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Conversations with Caitlyn Blunt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlyn Blunt.

Hi Caitlyn, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My interest in photography started when I was in 7th grade. I only had my little iPhone 4 to take pictures on, but it was the start of a passion. Fast forward to my sophomore year of high school, I finally got my own Canon camera, and I took it with me almost everywhere I went. At the end of sophomore year, I applied to be in a two-year program called Ignite, where I would study Photography and Digital Design, thinking I wouldn’t get in because a LOT of people applied, and they only accepted a few. Well, sure enough, I got accepted and spent every day at that program my junior and senior year learning everything there is to know about studio photography, landscape photography, portrait photography, and so much more. I also started my own business (Life & Lens) and was lucky to have many people reach out to me for photos. I’d still consider myself a beginner when running a business, but as for photography, it is not just a hobby anymore but something I can use to bring joy to others.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been some challenges along the way. I used to struggle a lot with imposter syndrome, and basically, what that is is you feel like a fake. I would get discouraged and feel like no one would actually want to use me for photos, or if they did, they secretly didn’t like the photos I delivered. It was an interesting time in my life when I had to learn that not everyone liked my specific style of photography. And that’s okay. There are a billion different styles; some people love mine, and others don’t. That’s just life! The people who did pick me picked me for a reason; they did like my style. I wasn’t a fake. I was just learning and growing and still am.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Right now, I have a lot of different genres of photography under my belts, such as weddings, senior portraits, business headshots, product photography, newborn photography, landscape, and events. Senior portraits are probably my favorite, what I shoot most often, and the work I’m most proud of. I love getting to know the seniors so I can capture their true selves the best through my lens. Plus, graduating is a huge celebration! So I like to reflect a concept of celebration and personality in their photos.

What sets me apart from others is that I promote my business for all types of genres of photography, not just one or two. I love being creative in different ways, and shooting all different types of lifestyle shoots helps me do that, and it helps me be better available to more people (and I LOVE meeting new people).

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I have family in St. Louis, so we are down there a lot, so I also shoot in St. Louis apart from shooting just where I live. I like how diverse St. Louis is, and there’s not much I don’t like about that city!

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