We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitlin Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Caitlin, what do you attribute your success to?
I think success has looked different for me over the years. At first of course, it’s booking clients and building a portfolio. I think a turning point for my business was when I truly realized it is not about me. With photography and creative work, you’re providing a service; a wonderful, honest reflection of those around you. Asking myself questions like, how can I best serve my clients? How can I get to know what makes them unique and special? How can I make them feel at home in front of my camera? I think it was then that I put less pressure on myself to create a perfect product and got down to the real reason I started in the first place–the people and stories are the heart of my business.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started CAP over a decade ago, right after I graduated from The Art Institute in Denver. I had been assisting a few wedding photographers in Denver—trying to learn and grow and soak up as much as I could. I think the beginning and middle and every part of owning your own business is all about hard work. In those early days I photographed everything—birthday parties, bat mitzvahs, families, weddings, speaking events, you name it, I said yes to it. I think one of the things I’m most proud of is treating each job in the same special way—no matter what is was. People are worth celebrating and stories are worth telling. But over time, I slowly figured out my niche–the type of work I liked creating and the people I enjoyed working with. And of course thats always freeing as an artist.

I’ve learned many lessons over the last 11 years and theres been alot of life changes along the way. When I had my two children, my outlook on business completely changed. Theres a season to say yes to it all and a season to stay the course and remain steady—which is where I’m at right now. I’m grateful for a job that allows me to celebrate the best parts of life, takes me to the most beautiful places, and allows me to support my family. Thats a pretty good life right there 🙂

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I grew up as an Army brat, moving all over the world. Colorado Springs is my home now and definitely not a bad place to land. Its the most special place. I’ve developed a real love for the mountains–_especially since I had kids and my time is limited. Any chance I get, you’ll find me outside. I live in a neighborhood right next to Garden of the Gods Park and its beauty is still not lost on me. I’m a pretty outspoken Westsider and all of my friends know it. Ha!

My ideal day would probably be breakfast at The Pantry up in Woodland Park. And then paddle-boarding and hiking at Rampart Reservoir. We camped up there last summer and it was the most beautiful little getaway only 45 minutes from town.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My good friend Shannon inspired me the most when it comes to photography. She was also a photographer and a real mentor to me in my younger years. She always said, The world needs you to be you, so be you with all of your heart. That advice stuck with me and Ive led with my heart ever since–especially while growing my business. So much of creative work comes from within.

My husband Aaron inspires me the most in my daily life—the calm to my storm and the most steady, loyal friend. He has worked with me for 10 years, assisting me with every single wedding. We call him the “Human Hanger” on wedding days. He takes care of every detail, keeps everyone laughing, and usually you can find him holding everyones jackets, purses, and cellphones. The backbone of CAP and the best part of my life.

Website: www.caitlinalyssephotography.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caitlinalyssephotography/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caitlinalyssephotography

Image Credits
Image credit: Allison Easterling Photography

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