We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikayla Robertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mikayla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Whenever someone asks me this, I always giggle a little bit. Growing up, I never had the dream of starting my own business. In fact, I never grew up wanting to be a professional photographer! I know that many photographers first picked up a camera when they were much younger, but I was gifted a camera when I was 21 solely to document views on awesome hikes and my dogs in pretty places ha! Everything really started from there. One of my best friends got engaged and I was the only person she knew with a “nice camera” so we went for it. I wasn’t very good because I was used to taking photos of dogs and mountains but I had a lot of fun. So I took a chance on myself and I’m so glad that I did.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a single mom, military officer, and elopement & wedding photographer. Those roles require a lot of me so getting here today wasn’t easy. It has taken a lot of early mornings and late nights and a lot of conversations with myself about priorities and goals and the best way to get there. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that we all need to extend grace to ourselves because we’re all just trying to do the best that we can.
What sets me apart from other photographers is me–my heart, the 26 years of life that I’ve lived. Those things influence how I show up and document others. I’m most proud of how I’ve settled into the way that I like to capture love and moments without constantly comparing my work to others.
My biggest goal is to deliver photos that capture emotions. When my couples look back at their photos decades from now, I want them to remember exactly how in love they were, how happy they were, how much they had been through to get to that point. To be able to do that for someone is one of the biggest honors and it’s an awesome reason to pick up a camera.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my bestie was coming to visit, we’d do all of the tourist Colorado Springs things in one day — Garden of the Gods, drive Pikes Peak, go to an awesome brewery downtown or in Old Colorado City.
After that, we’re going to the mountains lol. Every free weekend I have, I’m in Buena Vista, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, or in the San Juan Mountains. So I’d go show them all the cute little mountain towns, amazing hiking trails, and fun campsites.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I’d like to thank my daughter, Genevieve. I was 8 months pregnant with her when I first started my photographer journey. When ever I doubt myself, I just tell me what I would tell her. All I want to do with all of this is to make her proud when she’s old enough to understand. I want her to think I’m a “cool mom” for going after what I want and starting my own photography business lol. I’m thankful for her grace, love, and inspiration every single day. I love you, Gigi!
Next, I’d like to thank my Mom, Dad, and younger sister for always encouraging me and reminding me how capable I am. You guys instilled that in me at a young age and I’m very fortunate to have that foundation because owning your own business and putting your heart in your art can be hard. Thank you for everything, I love you guys.
Lastly, I want to thank all of the couples that I’ve worked with thus far. Thanks for trusting in my heart and in me to document one of the best days of your lives or a season in your life you wanted to remember forever. That’s a huge deal and it isn’t lost on me.
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