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Daily Inspiration: Meet Daisy Stolz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisy Stolz.

Hi Daisy, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started out in high school with my digital design class – this is how I learned my way around Photoshop and Illustrator. Because of this prior experience, I was lucky enough to be offered a position as the assistant director of social media for my school choir, which at the time was one of the most reputable in the state; my senior year I was promoted to director of publicity.

In my sophomore year, I also joined my school newspaper, which lead to me becoming a senior editor for graphic design and photography, as well as co-editor in chief. I now have 3+ years of experience working behind the camera, and I credit all of my knowledge to the people I worked with on those teams.

Now that, I’ve graduated and moved on to college in a new state, I get to learn about new environments, and new people, and I’m learning more about independent photoshoot direction.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
At first, I had basically no knowledge about how to use a DSLR. I had only ever used film before.

I’d never run a business, but I’m also extremely fortunate to come from a limited advertising background – I worked as a business manager for my high school newspaper and took basic marketing classes. But one of the biggest hassles was starting over in a new state.

I’m currently 500 miles away from my hometown in Michigan, and while I have people that know me here in Nashville, I don’t have nearly as large of a network as my home base. It’s taken a while, but I’ve slowly grown into a really strong community of people who love me and my work.

I am so grateful for the clientele that has helped me grow my business so far.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a photographer and graphic designer, most well known for the vibrant, summery feel of my photos. I am very proud of my past work – while not all of it is my best, it reflects the experiences that launched my passion further than I could have ever expected.

I think what really sets me apart is my background – I did everything in high school, from choir to volunteering, I have a huge resume of work under my belt, and was in the top 12% of my graduating class. I think it gives me more experience and helps me to photograph what I know best, but also gives me an opportunity to branch out.

Having both event and solo shoot photography experience will get me to a place where I can really reach for the goals I’m striving for – currently, my next goal is to do photography for a wedding.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
Ethics. I was on the editing team for my newspaper in high school, and it actually inspired me to go to college for my journalism degree.

One of the first classes I ever took was Foundations of Journalism – the very basics of ethics, morals, and staying true to your story. I try to never let anything get between me and my ethical code because it’s so vital to my craft.

The story I tell with the photos is yours, not mine – they should speak for themselves!

Pricing:

  • Individual shoot – $50/hour.
  • Extra people for the individual shoot – $5/person, per hour.
  • Event photos – $75/hour.
  • Edited photos – $10/edited photo.

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Daisy Stolz

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