Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Nadine Berns. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Nadine, thanks for joining us today. Let’s talk legacy – what sort of legacy do you hope to build?
I hope when all is said and done, people will remember and be inspired for the work I’ve done within the community. I’ve hosted raffles to donate to various organizations benefitting people + animals by offering my photo services. I started Pawtraits 4 a Cause in 2017 which is where I host events where people can get a really cute photo of their pets to donate to local shelters. I’m just trying to use my services when I can to give back and leave this planet better than I found it. If that inspires just one person to do the same, that would make me happy.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers
I’m Nadine and I’m a wedding photographer in Houston, Tx. I got into this industry sorta by accident and just ran with it because of how much this job just leaves me in love and inspired. It was around 2013 when I was home from college on a break and I would just take my like canon rebel cropped lens camera everywhere. I always have. But this is the year I remember vividly because I would post photos of my friends I’d take and this is when people started inquiring to have nice photos of themselves. I photographed everything when I got back from college. Maternity, newborn, parties, families, couples. I was trying to build my portfolio, find my niche. I got asked to photograph a surprise wedding around December that year. It was a grad party but they flipped the party and turned into a wedding. I was overjoyed to be thought of to document this and just endlessly inspired and filled with so many happy feelings. That’s when I started to shift my business to couples/weddings when I could. Around 2017 I went full-time as a wedding photographer. I’m a people over anything kinda person and I’d like to think that I go out of my way to provide a comfortable and inviting environment for my couples. I’m proud of the work I create and the people I get to create it with. It feels like a dream most days that I get to be invited into these worlds and documenting all of this big love.
Looking back, are there any resources you wish you knew about earlier in your creative journey?
When I first started getting more serious about photography there were endless groups on facebook I became apart of to learn more about the craft and how to navigate a business. There still are groups that offer that for free. I just wish earlier on I had known the importance of SEO, a good cpa, and a good website. I think a lot of workshops focus on beautiful styled shoots and that’s definitely something I got caught up on instead of figuring out the backend on how to run a business.
Can you tell us about what’s worked well for you in terms of growing your clientele?
Just being a good and honest business owner and be yourself. Word of mouth will always be the most important when it comes to doing business. If you have good communication, you deliver a product that was agreed upon and you put your voice into your business and don’t try to replicate what someone else is doing, you will do great and people will recognize that and want to work with you.
- Website: www.justlikehoney.us
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/justlikehoney.us
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justlikehoneybynadine
Just Like Honey by Nadine Berns