BY CINDY JONES
At La Bella Sole Photography, you will find that you not only are hiring someone to photograph you and your loved ones, but you are also hiring a personal assistant to help guide you every step of the way.
Finding joy through a camera lens at the tender age of five, Shae Gines always knew photography would be her life’s work. But when she took a job with a major photography retailer, it wasn’t long before she realized she wanted to do more.
“It was impersonal, and the hero was the company bank account, not the client. I grew to not like my job because I wasn’t able to do it the way photography should be done.”
The dissatisfaction Shae felt at her retail photography job gave her prospects to create not only personal connection, but creative freedom. She moved to taking professional photos on her own, eventually opening her own studio, La Bella Sole, in 2015.
At La Bella Sole, Shae specializes in portraits, specifically newborns and babies, as well as family photography. She frames each photo session around her firm belief that everyone has a story, and her goal is to learn about each client on a personal level so she’s able to tell that story—without words and through the camera lens.
Shae prides herself on offering each client a unique and personalized journey from start to finish. Each of her clients receives a personalized consultation, a custom shoot, and a “reveal” party where photos are viewed and chosen. “I want each client to come away from their client experience feeling like a superstar,” Shae explains.
That personal experience has paid off for La Bella Sole. Shae has experienced a huge client following over the past eight years, growing from a tiny studio in her living room to a brick-and-mortar business with a paid staff. Shae offers several special events every year that are a highlight of La Bella Sole, including an uber popular Wizarding School experience every July, where clients are treated to the Sorting Hat and a Robing ceremony, potion- making, Diagon Alley, and even butter beer! She also offers special summer and family sessions that fill up quickly every year.
Shae feels she owes her success as a photographer to the beautiful stories of the clients she works with, and her willingness to learn about them. She encourages any woman looking to start a business to shrug off anyone who says it isn’t possible.
“Believe in yourself and that specific thing that only you can offer.”
You can find Shae at La Bella Sole Photography on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. For galleries, pricing, and to schedule a consultation, visit labellasolephotography.com.
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