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!
- Individual shoot – $50/hour.
- Extra people for the individual shoot – $5/person, per hour.
- Event photos – $75/hour.
- Edited photos – $10/edited photo.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: daisystolzphotography.weebly.com
- Instagram: @daisystolzphotography