We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Joiner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started my business in January of 2013. I was working at Compassion International at the time. I had some amazing photography mentors at Compassion who were photographers. They helped me take the leap into making a business out of my photography hobby. By March I had 20 weddings on the books and I gave my boss 2 months notice so I had time to train someone in my role there. My photography business quickly took off and has been growing every since. I now have a team of 5 photographers and we shoot between 80 and 100 weddings a year.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I believe what sets Tina Joiner Photography apart is customer service and a servant’s heart. I truly want to make each couple feel that they are the only couple we are working with. On a wedding day, it is not about us. We are there to serve. We want our couples to have an amazing experience from the first conversation until the delivery of their wedding gallery and beyond. How did you get where you are today – Hard work and keeping my business in God’s hands. Challenges – The biggest challenge has been the pandemic. Couples had to make really tough decision in 2020 to either reschedule or turn their big weddings into smaller elopements. I tried my best to support each couple in their difficult decisions.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting I would take her to all of the fun touristy spots to start with – Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and 7 Falls in the Springs. I would also take her to some of my favorite places outside of Colorado Springs like Breckenridge, Mount Princeton, and Estes Park. Local hang outs would also be on the list. Coati, The Rabbit Hole, Axe and Oak, The Golden Bee, Almagre, Oskar Blues, and other fun favorites.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to Craig Coupland and Bobby Claypool. They mentored me in the beginning of my photography business and have been so extremely supportive over the last 8 years. I also want to thank my husband Darren for supporting me in this little dream. I had no idea what it would turn into and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his support. Weddings take a lot of time and energy and I am thankful that Darren and my girls Grace and Selah are always so understanding and encouraging. I want to thank my parents for teaching me what it means to have a strong work ethic and to treat each person you come across with love and respect. I know that I have a successful business because of the the way I was raised. Above all, I want to thank God for blessing this little dream way more than I ever imagined. My success is truly in His hands.