Name of business: Stein Creative Co.
Contact information: Facebook: Stein Creative Co.; E-mail: email@example.com; Website: steincreativeco.com; Hours: By Appointment; Phone: 330-432-2749.
Owner: Ashley Stein
Services offered: Engagement and wedding photography, as well as women’s empowerment photos.
Please tell us a little about Stein Creative Co.
Are you looking for that special wedding photographer that specializes in connecting to the bride and groom — someone that communicates and wants to know about you and your soon to be husband or wife’s love story? Do you want your engagement pictures captured with that personal touch that continues throughout your entire wedding experience, or as a confident woman? These type of shoots are a great way to enhance your hidden side, and experience a different type of a personal photography session. If you are one of these people above, I am your photographer.
Women: Don’t be scared of an empowering photo session, as it can be very liberating, and makes a great gift for your significant other. Trust me, the self-esteem boost is super fun, and you can learn so much about yourself. All my “Women Empowerment” photo shoots end up with my client saying how stunning they felt, and I truly believe it should be a requirement for all women to experience at least once in their life.
Too, there are women that go through pregnancy, and like to show off their figure before and after that experience, or maybe a breast cancer survivor that wants to detail her battle fought and won. Sometimes when you are feeling a little less gorgeous you have these pictures to remind you of the woman you really are: confident, daring, exquisite, and sweet all wrapped up in one package. I recently had a young lady show off the great results she enjoyed from working out — we were able to photograph her in all of her cute workout outfits, as well as heighten the results of her hard labor in the gym.
How did you develop your concept or idea for the business?
I have always loved taking pictures even as a young child. I was given the opportunity to take a photography class in high school, and I was instantly hooked. However, at that time I didn’t see it as an employment opportunity, and even started out my adult life with another career. It was five years ago, when I was on maternity leave with my first child; I begin thinking about going back to work, and not being able to stay home with my baby girl. I knew at that moment I wanted to primarily work from home.
Immediately thoughts of my love for photography overtook me and I decided to do some research into launching my own photography business. I knew there would be a lot of competition in this field, and that I would need to market myself extensively in a way that would set me apart from other photographers. During those weeks at home I learned that a very close and trusting connection with your clients is essential to the type of special photography I was hoping to focus on. After devising questionnaires and other ways to form close associations to my clients, I put them into practice, and I have been extremely successful in my relationship building with couples, and others. My clientele have become Facebook friends, lifetime friends, and hopefully, I will be there for their children’s engagement and wedding photo experience.
In my first year of business, I was able to book 24 weddings.
What challenges do you face running a full-time business from your home?
I am Mama to two sweet preschoolers and a 1-year-old. My husband is my best friend. I love spending as much time as possible with my family, but with having my studio in my home, I am editing photos, and conversing with my customers on a daily basis, which is a little like being on a roller-coaster that doesn’t stop. My ultimate goal when I chose this profession was to be home more, be a full-time mom, and to also make a hobby into a career. There are challenges, but I wouldn’t trade any part of it.
What would you like to highlight your share?
Photography is certainly a wonderful stress reliever for me. I really love concentrating my focus to my clients, and I lose myself for that period of time, as my creativity moves me. I see things that play into that couple’s particular story. When I focus on the slightest detail or see couples with their arms around each other and gazing into each other eyes, I see something that would have been lost had I not seized that certain moment in time. My clients will relive these memories each time they get their picture albums out for a trip down memory lane.
As a photographer, I want to know your name — your contact info, how you met, what makes you two tick as a couple, or as an empowering woman.
I want to devote my services to you, and tell your story through photography. Trust in the significance of each other and me. My best business quality is my investment in you, and the venture we take together.
COMPILED BY KRISTIE WILKIN