It’s not a profession it’s a passion

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By Vanessa Hurst

Bridgette Blair had always felt drawn to be behind a camera. Even as a child Blair has shown interest in taking pictures;

“I’ve been taking pictures since I was little,” said Blair “I had a poodle I would dress up and set in different spots to take pictures.”

In 1995, Blair took her casual interest in photography to the next level and went to work for a studio. “I went to work for a photographer in Elizabethtown, Tony Ratman. He had a small studio and did a lot of on-location outdoor photography for different sports teams,” Blair said, “I learned a lot while working for him. In our down time, he would teach me about studio lighting and different things; I was devastated when he left.”

When Ratman moved, Blair started shooting on her own. “I shot a lot of family photos and did everything on location for a while,” said Blair, “In 2008 I was getting ready to open a studio of my own but my youngest was born three months early. She was only one pound and had to spend a lot of time in Kosair.”

When the Blair family brought their youngest child home she had to be on oxygen and needed constant care. “In 2009 we opened the studio in our basement,” said Blair, “At first I thought I wouldn’t like it and it was going to be temporary but I’m still here and I absolutely love it.”

“Working from home helps me serve my clients so much better by being flexible and catering to their needs and schedules,”she added.

“We live on a farm and we have so many options for shooting in the spring, summer and fall.”

Only booking two weddings a month “I want the bride to be the most important thing that I do that week and I want to take my time to make sure they are getting the best pictures.”

Blair said she has done every kind of shoot from engagement, maternity, smash cake, modeling headshots, church directory photos and anniversary. “I love to think outside the box and make every picture truly belong to my client.”

Trying to do things that will fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget, Blair said they try to do walk-in days once a month. She also holds what is called mass sessions during the summer. “I’ll announce a day that I’m going to be at a location and start taking appointments. On mass session days I don’t charge a sit-in fee and I’ll take the client, for a walk-about at a location like Glendale or Bernheim a place with many different places to shoot. Each session takes 20 to 30 minutes, many people get their engagement pictures or family pictures done,” Blair added, “I’ve done as many as 15 to 20 clients in one day.”

She enjoys what she does so much that it isn’t so much a profession to her, but a passion; “I really love what I do. It’s different everyday. To take these regular people, a little hometown girl for instance, and by taking her picture, make her feel like a movie star, there’s no better feeling.”

Bridgette Blair Photography Studio is located at 3443 Sonora Road. Her phone number is 270-358-5931; hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m..

You can also visit her website www.bridgette blairphotography.com or find her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BridgetteBlair