Abby Reed Photography

Friday, November 14, 2014

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief 

Mrs Abby Reed of Lubbock, Texas. Abby was raised in Amherst, Texas.  She has been married to her college sweetheart for 8 years and she has a 2 year old daughter. When she isn't taking photo she has a little side job ;). "I have been an anchor/reporter for KCBD NewsChannel 11 for almost 3.5 years where I work on the morning show, Daybreak Today."

How long have you been in the photography business?

"I first launched my business in 2008 in Hobbs, New Mexico (where we were living at the time).  I did that as my full-time job for a few years.  Then, in 2012, I took a year long break to have my daughter.  I relaunched in 2013 in Lubbock - so almost 6 years, but only one year of that has been in Lubbock."

What brought you into photography?

"My dad bought me my first camera when I was in the third grade during a family vacation to Mt Rushmore in South Dakota.  I took hundreds of pictures on that trip and have been looking through a lens ever since!  I went onto study Broadcast Journalism in college, and that involved a lot of filmography - so I have always been interested in film and print."

Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

"One of my favorite photographers is Peter Read Miller.  He is a sports photographer and his pictures have been seen in Sports Illustrated (love his NFl photos!).  My other favorite photographer is my mother-in-law Beth Reed.  She travels all over the country for her business, and she takes some of the most unique, creative pictures - but her style is so clean and simple.  I would say she is my biggest influence, not only because of her talent with photography, but also because she has been my biggest cheerleader in my photography journey."

What type of photography do you do most? And what do you enjoy most and why?

"Primarily, I do a lot of family photographer and Senior portraits.  I love both!  But, I would say my favorite form of photography is sports journalism.  I am currently the team photographer for Lubbock High School varsity football (go Westerners!).  This has been such a rewarding experience for me - not so much because of the photography, but being on a team with these fellas.  Nothing is off limits with these guys - they let me in the locker room and on the sidelines.  There's a lot more to the sports photography than what's on the field - there is a lot of emotion there."

What is the most challenging part about being a photographer for you?

"The business part, for sure!  I still feel guilty about charging people - isn't that silly?? I don't do photography for the money, but it's a very expensive hobby.  So, I use the money I make from photography and invest it back into my business.  I use a lot of that money to keep my gear up to date."

What technology/software/camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best, as you photograph?

"I am a Canon shooter - have been from the beginning.  Right now, I have about 5 lenses in my gear bag - but I have about 5 others on my wish list!!  I edit with Photoshop."

What is your best business tip for photographers just starting a business?
"Don't over-do it!  That's a mistake I made early on (and, quite frankly, I still do).  If you don't have the time to shoot AND edit your pictures in a timely manner, then be okay with turning down clients.  Don't over-schedule yourself.  You never want a backlog of pictures that still need to be edited - or, a list of clients who are asking you where their product is!  Plus, you don't want to burn-out." (it links to herfacebook photography page)

Thank you so much Abby! If you like what you see then contact Abby!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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