NAPCP November Member Spotlight: Mandy Johnson!

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NAPCP November Member Spotlight: Mandy Johnson!

The season of giving is here. And as we heard a little boy say the other day, “Daddy, I just like the way the holidays feel.” We couldn’t agree more. We hope that everyone will continue to spread the love and reach out to offer kindness to those around them – on the forum, Facebook, Twitter, and, you know, in real life with hugs … and possibly chocolate.
An easy transition here to a special NAPCP friend and member whose cup overflows with love and kindness, Mandy Johnson of Mandy Johnson Photography is in our Member’s Spotlight this month. Whether Mandy is on location photographing mega-celebrities or in a field with a precious child, she brings her faith, strength and genuine down-to-earth soul. This month Mandy gives us a peek into her giving heart, her new studio and some of her must-have products, including beautiful frames from this month’s Vendor Partner, Organic Bloom.
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Full of heart and as genuine and giving as they come, Nashville’s own Mandy Johnson, of Mandy Johnson Photography, is in the Member Spotlight this month. Between photographing musicians, celebrities, professional athletes, and some of the cutest kids east of the Mississippi, Mandy took time to give us a tour of her new studio and chat about life in Tennessee.
Q: Give us a brief description of your business
I dabbled in photography for years, and right after I sent my youngest off to kindergarten I literally rolled over and told my husband I was going to be a photographer. Five years later, here I am. Every day I thank God for this gift, for these amazing people that I meet and become friends with, for life, and for the bountiful blessings He has given me. For about two years I photographed anything and everything, then learned quickly that my passion was children and the people who loved those children. I started focusing completely on families and children, and now that’s 99% of my business. I love all of my clients, from the moms around the corner to my top celebrities. I love them all because they get me, they cherish their kids, and they totally trust me with them. What an amazing gift they give me!
Q: Tell us about your style & inspiration.
My style is what I like to call elegant with a ‘lil vintage and maybe a ‘lil bit hippie – kind of like me. I go to each session with a open mind and open heart. I always pray that I will see my clients just as God sees them and can somehow capture that on film. I love to get close and personal with my subjects. I hope to give each family art pieces they will cherish for generations – art they are proud to display in their homes, art that will make them stop and remember a moment and remember the love they felt at that moment. My clients truly inspire me with the love they have for each other and for their little munchkins. I can shoot at any location as long as I have people there to bring out the love and joy!
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Q: How do you connect with your clients & achieve those natural looking shots?
Well thank goodness I am pretty easy to get to know. I love to talk and my clients seem to immediately be at ease with me. I always ask really stupid questions like ‘do you like toenails?’, ‘do you like to smell stinky feet?’. You know, really silly stuff. But it is those silly things that really put them at ease so they can relax and just enjoy each other. I always position the families really close together so they can snuggle, look at each other and just be there together. That’s how I get those yummy family images – which I truly love! And I pretty much talk to them the entire time I’m shooting. I totally overshoot each session, but in all of those shots there will be one that is just perfect!!
Q: What is one business lesson you wish you learned a long time ago?
Totally believing in myself, my work and my art. Creating business policies and standing firm in those.
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Q: What was the biggest turning point for your business?
The past two years have been a major turning point for me. I moved into my first retail studio space and instantly saw a difference in my clientele. I also hired my first studio manager and that totally changed our customer service and experience. Recently we moved again, this time to my ideal area of town. It is still a little unreal and I feel so blessed to be there. Our main source of advertising has always been word-of-mouth and this year that has landed us some of the hottest celebs as clients and increased our client list greatly. We have some amazing things in the works and are so honored and humbled to be trusted by all of our clients!
Q: Where do you see yourself and your business in 3 years? In 5 years?
Wow, that is hard for me to answer. I am not a big planner. Honestly, I just pray I am still in love with my job and enjoy going to work each day. I pray that God will continue to bless my business and open more amazing doors for me! I would love to get more involved with helping others and maybe even start a new charity. My personal life will be so different as my oldest will be off to college (wow) in 3 years, and let’s just hope I can function when that happens! I hope to be even more organized than we are now – the business side of things always needs tweaking! I do plan on hiring other photographers and possibly opening another studio in the future. I have always wanted to do overseas mission work, whether it be shooting images or just working or talking with others. So I guess I would pray for the business to do well enough that I could fulfill that dream! I honestly can say that if things stay just as they are now, I’m okay with that. I am content to stay wherever God leads me.
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Q: How do you juggle it all? The photography, managing the studio, and your family?
Juggle, that is a good word for it. I have two teenagers and one adorable husband at home that support me and totally keep me going. The best move I have ever made was hiring a studio manager. She works from the studio two days a week and from home the rest of the week. She is amazing and has totally made my life run smoother. I am so grateful to have the flexibility of my own work hours but it is hard to separate work from home at times. My goals are to be present with my family, turn the phone “off” (like really off), to leave the work at the studio, and to enjoy the few years I have left with my babes. It’s hard, but if you work at it each day it will fall into place. My clients are very important to me but of course my family will always be top priority!
Q: What are some of your client’s favorite products?
Definitely our session albums, our new handmade frames and the awesome wall galleries we design for them. Our studio is set up to sell wall galleries; we use the Design Aglow templates and show clients what we think will work best in their home. We offer the galleries as finished pieces, so they decide if they want framed pieces or the wrapped canvases. We also install them, so they don’t have to worry about a thing. We offer a session album that comes with all of the proofs from their gallery. This is especially appealing because they don’t have to leave any of their beautiful images behind! And we’re really excited about our new frames. Our clients are in love with them and can choose the frame style and color. They reflect my work perfectly – a ‘lil elegant and a ‘lil vintage …even a ‘lil hippie. I love being able to offer our clients a totally finished piece of art, ready to hang!
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Q: We love how open & honest you are on the NAPCP forum and with our members. What is your desire and hopes for our very specialized and unique industry?
I have been truly blessed to be around the amazing people in this industry. I have been fed so much information that has shaped my business, I hope to always be able to return that to others. This industry can be very harsh. It’s hard to have something so personal also be judged so critically. I totally believe that as a photographer you have to learn the hard basics of photography, know how to produce a beautiful product first, and then make it your own. Each one of us is inspired by something different, so let that inspiration drive you and your work. I’m afraid some folks spend so much time on forums and blogs that it kills their own creativity and joy. We tend to forget that we are producing art for our clients, little Billy’s Mom, not for the industry. Trust your heart and your own creative instincts and go for it!
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To see more of Mandy Johnson, check out her website here, and read the latest on her blog here!

