daily and yearly goals for your life and your job. For photography, I define my success as making sure my clients felt that I treated them with love and respect. Success for my business means that I have been as artistic as I can, I have put my client’s needs first, and each photo feels like you were sitting in the room when it was taken.

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Riley Rutland Photography

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