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Featuring Emily Scott Pack

Featuring Emily Scott Pack

This week’s featured photographer is Emily Scott Pack of Emily Scott Pack Fine Arts in Beaufort, SC

 
Where do you operate your business?

Beaufort, SC

Your Website

Your Facebook page

Client group: https://www.facebook.com/emilyscottpackfinearts/


Your Instagram account

https://www.instagram.com/emilyscottpackfinearts

Your Pinterest account

https://www.pinterest.com/emilyscottpackfinearts

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Technical Specs:

 
Camera used

5D Mark iii

Lens choices

50 mm / 35 mm / 100 mm

Processing Software (just provide the names of the one’s you use)

Lightroom and Photoshop

Do you use any actions?

No

Do you retouch and if so can you give me a quick rundown on if you use any plugins, etc?

Yes I retouch, light skin airbrush in portraiture, all else is Photoshop.

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CLIENTS:

 
What most people want to know is how you market to your clients.  Have you qualified who your is your ideal client?  

 I have my fine art samples in a local lingerie store, the store gives gift cards out to VIP clients or those purchasing lingerie. All hair stylist in the salon below my studio talk about my work with their clients. I use FB and Instagram and word of mouth. I just implemented Kara Maries referral program and also started with stickyfolios.

I’d love to add into the article any inspiring client stories you might have.  Also have you had any issues with clients that you would like to share how you resolved them.  That is always something that can hugely benefit the readers.

I once received a hand written letter from a Marine Corps husband while he was deployed over seas. I was so shocked and in awe that he took the time to write me and tell me thank you. He told me about how much this experience has changed his wife and how he is so grateful for me and offering this amazing experience to her. This has to be the most special thing i have ever received from a client to date.

Do you have a physical or digital “welcome” product you give the clients and can you share that if you do. You can give me a link or email. Thanks.
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Yes, a digital magazine.

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SALES:

 
This is probably one of the most important things that the readers want to know.  How do you sell to your clients?  Can you provide info on your sales process and your pricing.  I’d like to be able to provide numbers on what you charge for a session and what your range is for your products, like albums for instance, but if you don’t feel comfortable sharing to much, just give me what fits your comfort level.

 
I offer one session- $375 comes with pre-session consultation, HMU, 2 outfits, white sheet, 50+ Proofs to view in Design Consultation. They can add 2 additional outfits for $149.

All albums start at $825 and range to $2450. I offer digital collections on custom crystal usb with a set of proofs for the same price as the album or they may add them to the album for $500 and then they are delivered on crystal usb.

What products perform best in your studio? 

 Albums, and digitals, just starting to pick up on wall art and having more and more people choose to buy a custom encaustic photography paintings.

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STUDIO:

 
Best describe your workspace.  Do you have a studio or work from home?  How large is your space?  What are the challenges with it?  What works really well for you?  Can you please include a photo or two of it, if possible.

I have a one room studio about 650 sq. ft. with hard wood floors and big windows. I love the space and the light is incredible. It has a wonderful balcony overlooking the water with double doors, my clients love this feature. I do not have a ips space and just use my laptop on a vintage table when doing previews.

Do you have any plans to change and/or grow from your space in the near future.

Yes, I would like to convert the attached space and make it my office, sales, and dressing room. This would bring the entire floor into my work area and I could really use it.

Do you keep strict hours of operation with your clients?

 No, I’m pretty available when ever but I try to only shoot on week days when my little girls are in school.

Natural Light, Studio Light, combination of styles?  What’s your preference?  What are your strengths and weaknesses with lighting, if any?

I love the natural light in my space and work well with it. I’m learning to allow it to be more dramatic as well which my clients are liking. I’ve never used a lot of strobes but have shot with constants that I liked.

Do you have makeup artists you work with in your studio?  If so, can you give me a run down of what the rate is you pay them and how you feel about the importance of that relationship.  If you don’t use them, is there a reason?

 I use one makeup artist that I pay 60$ per client. She is absolutely amazing and I love her, she is my closest friend and I wish she would become my studio manager. She is leaving me this month for the birth of her third child. I will be using the stylist downstairs in the salon below me now.

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BUSINESS IN GENERAL:

 

How long have you been in business?  What were you doing before you started your photo business?

