We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Feutrier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is part of my creative process. For example, I regularly ask myself: “Did I fell at something this week?”. If the answer is no, it means that I didn’t get out of my comfort zone. Trying something new is the only way to keep my photography current and grow as an artist. However, I’m very cautious with my business’s administrative and financial parts. That’s also why I’m asking for help in areas I don’t think I’m competent. I would choose to spend money on a service and keep peace of mind rather than doing the job myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a headshot photographer. I love shooting portraits and especially headshots because they’re incredibly challenging. It’s a combination of human expression and technical skill. Details matter in a close-up. Hair, collar, jewelry have to be perfect. But after everything is set up, my job is to bring an exciting expression. Asking for a smile doesn’t work. Each client is unique. I had clients terrified of the camera. Some have harrowing stories linked to what they perceive as their image. So I have to find a way to make them comfortable. What I’m doing is more than a photo session. I’m also a psychologist, a marketer, and sometimes a therapist. It’s a fascinating job.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When people come to visit me from out of state, I always drive them to Grand Canyon. It’s spectacular. I like to stop at Macy’s in Flagstaff on the way up. It’s a nifty place with great sandwiches and good coffee. In the city, I like hanging out in DownTown Gilbert. There’s a speakeasy called White Rabbit that serves exceptional cocktails.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One organization that helped me grow dramatically as a business owner is Toastmasters International. Public speaking is an essential tool of my marketing. I have to speak in front of a group of professionals every week because I’m networking. My Toastmaster club helped me improve as a speaker, but I also found friendship and support. They boosted my confidence. My next step is doing short videos for my website and social media.
Photographer: Marie Feutrier