We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Wetter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, what are you most proud of in terms of your business?
It took many years of self education, hard work and perseverance to get where I am. I’m thankful I chose a career where I can continue learning as it is an ever evolving art. And each year I continue setting goals for myself, no matter how big or small. For that, I am most proud.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As I mentioned before, I am completely self taught. I spent many years taking classes and workshops to gain my knowledge of photography and business. To this day, I continue to work with mentors, attend conferences and shootouts, with other photographers in my community, to sharpen the skills of my craft. I love learning and growing! That is my favorite part of photography. It is an art that allows me to do just that! The biggest challenge in my business for me has been learning how to grow my business from the ground up. It is hard not to compare yourself to others who have been at this a lot longer. I try to remind myself to stay in my own lane. I met with a business coach late last year and he asked me a question. “Is your business growing every year?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “That’s all that matters because for a lot of people that doesn’t happen.” Those were comforting words. My business is growing and the only person I need to compete with is myself. I’m learning all of this on my own. I’m okay with going slow. As long as I’m headed in the right direction, which I am, I can’t be mad at that! I am excited to say that this year I rebranded and now specialize in wedding and boudoir photography. Those two genres are my passion and what feeds my soul. I have tried every kind of photography and while I enjoy them all, wedding and boudoir is where my heart lies. It’s been a long time coming and I felt this year was the time to do it. I want the world to know that I’m not just another photographer. I’m passionate about my art. I’m in this to make you feel incredible about your photos. I’m here to make lasting memories and moments for you. I want to document your journey and create something memorable.
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 best friend was in town for the week, I would have to take her to some of my favorite places in Arizona. We would start with a drive up through Canyon Lake and stop off on the way back for the Dolly steamboat tour. The next day we’d get up early and go tubing on the Salt River. After a nap we’d have dinner at Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse, where we’d sit around the grill and do Teppan Yaki and Saki. Day Three we would drive up to Jerome and check out the town. We would stay the night in the haunted hotel and get up early in the morning the drive to Sedona. We would start out four wheeling out on the trails to the Indian ruins. We’d spend all day doing that and eat something local. The next morning we’d get up and do a hot air ballon ride over the city. Then, we would drive through Oak Creek and hike along the different trails. The following morning we would head up to the Grand Canyon stopping in Flagstaff for breakfast at the Owl Cafe. After our day at the Grand Canyon, we would head home going through Payson, stopping to eat at El Ranchero so that she could try my favorite burrito and margarita.
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?
I would love to give a shoutout to my beautiful, talented, friend and mentor, Myrian Goffi with Whimsical Light Photography. I met Myrian three years ago when I was fairly new to photographing weddings. She took me on as her second photographer and I have been second shooting for her ever since. She has believed in me and has helped me grow as my own wedding photographer. I have gained so much knowledge, confidence and experience from her. She is the epitome of community over competition. She is the first person I turn to when I need a second shooter or associate of my own. There needs to be more people like her in our industry. I’m so thankful for Myrian because I would not be where I am today as a wedding photographer, without having met her. Thank you Myrian for your selflessness!
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