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Meet Chrissy Walther of Chrissy Walther Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chrissy Walther.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Chrissy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started getting serious about photography in 2012 after my first daughter was born. My husband brought home a Canon DSLR he bought from a friend and asked if I wanted it. I didn’t know the first thing about cameras, so I did a little research and quickly realized the camera was far beyond my none existent skill level. After watching more YouTube videos than I’d like to admit and enrolling in a graphic arts class at my local community college, I became obsessed.

YouTube led me to ClickMoms.com (a website for photograpHERS) and from there I was able to enroll in more subject-specific workshops to learn as much as possible. My firstborn was my muse and I documented her every waking moment and spent hours upon hours editing my images. After posting some of my favorites on Facebook and Instagram, friends began to ask if I could practice on them. I still shoot for the very first client I have ever had and am forever grateful for her faith in me!

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has not always been smooth, but I am actually thankful for that. I have had some negative run-ins with other photographers from overly harsh critique to feeling unwelcome, people who preach women supporting women and community over competition don’t always act that way. Why mention this? Because I think others can relate.

Out of complete frustration, I ask a local facebook group for advice on my portfolio. An extremely talented wedding photographer, Leif Brandt, reached out and agreed to review my website. He offered advice that was priceless and I am forever grateful! Shortly thereafter, another great thing happened. My dear friend (and also a photographer) Linsey Middleton introduced me to a lovely group of fellow photographers who are mothers and businesswomen. We post questions, seek advice, and lift each other up. The time they have taken to say a kind word or give me solid advice cannot go unmentioned.

That said, kindness, both simple and great, is powerful. Instead of focusing on who was not nice, I invested in those who were and cut out negativity anywhere I saw it happening. I also realized the power of a kind word. I carve time out specifically for liking and commenting on fellow photographers posts on Instagram. I read their blogs, congratulate them on a goal met or an award earned, and try to meet-up in person for coffee or a drink. Let me tell you, this part of my business has been crucial to my own personal growth. I have learned so much through the kindness of others and try to pay it forward as much as I can.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Chrissy Walther Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Chrissy Walther Photography is all about families. From baby bumps to high school seniors, and everything in between, my goal is to simply capture people for who they genuinely are. Because I am a mother of two small kids, I have an especially keen eye for those motherhood moments. I love documenting a mother sitting on a blanket and having her children climb into her lap. I love capturing tickle fights, sweet kisses, and chunky babies. As far as what I am known for, I’d hope others would say authentic, dreamy light and connection-filled images.

I think I am most proud of myself for not giving up in a fairly saturated area of photographers. It is very difficult for me to talk about myself without feeling like I am bragging, but I will say I am to a point in my journey I have always hoped for. Clients seek me out for my style and reputation. Word of mouth and Instagram have been crucial to my growth and I am humbled by that.

I think what sets me apart from other photographers is that I share a lot of personal things about myself during sessions. I am passionate about connecting with people in a way they may not feel understood by others. I want authentic images and to get to that place of vulnerability, I have to open up too. I’ve had clients shoot me a quick text after a session to thank me for sharing my heart and that lets me know I am on the right track.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I want to say what I like least because it is literally only one thing… TRAFFIC.

What do I like best?
I am a little biased. Having lived here my entire life, it will be a challenge to keep this list short. First, we are America’s Finest City! Hello! Our city is diverse, laid back, and chock full of history. We have a breathtaking coastline, hiking trails, and landmarks. For a photographer, living in San Diego County is a wonderful thing. We have access to beaches, deserts, and mountains – all within a few hours. It’s just the best!

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