Organic Bloom creates curvy, spunky, and elegant designer frames wholesale to the photographic trade. As this month’s featured vendor partner, and one of our member spotlight’s favorite framing companies, the Organic Bloom is giving away one lucky winner a sample set worth $250!

Want a chance to win a sample set of ten 8×10’s or 10×10’s (value of $250!)? Here’s how!

Rules:
(1) Must “Like” BOTH Organic Bloom’s and NAPCP’s Facebook page
(2) Write something nice on Organic Bloom’s facebook wall on behalf of NAPCP
(3) Post a comment on the NAPCP blog that you’ve completed all of these steps!
Deadline: Tuesday, November 23rd at 11:59 pm est.
UPDATE:
The winner of the Organic Bloom sample set giveaway is…Amy Hoogstad! Congratulations Amy! We hope you enjoy your new frames. Thank you so much to everyone who entered and thank you to Organic Bloom for such an amazing giveaway 🙂
Alice Park
alice2@aliceparkphotography.com
54 Comments
  • amy
    Posted at 11:21h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all the steps! I gotta say… those Organic Bloom frames are off the hook!

  • Nicole Taylor
    Posted at 11:33h, 22 November Reply

    I am IN LOVE with these frames! I completed all steps! Good luck to everyone! 😉

  • Amy Holland
    Posted at 11:36h, 22 November Reply

    I completed the steps and gave Organic Bloom some love, awesome product.

  • Natalie Mancino Hathaway
    Posted at 11:38h, 22 November Reply

    I love these frames!!! I’m waiting for the Holiday Rush to be over to order my samples, but maybe, just maybe I can win them instead!! Woo hoo!!! I’ve “liked” NAPCP and Organic Bloom already for a while now so that part is done and I posted a nice little comment on OB’s FB page too!!! Good luck everyone!! Can’t wait for the Image competition!

