We had the good fortune of connecting with Rayann Marie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rayann, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is getting to know my clients on a personal level! I used to just show up and shoot, leave, deliver photos, and that was it. Sadly, this is a common practice for most photographers. It wasn’t until I began really getting to know my clients that my work began to feel more personal and less like work. Whether it is just an in person consult or making dinner together, getting to know one another helps the client open up in front of the lens and reduces wedding day jitters. Obviously this looks different given the current pandemic but face time is a good back up! Because of the relationships I have with my clients, I often get to photograph multiple milestones in their lives. It’s a ton of fun seeing families grow creating traditions with them. I also get majority of my business from referrals!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I feel so blessed to have a job that feels nothing like work. I never would have thought that I could document love for a living. I am such a hopeless romantic that it is an actual dream come true. The photography portion has always felt like second nature. Figuring out how to turn it all into an actual business was the hard part. I had no idea how to do taxes, prepare for them, create an LLC, or even compute how much gas I had used on a shoot. I had asked a bunch of other photographers how they did it and no one could give me a definitive answer. It felt like it was impossible. Eventually, I just dove in and started with my LLC. From there everything seemed to fall into place. Now I can be confident in both aspects of my business/art.
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?
If my bestfriend were to come visit I would definitely take them to Seattle Espresso. It is my favorite coffee shop of all time. They have this white russian drink that tastes like a candy bar! From there we would definitely go thrift shopping at Merchant Square. They have a huge assortment of antiques and vintage goods. Next we would go to Ghost Ranch. They have the best food and I can eat it without feeling gross after because they use the best ingredients. Next we would adventure to the cosmo dog park to take our dogs “swimming”. Then finish the day with the Pollack dollar theatre for dinner and the movie!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Scott English!! I cannot say it enough. When I was in High School Scott English took me under his wing and mentored me through everything photography. He helped me discover my love for weddings and authentic moments. His love for living in the moment and chasing light inspires me still today. Without him I probably wouldn’t have pursued photography. Having someone that believed in me and my art made all the difference in my work.