We had the good fortune of connecting with Cassandra Altrich and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cassandra, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My honest thought process was, if I’m going to be doing it I might as well go all the way and give it my everything. I even decided very recently to start a photography business. If I fail, that means I tried. I love the quote “You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ― Roy T. Bennet. I have a huge comfort zone, so I know, when I’m scared to do something, it’s time to do it. Even if it isn’t a good time, I’ll get completely engrossed.

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’m predominantly a pin-up model, although I’ll get in front of, and behind the camera and model/ shoot any concept. Something I’m most proud of is going from not liking my picture being taken to having my photos in at least 5 magazines in the last 3 years. I am very excited about getting back to modeling after some medical issues, and starting on a photography journey. I got where I am today by being persistent. Pushing through hard times and making time for photo shoots has become second nature. I definitely have not loved every photo, there’s even some photo shoots where I didn’t like any photos, but I practiced and kept trying. It was easier to model than I thought it’d be, the hard part for me was the networking and getting out and finding photo shoots. I started coming up with concepts on my own and then, using the Women Networking in Photography groups, was then able to find photographers who wanted to shoot those concepts. Something I’ve learned is to be gracious, and kind. You never know what someone is going though and you can lift some one up or tear them down with simple words and actions. Why not lift them up? I’ve gone to photo shoots on horrible days with my whole world on fire. Now that I’m a photographer too, I work very hard to ensure my models are comfortable, and at least for the time they are in my studio they are happy. My story and my brand are simple; Be brave! Be strong! Do what makes you happy! And be kind to others!

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?
My favorite place growing up was always the Arizona Science Center, I could spend all day there. Just recently did the 80’s murder mystery there. (so much fun)! That’s a, “must visit.” My favorite park is Sahuaro Ranch park, all the peacocks and the orchard. I’d definitely take a friend there for a nice picnic (maybe an impromptu photo shoot).

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?
Oh boy is there! First and foremost my great friend Amanda De Leon, who not only inspired me to start this journey, but has encouraged me the entire way both on a one on one level and professionally through her networking group, Women Networking in Photography! I also help run the Colorado chapter. I’d really love to shout out to my aunts Brandy Phillips, and Jami Buttermore. Not only are they like mothers to me but they are both strong, business savvy, Phoenix born and raised, women who have always supported my endeavors. Last, but not least, I’d like to give a big, giant shout out to my husband, Rob, who always supports and even helps me though the whole creative process, and puts up with my crazy hectic days!

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Image Credits
Model: Crystal Piedy Model: Erin Wyrick Model:Erin Wyrick Photographer: Dawn Lincoln Photography Photographer: Joy Ludwig Photography Photographer: Patty Miller with Wild Beauty Photo

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