  • Veronica Young
    Posted at 11:57h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all the steps!!! I love Organic Blooms frames!! I really hope I win!!!

  • Jessi
    Posted at 12:12h, 22 November Reply

    Gorgeous work, and loving these frames. Planning a studio sample order very soon, would love to win a set. 😉

  • Dana Rampolla
    Posted at 12:13h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all the steps and am so excited to have discovered Organic Blooms via NAPCP!

  • Lisa Youngblood
    Posted at 12:18h, 22 November Reply

    I completed the steps and gave Organic Bloom some love, amazing work and what a inispiration story they have. It’s always great to see the outcome of hard work and decication. Wishing continued success to Mandy and her family.

  • Sally Clark
    Posted at 12:31h, 22 November Reply

    Fun, fun, fun! Spunky photography and spunky frames go together beautifully. Put me in the running (yep … I completed all the steps).

  • Erica, E. Vining Photography
    Posted at 12:43h, 22 November Reply

    I’m so excited for the chance to win this giveaway! I LOVE The Organi Bloom’s frames. They are gorgeous!

  • Lindsey McIntosh
    Posted at 12:43h, 22 November Reply

    Steps are completed! Such great frames, just what I’ve been looking for!!!! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win!! 😉

  • Erica, E. Vining Photography
    Posted at 12:43h, 22 November Reply

    That would be *Organic BLoom hehe

  • Lindsey McIntosh
    Posted at 12:45h, 22 November Reply

    Steps completed! Beautiful frames, just what I have been looking for! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win! 🙂

  • Teri Bienvenu
    Posted at 12:47h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all the steps and am so excited to have discovered NAPCP through The Organic Blooms page!

  • Lindsey McIntosh
    Posted at 12:47h, 22 November Reply

    Steps completed! Such beautiful frames, just what I’ve been looking for! I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win! 😉

  • Kara
    Posted at 13:01h, 22 November Reply

    I completed the steps!! Hope I win!!!!! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Lisa Phillipson
    Posted at 13:10h, 22 November Reply

    Steps completed. I would love to love such beautiful frames!

  • Deidre Caswell
    Posted at 13:28h, 22 November Reply

    I completed the above steps. I would love to win these to hang in a new baby boutique I’m working with!

  • misty matz
    Posted at 13:32h, 22 November Reply

    Completed! Love these unique frames! And I discovered you through Organic bloom!

  • brandy
    Posted at 13:35h, 22 November Reply

    I have completed the big steps, liking and commenting. THANK YOU!

  • Kimberly S
    Posted at 13:36h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all the steps, love the OB frames!

  • Alison Waring
    Posted at 13:37h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all 3. Now I’ll cross my fingers and toes 🙂

  • Jessie
    Posted at 14:41h, 22 November Reply

    I have completed all the steps to win the very fabulous prize! Thank you so much!

  • Tracey
    Posted at 14:52h, 22 November Reply

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! All steps completed.

  • Magan Blasig
    Posted at 14:57h, 22 November Reply

    FOR SURE in love with the frames. Thanks for sharing them! And Mandy, I love you too, sweet lady. 🙂 Your work is beautiful.
    Now I’m crossing my fingers hoping for frame samples!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 15:37h, 22 November Reply

    Completed the steps for the giveaway! Thanks for sharing Mandy!

  • Amber
    Posted at 16:19h, 22 November Reply

    Completed all of the steps for the amazing and generous giveaway!! Great feature and article too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Mary
    Posted at 16:24h, 22 November Reply

    Completed all the steps for giveaway. Thank you!

  • Samantha
    Posted at 16:26h, 22 November Reply

    Thank you for the AMAZING give away!! You All Rock!! Mandy your work is amazing and your space is adorable!! Crossing my fingers!! to get this win! I am sharing this with all my friends and clients and Photography people!! Thanks EVERYONE!

  • Sammy Jo Ramsey
    Posted at 16:28h, 22 November Reply

    Steps 1-3 Completed!! This is the best Contest!!! Woo Hoo!!!

  • Christine
    Posted at 17:04h, 22 November Reply

    I am completely in love with these frames — thank you for this amazing giveaway!! Steps 1-3 completed!!

