We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Hargesheimer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I never thought I was creative growing up. All the other kids could draw or paint, and I felt like I just wasn’t a creative person. For the longest time, I thought since I was good at math and science that I would just go into a field related to that. However, once I got older, I discovered I was creative. Except my creativity didn’t have to do with a paintbrush and canvas, but instead my eyes and a camera. At first, I thought my photography would just be a hobby, something I did for fun when I had time. But then I realized what a true passion I had for it and that if I worked hard enough, I could make it my career. And so, I decided that I want to make the jump. I’m still in school right now and graduate in the spring, but I am excited to see where my creativity takes me in this field. When it comes to being a creator, everyday looks different. And that’s how I know I want to live my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is why I do photography. My sole purpose is to not make money or to travel (although those perks don’t hurt). My purpose with my portrait photography is to help others feel confident and their truest form of themselves. I myself have struggled with insecurity a lot, especially when coming to a big state university after going to a small high school in the middle of nowhere in North Carolina. I know it hits everyone differently and at different times, and my job is to help my clients feel comfortable in front of my lens. I want them to receive their photos and fall in love with how they see themselves.
I am so proud of how far I’ve already come. I did not intend to even make money with my photography. One day one of my friends told me I should start charging, so I did. It didn’t even occur to me that I could make money doing something that didn’t even feel like work to me. I’m so proud of the confidence I’ve gained in my abilities, as well as how educated I’ve become on the industry. I’m beyond excited to continue growing my business until I graduate in the spring and figure out how I can take this thing full time!
Where I am today has taken a lot of research and a lot of DIY, if you will. I have researched from photographers I looked up to and being a student on a budget, I can’t really outsource a lot of my business aspects like creating a website or creating an entire brand style, so I’ve had to do much of it myself and some of it by the help of some of my peers in similar majors. I haven’t really had a mentor or anyone telling me what steps I need to take to make this work, I’m having to figure it out as I go. I have learned to not be afraid to ask questions, that those who are meant to help you will help you! It has definitely been a struggle (especially learning the technical aspects of owning a business), but I’m glad I’ve come across many people willing to answer all of my questions and wish me luck on my journey!
I want people to know that if you have a burning passion for something, that is going to convey in the industry. If you’re just doing something for the money, odds are, it won’t be for very long. I was so in denial for so long that this is what I want to do with my life, but know that I am confident enough to take the plunge, I never want to go back. So if you want to do something, no matter how crazy and unrealistic it might seem, take the first steps! Go for it! It’ll be an experience you’ll never regret!
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.
My university is in the epitome of a college town. By that I mean, there’s a reason all students here do is go to tailgates and drink. If I’m being honest, I might take them over to the coast to Charleston, SC and take them downtown and to the beach there. We would probably go there for a couple of the days during the week.
But, if I had to find things for us to do in Columbia, SC, I’d definitely take them to Black Rooster, a phenomenal restaurant right near the river. Great food and they have a cool rooftop bar. Another restaurant I love is Blue Marlin because they have the best salmon. I also really like Tsunami, which is a steak and seafood place. Tazza Kitchen is also good and has a wide variety of foods, but it’s a little far outside of the city.
Now for the bars! This is where my expertise really lies. If we wanted more of a chill bar vibe, I’d recommend us to go to Vista Union. They have unbelievable raspberry Moscow Mules and they’re only $5 on Mondays! I love going there just to watch a hockey game or play pool. For live music, Tin Roof is definitely the way to go. Live music almost every night and its connected to a concert venue! If there’s a concert going on, we would definitely go to the concert and head over to Tin Roof after! Another fun place to go is PTs, a drag bar downtown that has shows on Thursday and Saturdays. Shows are usually free and I love going to support the LGBTQ+ community by buying drinks there! If we want to go full college dive bar, we would go to Jake’s. Again, they usually have live music and domestics are $3 on Wednesdays! Also, the outdoor patio allows dogs so lots of students let their dogs run around and play!
As far as activities, we could go the the Riverwalk, which is always pretty. There are bikes we could rent there and ride around on. If it’s around football season, I’d definitely take my friends to a tailgate and football game. If it’s not football season, the other Carolina athletics are fun to go to as well!
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?
I definitely want to shoutout my sister, Lexi, because she is the one who kept telling me when I was doubting myself about creating my own business that it would be worth it. She was also the one who helped me create my business’ name “Through Lindsey’s Lens”. She has always been the one believing in me no matter what career change I make. She is also in the creative industry and works as a Radio DJ at KISS FM. She understands how hard it can be to go into a creative field like this and has helped me along my path.
I also want to give some thanks to my boyfriend, Dillon, because he has continuously supported me in my dream and has no doubt that I will make it in this industry. Might be a little cheesy to thank my significant other but, oh well! He truly has helped me believe in myself and know the worth of my work. He works as a broadcaster for a minor league hockey team, so he is also kind of in the same industry as I am. It’s nice to have mutual support when we both have fields we are very passionate about.
Photo of me: Credit to Lexi Hargesheimer all other photos: Credit to Lindsey Hargesheimer