Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography is known across the globe for her vivid color portraits and stunning black and whites. She has a true knack for capturing the emotions in her subjects. She has been published in national publications such as The Knot Magazine, Get Married Magazine, Style Me Pretty Blog, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Pizzazzerie, Alive Magazine and St. Louis Bride Magazine. She has also been fortunate to photograph the amazing Matilda Jane Clothing line as well as the new boys clothing line called The Good Ones. Last but not least her work has also been featured in many of the famed Design Algow products for photographers.
Michelle, what camera do you use and what is your favorite lens?
What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
It was something along the lines of “you should not take money from anyone until you can take a good picture” It hurt…like really bad, but it turns out it hurt so good. Yes, that was a plug for John Cougar Mellencamp.
What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
emotional, timeless, airy
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
My subjects. Plain and simple. They inspire me with their laughter, shyness, and spontaneity.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
I struggle with this. It’s the hardest thing that someone who runs their own business will ever do. One simple rule has kept things in my corner…no phone or computer during family hours.
Best biz/photo advice?
Don’t give away the farm. You are not in business to get compliments. Your in business to pay your bills. Photography is art. Charge like it’s art and stand proud of your product.
What have you learned the hard way?
You can’t expect someone to take your business seriously if you don’t first.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
Take better pictures. Treat my clients well. Those two things will take you farther than you can imagine.
Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Word of Mouth is hands down the best engine out there, but aside from that I would say other photographers. I shoot a lot of other photographers families and I love it!!
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
I would have to say my own…only because “I” learned sooo much from it. I learned about the things people want to learn about and the kinds of expectations people have of their mentor/teachers.
What is your most popular product?
My Finao albums