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Meet Robin Harris of Robin Harris Images

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Harris.

Robin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been creative since childhood, family dinner nights were always about me finding the nearest napkin and doodling until my food came. Drawing and painting were my first passions until college where I developed my interest in the computer arts.

I received my BA in graphic design and it was that degree that got me jobs at the Union Tribune and the Daily Californian. I always had an interest in photography but never focused on it until I took a job for one of the pioneers of stock photography “Digital Stock.” It was there I became a seasoned photo retoucher and eventually moved into the editing department. During this time my interest really started to take flight in photography and I knew I wanted to someday be one of these amazing photographers I was editing for.

In 1997 I met my future husband. Boyd Harris, who happened to be an experienced photographer and he opened my eyes to the world I wanted to be a part of. We joined forces and as our love for one another grew so did our business collaboration. As we brought his photography skills together with my editing and graphic design background we knew we had something special to bring to the world. He also took me to my first wedding to photograph and it was at that moment I knew I was hooked forever.

When we decided to start our family I stepped back from the business we had built and became a mother. Once the kids were old enough I got back into the photography game with my wonderful husband and also started Robin Harris Images as a means to express myself as an individual artist. I love what I do so much and my biggest joy is bringing value to others with my imagery.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I believe life is not meant to be easy all the time. It is during those moments of challenge that we all grow as individuals and test what we are capable of. As a business owner, the biggest challenge is how to balance work and family life. We are raising 2 kids and want to do our best as parents and also as business owners. We had decided years ago to move our business into our home so that we could be with the kids more and that came with other challenges but we are making it work one day at a time.

As business owners, another challenge is staying current in the world of photography and also staying a cut above the rest. What makes us stand out? Although it can be hard to keep up with the new photographers coming in all the time and the constant advancement of technology, it is good we are being pushed to stretch our wings and see what we are made of. It is important not to stay comfortable, growth is a must!

Robin Harris Images – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I like to say I love capturing what is beautiful in reality. I photograph everything from weddings and family to corporate events and headshots. What I am most proud of is the work I have done for the Alzheimer’s San Diego. My father passed in 2008 from Alzheimer’s and it was many years later that I felt a need to reach out to them as a photographer.

For the last 3 years, I have documented patients and their loved ones and there is nothing that has been more rewarding. I think it was during this time frame of photographing these patients that I realized my true purpose in life, to show others how beautiful their lives are through imagery. I see the love they share and that always warms my heart.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Regarding the Alzheimer’s the proudest moment was when a woman told me how my photos helped her husband deal with his disease. He had passed last year and when I was invited to his memorial she pulled me aside and told me he would look at these photos every day because they made him see the beauty in his life and the love for his wife. This exchange with her forever changed my life and reminded me how powerful photos are not only to the subject matter but the photographer as well.

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