Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my website! I am a wedding and portrait photographer based near Chicago. My mission is to capture photography with passion, causing people to cherish each other in new ways, and to make people feel valuable along the way.
How did you get to where you are today?
From as long as I can remember, I’ve had an innate desire to create visually, from drawing at 3 years old, to taking painting classes in high school, and then majoring in digital media in college. In high school, I bought my first 3 megapixel kodak point and shoot camera, which soon led to buying my first canon dslr camera. I took pictures as a hobby, purely for fun for a few years and then worked at a couple of youth camps all summer in 2011, a year after graduating college. During that summer, the parents of the kids took notice of the pictures I posted on the camps facebook, and from there I had a line of jobs awaiting me that fall when I came back home. That year, I officially started Daniel LaBelle Photography and since then have grown it into a flourishing full-time business.
Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In life, there are events, and there are processes. An event is winning the gold medal. A process is waking up at 5 am and training for 3 hours, four hundred mornings in a row. In the beginning, I spent too little time in the process. One of my biggest challenges was developing the habits that are necessary to run a great business, and having the faith that they would pay off. I’ve now seen first hand that tiny habits, done consistently, day after day, lead to massive results. I’ve also learned that you have to genuinely put others interests first. I’ve learned that smiling improves a clients mood. I’ve learned that if I’m wrong, I need to admit it. I’ve learned to listen and let others talk about their interests. I’ve learned that great photography is important, but the way you make someone feel matters even more.
What were you like growing up?
I’ve always enjoyed things that challenge me physically. I was the kid climbing the trees, making the obstacle courses, and building the bike ramps. Later I become a serious distance runner. I’ve also always been into creating. I grew up drawing, making movies, and taking pictures. Personality wise, I always enjoyed being around friends and expressing my humor with them. I enjoyed getting to know people on a deeper level too.
The average wedding photography investment is $3000-$4000.