Beauty Revived is beyond excited to have joined with The Snap Society to bring you The 50 Most Inspiring Photographers. Photographers were nominated by others in their field who were beautiful examples of caring and giving back. It has been such a joy to get to know these photographers better and I’m excited to introduce you to them for the next few months.
Meet Vickie Black. She is Beauty Revived. Vickie is one of the most amazing ladies around. She is inspiring and uplifting and I simply adore her!
Jeremy and Vickie and Photography
Founder of Senior Style Guide
Nominated by Megan Bryant: How has this photographer helped you?
Vickie helped make me the photographer that I am today. She brought me onto her team early on, encouraged me, helped mold me, built my confidence, and is now one of my best friends! She is always quick to lend a listening ear and is ready with suggestions to help me move forward.
Nominated by Devon Jones: Tell us about this photographer:
Vickie is a person that I feel like I know personally, though we’ve never met. Through many phone and chat conversations, she feels like a REAL friend whose neck I’ve hugged! Vickie helps and boosts, and encourages and champions SO MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS. I honestly don’t know how she does all she does!! Through her Share The Love projects, she’s lifted up so many women in senior photography. With her photography and her fashion show, she makes these kids feel like absolute rockstars. Her kids and husband are always at the center. And with Senior Style Guide, she’s always boosting senior photogs to new levels, publishing them for the first time or the tenth. She does EVERYTHING she can to help others!
Nominated by Brooke Daniels: Why does this photographer deserve to be recognized?
Vickie is all about giving the love. There is so much negativity and competitiveness in the industry, but Vickie breaks the mold by showing that it’s best to love, support, uplift and encourage. She goes out of her way to make others feel supportive, and that’s a rare trait to find. Not only is she innovative and ahead of the curve in every area of her business, but she has a heart of gold. Vickie deserves so much recognition because she is usually the one behind the scenes, helping push OTHERS forward. But so many of us would not be where we are today if it weren’t for her!
Quick Fire Questions:
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Lens: 85 1.4
Lightroom or Photoshop: Both
Favorite midnight snack: chocolate…duh!
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? 20 minutes
If you were stranded on a desert Island and could only bring one thing, what would it be? My family (we will count that as one collective unit
How did you get started in photography? Or tell us about the moment when you knew that photography was for you.
I have been taking photos since I was a teenager. I was the one with a camera taking photographs with my friends from time to time. I loved the rush of waiting on that envelope to come back from the lab with my photos in it. Throughout the years I continued documenting my life, loves and children through photography. It wasn’t until 2008 that I realized I needed to do this. So I started photographing anything and everything. I started with weddings and seniors and realized my true love was photographing teens. I started specializing in teens exclusively 4 years ago and haven’t looked back!
What is one thing you wish every Photographer knew?
Treat photography like a business. I realize in the beginning we need images, but don’t make the mistake of doing everything for free. Charge what you are worth. Charge accordingly. It only makes it more difficult to raise your prices if you are the FREE photographer. It will feel like you are having to start over in your business and no one wants to do all that work again! I will do a free shoot for a organization, etc that is close to my heart each year but that is my choice and my clients understand this is not the norm for my business. Figure out what works for you and don’t be afraid to put it out there. I will never forget the moment our prices doubled, I was scared to death at that first ordering session. I quickly gave myself a mental pep talk about how I was worth it and owned it. The client paid without flinching and I realized I should have done this sooner!
What has been your biggest setback?
Myself. I spent too much time being muddied up by the voices in my head. I was scared and afraid to fail. Once I realized I pretty much fail at all kinds of things (sometimes daily-can anyone say housework, laundry lol), then I was able to put myself out there. I was not alone, nothing in life is perfect. The only real imperfection is not living your dreams. So embrace and put your dreams out there.
What is a quote you live by?
“No means not yet” My husband hates my mantra (especially when I am using it on him!)
What is your next Photography goal?
To expand my teen spirit line in the next year. It has taken off and I need to revisit it and my product offerings for the line.
How do you instill real beauty into your clients?
By letting them express themselves. During our in person consult the first thing I ask is how do you see yourself and your session happening in your head? Tell me what you envision? If they say I don’t know, I have them walk me through their closet and their lives. By the end we have what makes them shine. This is how I try to instill real beauty into my clients…by letting their true self shine through.