Today we’d like to introduce you to Harlee Keller.
Hi Harlee, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I got started when I was a kid- my dad was a sports editor for my local paper, so I would follow him around at games. He did all of the high school sports photography for that paper, so there was always lots of cameras in my life. When I was in high school, I was in the yearbook class and volunteered to do the sports for that, and then my parents bought me my own camera once I had committed to learning more about photography. I did several classmates’ senior photos when we were graduating tpp.
When I moved to Reno (NV) for college, I started my business for real- and started shooting couples as well as weddings. I kept up with sports back home where my dad was a high school football coach. My fiancé joined my photography business in 2016, and we’ve just grown in the business from there.
We currently shoot weddings, specializing in western weddings, as well as business branding. I bring out the old sports skills for some rodeos and local football games when I’ve been asked to.
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?
No- moving my business halfway across the country was the hardest part. In 2019, we moved from Reno, Nevada to Bonham, Texas, which is north of Dallas, on the Oklahoma border. Last fall, we moved to Austin. Those were the biggest challenges- getting settled in a new city, and learning the landscape here.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a photographer and podcast host. I co-own my business with my fiancé, and we shoot weddings and brandings- but specialize in the western world. If you’re looking for something a little cowboy, a little rowdy, but still technical and skillful- we are your people! I think I am the most proud of being true to who I am in my photography style and who/how I choose to shoot.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Find a mentor- and don’t be afraid to take the opportunities as they present themselves. ALWAYS take an opportunity to learn. ALWAYS. Also learn to shoot in manual, and you will be saved when you need to know (and you will).
- All sessions are $375- branding, families, seniors, etc. (Except weddings, which range from $1800-$6500).
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: polichcompany.weebly.com
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- Facebook: polichco
All photos taken by Harlee Keller of Polich Company