Mecca Gamble McConnell

PHOTOGRAPHER/ EDUCATOR - MECCA GAMBLE PHOTOGRAPHY

I create vibrant images for women of color that help them build their brands, tell their stories and leave their legacies.

What inspired you to start your business?

I graduated from college right after the market crashed and I had trouble finding a job. So I started taking pictures to pass the time, but it went from hobby to business pretty quickly. After I found a corporate job, I kept running the business with hopes/goals of only being able to afford my student loans payments.

Photography gives me something to love. I would do it without payment. I enjoy meeting and working with people and I am so thankful for all of the relationships photography has allowed me to build. I appreciate that most of my clients allow me creative control so I really have fun creating something unique every time. When times get tough I really appreciate that I have a community of other photographers to lean on.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

Finding their voice and niche, understanding systems, pricing themselves for profit, finding community, and marketing themselves on social media are all so important. I definitely struggled with finding my niche and pricing myself properly in the early years.

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

I just started running earlier this year and I am running my first half-marathon in November!

Image Credit: Inije Photography @inijephoto