Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcia Maye.
Hi Marcia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I never thought in a million years I would be doing photography. I’ve always loved taking photos but I was overwhelmed by the fact that there were so many other photographers more talented and more experienced that I never gave it a shot. Almost three years ago, I did my first “shoot”, I basically begged my friend to let me take photos of her 2nd pregnancy. I knew she wasn’t feeling great and that she was going to let the moment pass but I wanted her to have the memories. The photos were bad HAHAHA! I had a point and shoot camera…..how I got the courage to post these on social media I’ll never know. But that’s when it started, all of A sudden I was getting messages about taking people’s photos and they wanted to PAY me?! I was like huh? People want to pay me for doing something that I like to do?! INSANE! I was booking one client a month (sometimes) and I was hyped!
Exactly a year ago, I quit my regular job, a job that sent me home crying every day. I quit without knowing what I was going to do but I knew I couldn’t do that anymore. I told myself I would take a break and in a month, I would look for another job. Two weeks after I quit my job, I was FULLY BOOKED TWO MONTHS OUT! It felt sooo surreal. I kept telling myself, “well it’s the holidays and it’ll slow down at the beginning of the year”… it never did. I’ve been fully booked two months out every since. When I hit my one year anniversary, I cried because I never sat down and thought about it. It’s true what they say when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I haven’t worked in over a year.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing is ever easy but one thing I have appreciated about the struggles is that I’ve never made the same mistake twice. I needed the failure. I’m self-taught and that in itself comes with a lot of surprises. I’ve had to learn so much on fly. The biggest thing I’ve personally had to deal with is feeling like I’m not as talented as my peers. The comparisons were draining me. When you do a creative job, it’s difficult because there’s not a set path to success and sometimes looking at what others are doing can deter you from your own path. Once I gained confidence from my own personal style and my own workflow, I stopped paying attention to what others were doing.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love LOVE. I’m surrounded every single day by it with my work. I get to shoot couples in love, getting married and then if/when they start their families, I photograph that too. The best part of my job is that I get to meet new people all the time, I get to create these bonds with total strangers and by the end of a shoot, we’re 4LIFERZZZ! The number 1 comment I get best back from my clients after a shoot is how comfortable they felt with me, that I felt like a friend and I am!
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I have literally done it all! I remember I was fixing a client’s hair and she made a joke, “Oh, she’s a hairstylist too!” I AM! I’m a licensed cosmetologist, I managed a retail store for a couple of years and I’ve worked for a nonprofit helping former foster youth like myself. In the most humble way possible, I haven’t found something that I am NOT good at yet, lol.
- Email: Marcialanaphotography@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Marcialanaphotography