Nina Fuller

Hollis, Maine, United States

Photographer

Nina Fuller Photography

Everyday is different for me, which is why I love being a photographer. I’ve been in business since 1973 and love the freedom and creativity in my life.

My client jobs have ranged from photographing some of the most beautiful places in the world…to weddings…to equine events…to commercial shoots including LL Bean catalogues. I work for myself, but hire assistants or interns when the job calls for it.

Your personality is as important as your talent, and if you’re happy in your life your clients will be happy too.

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Being a photographer is the perfect job for me. I could never see myself in an office job, doing the same thing everyday. Being a photographer, I get to experience new things every day and that keeps my creativity alive. Although balancing the creative side with the business mind is sometimes a challenge, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Although my expertise is photography, I am very aware of communications, relationships and creating the environment and feelings surround each job. Customer satisfaction is very important and your personality is a big part of that.

I like to surround myself with other seasoned professionals as well as newbies just starting out. No one knows everything. I learn from them all. I’m not afraid to ask questions and get exposed to fresh new ways of looking at things. Plus, technology changes so fast, it’s important to keep up. People just starting out have such great energy. It keeps me motivated.

This career can be very satisfying. If you don't make a lot of money right off, adjust your lifestyle to fit your love of what you do. It’s important not to take things so seriously that it keeps you up at night. Incorporate your life into your job and you will love both.

One of the hardest, but most important lessons is that you do not learn if you do not make mistakes. Of course you try to minimize mistakes as much as possible and learn more than you mess up. Small mistakes, big lessons would be the goal!

I look forward to advising you in how to make photography a hobby, part-time or full-time business!