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Rising Stars: Meet Cassidy Croot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassidy Croot.  

Hi Cassidy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Photography had always been a hobby of mine, but I really turned it into a more serious hobby in 2015 while my husband was deployed with the Navy. I continued to do it as a hobby for a few more years, but I decided I wanted to make it something more after my daughter was born in 2017. 

In 2018, I quit my part-time job & took on photography full-time. It’s never easy going from hobby to full-time, but it was so worth it! I’ve met the best clients & fellow photographers. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Like any venture in business, it’s not always smooth sailing. In the spring of 2018, my daughter was diagnosed with developmental delays, failure to thrive, and a possible genetic condition. She had surgery in October 2018 to have a feeding tube surgically placed. It’s certainly not easy to parent and run a business, but it’s especially difficult parenting a disabled child. In 2019 we learned of her disorder – hypo myelinating leukodystrophy – and she’s since had several more surgeries, hospital stays, and procedures are done. I’ve edited in a hospital waiting room or by her bedside more times than I can count. Photography is the way I contribute to my family financially, but it’s also something I enjoy & it gives me a sense of self outside being a wife and mother. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a photographer specializing in motherhood + family. I love capturing the bonds of a new mama and her newborn baby. Dad holding those little tiny feet. A family getting ready to welcome their newest family member. And kids just being kids, playing outside with their parents. 

I’m most proud of my client connections. Many of my clients book me for multiple sessions together (maternity, newborn, etc.) and again later. In the next few weeks, I’m photographing birthday sessions for two of my newborn sessions last year! I truly love all my clients, and it’s such a great feeling when they return to me year after year. 

I feel like I really have a way of keeping clients relaxed and having fun during their sessions. I find that this is the best way to capture my clients authentically – keeping them smiling naturally & legitimately having a good time. 

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I’ve met so many other photographers here that have supported me and so many awesome online communities that have been a great support and learning resources. Too many to count! 

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