We had the good fortune of connecting with Whitney Galloway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Whitney, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important thing I’ve done to impact my children is to work together with my husband to intentionally create the family culture we want to have, and owning my business is part of that. I stay home a majority of the time and am able to be flexible with my work schedule. We’ve chosen to have a family culture that centers around God and His Word, so teaching our children to love and follow Jesus is the most important part of our jobs as parents. I have three kids ages four and under, and I know that these little years won’t last long but are so important, so I work hard to prioritize teaching and nurturing them while also having an outlet of creativity in my photography business. I try to model hard work, diligence, kindness, and generosity in what I do as a mom and business owner.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is all about serving the people in front of my camera. From the moment I first connect with a couple or family, I am trying to learn as much as I can about them so that I can represent them well in the images we create. I want them to feel beautiful and loved and I want the experience of taking photos to be fun and easy. Creating beautiful images that can be handed down for generations, capturing a certain season in life, is the most honoring part of my job. I love being able to give my clients the gift of beauty and memories, and also a fun experience. By focusing on the service aspect of photography, my business has grown very organically through word of mouth. I’ve learned that focusing on what I can do for the people I work with and not what they can do for me is what family and wedding photography is all about. My brand and my story is about recognizing the importance of beautifully telling the story of a moment in time and doing it with a heart of service.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Beauty and service is what I’m all about so when people come to Tucson I always want to show them restaurants and places that combine those two elements. Restaurants and coffee shops with ambiance are my favorite things. Locale Neighborhood Italian and the San Agustin Mercado are a couple of my favorites. The downtown of every city is always unique so I love to bring people there. Hiking is great in Tucson in the cooler months so checking out the nature at Gates Pass or Catalina State Park is a must. And escaping the heat for some beautiful mountain air on Mt. Lemmon is essential as well.
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 wouldn’t be able to do this without my family! My husband works hard at his own job and has crazy, unpredictable hours, but he always gladly makes sure he can be with the kids while I go on a shoot. If he’s working, my mom, in-laws, friends, and church community all come together to support my efforts. The mentorship and encouragement of other photographers has been essential, and the word-of-mouth recommendations from clients is absolutely indespensable.