Take 5 is a meetup with a local entrepreneur.
Catie Riggs has been taking pictures for her friends and family, as well as herself, for the past eight years.
As she puts it, she had a good eye for it, as well as support from family members.
But three years ago, she decided to go pro.
Riggs, a natural light photographer (meaning she does not use studio lights), opened up Just Shoot Me Imaging, where she shoots weddings and family portraits, with her Sunnyside home serving as the home base for the business. Her subjects include high school seniors, newlyweds, expectant mothers and a few horses.
Currently, she is the sole employee. The Prosser native has a certificate in medical office administration from Perry Technical Institute.
Riggs and her husband, Adrian, son Lane, and stepdaughter Kadence live in Sunnyside.
What led you to go into the photography business?
I have always had a good eye when it comes to photography. The support from my husband and my number one fan, my mom, helped me to take the step into making this dream come true.
Were there any obstacles that you had to overcome?
The only “obstacle” that comes to mind is finding my style and setting myself apart from the other amazing photographers we have in the Yakima Valley.
How do you distinguish yourself from other photographers in the area?
I think my style, the final look of my images, is what sets me apart the most. I also really enjoy taking the time to get to know my clients, meeting for a consultation prior to their session or wedding to discuss what they really want in their photographer, and to be able to see their vision of how they want to remember their special day.
Who do you look to for inspiration, both photographically and as a business person?
As cliche as it sounds, when I’m lacking inspiration, my husband is my go-to person to get me back on track. My closest friends, Kirstin and Laurel, are also one of my go-to places when I need to bounce ideas off of someone. Whether it’s planning a styled shoot, or changing up my business model, these three are always more than willing to help me get a solid plan.
Who takes your family photos when you go on vacation?
Even when on vacation, I am the one that takes my family’s pictures. Every fall, and sometimes in the spring, I gather up my husband and kids for a quick family session. I usually just set up a tripod, and use my phone to control my camera. I did bring my friend, Amber, along for our family pictures this fall. She has experience in photography, so I just got my camera dialed in with the settings I like, and handed it over to her. I will admit that it is very hard for me to be on the other side of the camera. Losing that control and not being able to see what the photographer sees is difficult.
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