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Daily Inspiration: Meet Adrianna Feery

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrianna Feery.

Hi Adrianna, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I’m originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, and I recently moved to the Austin area back in February. My journey started back in high school, I would often take my camera with me to school, friends’ houses, vacations, and even the mall. At the time my LG Rumor didn’t take the best quality images, and iPhones were too expensive. Like any teenager in the early 2000’s, I would upload my photos to Myspace and Facebook. My passion ignited after having my oldest in 2012, I remember wanting to photograph every detail of him. I wanted to cherish the little moments and reflect on them in the future. Like any new mom, my photos were uploaded to the computer or my phone. Never thinking about what can happen to technology, I lost some important photos of him and it broke my heart. Learning this early on I knew I needed to back up everything.

In 2013, I had taken a photography class as one of the electives towards my Communication & Media Arts Degree. Feeling fulfilled after taking the course, I decided to take three documentary classes. One of them was an overseas documentary course in Paris for a week. Seeing the beauty of one of the most romantic places in the world was life-changing. The architecture, culture, and cuisine were just beautiful. I remember I just wanted to photograph life’s hidden treasures.

After having my middle child in 2016, I learned the importance of printing my photographs. Moms tend to let their photographs collect on the cloud or their phones. I swore I would never do that and yet I had let it happen. I remember scrolling through my children’s photos and feeling frustrated because I couldn’t find a certain photo to post on social media. I vividly remember wanting to become a professional photographer and open up my own business. Unfortunately, I felt it wasn’t the right time because I just had another baby.

While my husband was stationed in Arizona, I had met wives who were just like me, military spouses who had a passion for photography. One of the wives took me under her wing and mentored me for seven months. I took a leap of faith, in May of 2019, I had officially launched my business, and best of all, I decided to name the business after my children. Under my mentor’s wing, I got to meet so many wonderful families. I was able to capture motherhood, homecomings, a cake smash, boudoir, I even assisted her at the Marine Corps 245th Birthday Ball in Las Vegas.

When my mentor announced in August that she was leaving military life, I felt uneasy. My anxiety led me to uncertainty. I knew I needed more knowledge to better serve my clients. In January of 2020, I received the MYCAA scholarship for military wives and enrolled in NYIP. In June, I started submitting my work to the Unscripted Posing App for photographers to be featured. At that time I had been featured three times on the app.

After graduating in October, I started thinking about who my ideal clients were, what genres ignited my passion. Motherhood & families are my favorites, I believe capturing the rawest moments in one’s life is precious. Simultaneously, I found that I love boudoir and I believe it’s empowering for women.

My goals are to continue shooting what I love and one day educate new photographers. I believe it’s all about community vs. competition in this industry. I also would love to open up my own studio. And showcase my work proudly. I hope one day my children love and value the importance of the arts.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has been challenging to get to where I am today. In the chaos of motherhood and being a wife to Marine, I had to put off what I wanted to do because the family needed me. I struggled the most with imposter syndrome and feeling like I am not good enough. Social media has a way of making all of us feel inadequate, especially in the photography industry.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a photographer who specializes in family and motherhood. I am most proud of graduating from The New York Institute of Photography during the pandemic while also being nine months pregnant. I’m also proud of being featured on The Unscripted Posing App for Photographers and being published in a few magazines. I believe my personality and my love for capturing raw moments set me apart from the crowd.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I have a few podcasts that I love listening to; Book More Clients Photography, Creative Minds Think Alike. The Heart & Hustle. For apps, I enjoy using The Unscripted Posing App For Photographers, Clubhouse, Tik Tok, Square, Canva, and Pinterest. I love researching from different blogs, the major ones like Dirty Boots and Messy Hair have helpful tips for photographers to run their business. Another one I enjoy reading is the Photo Bug Community. Overall, journaling, meditation, and music help me stay focused.

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