I started photography in general in 2009/2010, then added boudoir in 2011?

Did you go to school for photographer or are you self taught?

I studied fine arts at university and took traditional 35 mm photography classes with dark room exposure work.

Did you always want to be a photographer or was it something that came later in life?

I’ve always been the girl with the camera ever since I was young. I used it in high school for newspaper and yearbook staff and then studied it in college. I didn’t know until we moved to japan that this was what I needed to be doing with my life. I never could have imagined I would be doing this when I was younger.

What is your biggest struggle in this business?

 Money, self worth and value, marketing my self.

Is there a reason you shoot boudoir and do you shoot any other genre?  If you’re excusive, and/or recently went exclusive can you give the readers some insight into why you did.  If you’ve only ever done boudoir, again we’d love to hear why.

I shoot 90% boudoir and about 10% births. I love them both. Since opening my boudoir studio, it has been growing every month and I have been having less and less time for anything else. I have a few births booked but they are much harder to plan for although equally as empowering.

I started shooting boudoir for my clients when we lived in Japan as a way for them to connect with their deployed husbands. I truly love working with women and feel so inspired by them and the female form. I love making women feel beautiful and love this little niche of the photography world. It is not for everyone but I truly feel like I am meant to be here.

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ADVICE:

 
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?

 Go to school or study and take classes. There is so much knowledge and information out there, go out and get it. Soak it all in and then start to practice everyday. Don’t just buy a camera and a website, do the work.

Have you ever done a boudoir session yourself, if you are a female (sorry guys 🙂 ? Do you think it’s something that is important for female boudoir photographers to do?

Yes I have. I feel like its always so important for anyone in this field to know what their clients are feeling. How can you truly connect with them if you have never experienced it?

How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?  

I feel like we both offer something different. A woman photographer connects to her subject differently than a male. I’ve been photographed by both and loved both experiences.

What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?

 I paint. I am an encaustic painter so I try to balance my photography with my painting. I also offer encaustic photography to my clients so it helps overlap my two passions.

What do you love about the business?

 Helping women see themselves as beautiful and strong.

What do you hate about the business?

 The business side. I am an artist, I hate business, but love making money.

Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI?  What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?

 No.

Do you compete and do you have any opinions on it?  AIBP runs contests regularly.  Do you participate?  If not, is there a reason you don’t?

 I do participate when I have time or remember to get portraits in.

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SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:

 
Favorite food?   

 Sushi, proper Japanese Sushi.

One guilty pleasure in life?

 Dark chocolate with sea salt paired with red wine.

What is your favorite piece of clothing? 

 I love my patagonia pull over, I could wear it everyday, or a sundress with pockets, that’s my everyday jam!

What’s one song on your playlist? 

 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – I don’t wanna pray .

What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?

 Romantic comedy.

Favorite shoes to wear?  

 Ankle booties.

What are you currently reading? 

 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?   

 Africa, I’ve always wanted to travel here. I used to dream of becoming a national geographic photographer. That dream has changed but Hopefully one day we can go explore.

If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?

 Ohhhh I’m not sure, all things lead me to where I am now, I cant imagine a different story for myself because I’m so happy with the person that I have created.
 

If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?

 Frida Kahlo. She was a brilliant and strong female artist. She was never fearful, she lived and created in a world that wasn’t open to women as artist and truly succeeded in it. She was fierce and beautiful.

What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)

 Balance and patience.

Are you married, single, have kids, husband?  Is life a juggling act for you?

 I am married with 2 little girls, Clover -4 and Loda -2 and Rupert our Newfoundland. Everyday is a different act, I try not to drop the balls but you know, life is life. My husband is a Marine Corps F18 Pilot so balancing his schedule and mine along with the kids is a lot of hard work. He is gone a lot and his schedule changes daily.

I am so driven to create, I cant not do it. I find myself frustrated with the domestic tasks the most but I also love my family as well. It is a hard place to balance, but I try to do as much as I can and take each day for what it is.
 
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?

This is a hard question. My kids inspire me to constantly do better and work harder.

 
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be

Life is not about finding yourself, its about creating yourself. Don’t be stagnant in your life, always travel, create, and live as much as you can!

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Cathy Nance
Cathy Nance

Photographer and Owner of Cathy Nance Studios - Intimate Editorial Art

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