Today we’d like to introduce you to Michela Watson.
Hi Michela, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
When my sister was 8 years old, she was convinced she’d be the next big Disney Channel star. And so, naturally, she needed a good set of headshots. I grabbed my mom’s little consumer-grade DSLR and adventured into our backyard with my little sister in tow. I immediately fell in love.
Over the years, many family and friends believed in and invested in me. I photographed my first wedding at sixteen and officially started my business in the summer of 2017 as a college student.
Today, my husband has joined the business, and we travel all over the nation (and hopefully the world soon!), documenting couples and families. It’s amazing to me to look back and see how God has orchestrated each step, even when things have seemed unclear or confusing. I’m so thankful.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Ha! not. In the beginning, it did snowball pretty naturally, as I was still in high school and college and had lots of friends, family, and acquaintances that would hire me. Since the pandemic, however, things have been quite rocky. The wedding industry took one of the biggest hits, as couples were forced to reschedule their wedding dates not once but multiple times. Additionally, I have felt a lack of creative energy and inspiration due to the pandemic and the state of our world. People forget that we are more than just artists—we are whole people. And so, everything affects our artistic vision, especially something as grave as a global pandemic.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I went to school for Graphic Design, so I bring a bit of a different perspective to my work. My husband, Joey, and I primarily photograph families and couples in all stages of life. Our clients value refined aesthetic, authentic interactions, design-inspired imagery documented on film, and investing in photographs that will one day be cherished heirlooms. As an artist, I feel like my work communicates my artistic vision best using the medium of film. This also allows me to document my subjects slower, more intentionally, allowing them to take in the moment and the resulting images to be truly artful and inspiring.
What do you think about happiness?
Oh goodness, so many things! Being a photographer, I like to think I see the world a bit differently than most. If I had to choose one visual element that makes me happy, it would be light. I’m so fascinated by how sunlight interacts with our atmosphere and earth—it leaves me in awe of the Creator repeatedly. And if I had to choose one intangible element, it would be deep relationships. I love that my photography work is often an intersection of these two things.
- Website: www.michelawatson.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/michelawatson
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelaWatsonPhotography
Michela Watson Photography