  • Nicole Chryst
    Posted at 17:19h, 22 November Reply

    Hi there! I have completed all the steps for the Organic Bloom giveaway! Thank you so much – really hope I win!

  • Kelly Lambert
    Posted at 19:33h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all steps. I was already a fan of Organic Bloom, and heard about you through their facebook page! I’m so happy to have found you, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Carolina Guzik
    Posted at 21:11h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all the steps! I Love the organic Bloom frames+ I am new member of NAPCP. Thanks for the give away! 🙂

  • Sarah Kannenberg
    Posted at 21:17h, 22 November Reply

    I completed all of the steps. Actually found out on their Facebook page and am SOOO glad that I did! Such inspiration on this blog post alone! 🙂

  • Nancy Mitchell
    Posted at 22:49h, 22 November Reply

    I have completed all the steps! Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog post and I am in LOVE with the frames from THE ORGANIC BLOOM! Praying that I win these babies to display some pics of some precious LOVED ones!

  • Jamie Yaun
    Posted at 02:46h, 23 November Reply

    I have completed all of the steps! What a great chance to win some awesome frames! I am just now getting my studio/office together and it’s my birthday this week so it would be a FABULOUS win!

  • Christine Wallace
    Posted at 06:27h, 23 November Reply

    Completed all the steps!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Organic Bloom frames!!!!! Really hoping I win this one!!!!

  • Kristin Page
    Posted at 07:42h, 23 November Reply

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I completed my steps for the contest 🙂

  • Kristin
    Posted at 07:43h, 23 November Reply

    Awesome giveaway! I have completed all my steps!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:40h, 23 November Reply

    Oooooh! What a great giveaway, count me in! I did the homework! Tina

  • Angela Martinsen
    Posted at 12:11h, 23 November Reply

    I love NAPCP and how informative it is! I also love the Organic Bloom! What an amazing partnership and giveaway! Count me in too 🙂

  • Katrina Woodard
    Posted at 12:12h, 23 November Reply

    I was happy to complete the steps to enter this contest to win the adorable frames. They are magnificent and unique as is Mandy Johnson :)!

  • Brandi Lee
    Posted at 12:17h, 23 November Reply

    I am so in love with Organic Blooms frames – what an amazing giveaway. And your website is such a wonderful resource for me. So glad to have found you both. Thank you for the opportunity! Fingers crossed and all 3 steps completed!

  • Megan Gelter
    Posted at 13:07h, 23 November Reply

    I completed all the steps! What a great giveaway with such an awesome company! The Organic Bloom frames are simply gorgeous! Thanks!

  • Amy Hoogstad
    Posted at 13:19h, 23 November Reply

    Mandy, your studio is drool-worthy!
    I’ve completed the steps for the contest, thanks for the chance!

  • whitney ulm
    Posted at 13:20h, 23 November Reply

    completed all of the steps to possibly win some of these gorgeous frames! YAY! thanks for offering this contest!!

  • Brooke Ringdahl
    Posted at 14:11h, 23 November Reply

    I liked both pages and I’m leaving a comment! I would SERIOUSLY die to win the Organic Blooms frame sample set!!!!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 14:11h, 23 November Reply

    I am a huge fan of Organic bloom- amazing creative frames!! I also love how informative NAPCP organization is thank you!! Hoping to be lucky this Thanksgiving!

  • Cheri Patton
    Posted at 16:37h, 23 November Reply

    All steps complete!

  • Laura Muehlendorf
    Posted at 18:19h, 23 November Reply

    I am so happy to have found NAPCP from Organic Bloom! I completed all the steps and would LOVE to win the sample frame set! xo

  • Rebecca Walker
    Posted at 18:24h, 23 November Reply

    Love both sites! I have been wanting the studio sample FOREVER! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

  • Melina Conner
    Posted at 20:51h, 23 November Reply

    I completed all the steps….and I would just flip if I won the sample frame set from The Organic Bloom….Thank you thank you thank you!!! <3

  • Amy Hoogstad
    Posted at 15:30h, 24 November Reply

    Thank you, thank you!!!!! I’m so excited! Do I need to contact anyone?

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