Photographer and Owner, Chelsea Paige Photography/Little White Box Photo
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Being a visual learner was one of the top reasons why I attended The Art Institute of Charleston. I also didn't want to be a number in a class. I wanted to have a connection with my instructors and classmates. Chelsea Gault , Photographer and Owner, Chelsea Paige Photography/Little White Box Photo 2011 , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
2011, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photographic Imaging
Owns and Operates Photography Company, Has Two Vintage-style Photo Booths
Chelsea Gault is the photographer and owner of her own company, Chelsea Paige Photography/Little White Box Photo. She talks over details over with clients, edits and delivers client images on time, and ensures that the client is happy with the final product. “On a typical day, you’ll find me tucked away in my home office, editing photos, working on my websites, posting to social media, and answering client emails /phone calls with lots of doggy kisses in between,” she says.
Chelsea adds that she moved to Charleston to begin her education. As a new resident, she had to work hard to build relationships with clients and vendors. “I attended networking events in the area to get to know people. My weakness is walking into a room and talking to strangers without being introduced. What helped me was working with a popular photographer, having a strong support system, and learning customer relations at my previous full-time job as a server and catering manager.”
Today, she gives 110% to her work and emphasizes that customer service, venue knowledge, and promptness are keys to success. “I try to get to know my surroundings with lots of site visits and planning.”
To build her experience after graduation, Chelsea worked with an experienced photographer. This allowed her to meet more people and learn tips about wedding photography. “I started photographing more weddings on my own but was still working as a server during the day. I decided to extend my photography business and to open a photo booth. I purchased a 1974 VW bus and turned it into a photo booth.” After a year, she decided to work in photography full time. She recently added a second photo booth—a Shasta style camper.
Chelsea, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photographic Imaging from The Art Institute of Charleston, says that she is a visual learner—and that’s the reason that she chose to attend a creative school. “I wanted to have a connection with my instructors and classmates. I also learned the different types of cameras, lens, techniques, and editing software that I use in my everyday work.” She admits that being a photographer in Charleston is challenging because there is so much competition. “The city is the number one destination for weddings. Every photographer has their own approach. It's a day to day challenge, like any job.”
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