In May 2009, I began a photography business with one of my best friends, David. The two of us shared a love of photography and often spent the weekends visiting both local and far off spots working on our craft. When our friends and family started asking us to do portraits and events for them, we knew that something more could come from our shared hobby. From May 2009 to May 2012, we operated a successful freelance photography business. It wasn’t our primary job, he went back to school to become an engineer and I kept teaching high school English, but it was something that made us very happy.
For three years ExArte Photography captured weddings, families, portraits in Miami; and this partnership was something we both thought would last forever. But as life has shown, “the best laid schemes of mice and men go often asunder (Robert Burns).” David has decided to work on his career as an engineer, something that is inevitably taking him out of South Florida in the near future, and I have decided to move back to Palm Beach County to be closer to my family.
So where does that leave me? Well, taking photos and capturing memories is one of my two passions in life, the other being a high school English teacher. This passion for helping others create lifelong memories through photography is not something that is going to ever leave me, and so I have begun a new venture on my own. Camile Teresa Photography is me. My style, my vision, and my creativity. At first I was nervous to begin this venture, after all, my entire professional photographic life had been in a partnership with David. What would it be like to be my own business? To brand myself rather than a company? To know that I was the only person who would be responsible for everything: business and creativity.
Slowly those fears fell away and a new emotion presented itself: excitement. I could rebrand my photography my way and the only person responsible for my success would be me. I could focus more on the type of photography that made me happy and spend my energy building relationships with clients in my new area. I would still be a photographer and I would still get to practice the art that I love.
I sincerely welcome you to Camile Teresa Photography and hope that you will share in my experiences with me. This blog will serve as a way for me to stay connected with my clients and community. It will also be a way for me to document my journey into the world of being a solo photographer. Though I still plan to work with partners on large scale events and will rely on the relationships I’ve built with other photographers when needed, I am excited to begin working as my own brand. I think I’m going to like it.