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Meet Tracy Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracy Brown.

Hi Tracy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story and passion for photography started in middle school when my teacher, Mr. Helm, asked me for help with the yearbook. I always loved taking art classes and found my true passion in expressing my artistic ability through photography. After graduating from high school, I wanted to be a professional photographer. When attending college, I took a few photography classes but ultimately chose to pursue a career in medical sales. I was a successful medical sales representative for 13 years. When I finally grew tired of the corporate culture, my husband asked me, “Tracy, What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” Without hesitation, I answered.” I want to be a professional photographer!” At the age of 46, I finally followed my dream and started Tracy Michelle Photography.

After exploring several different genres over the years, I found that I love photographing women. It’s important for me to connect with my clients because I know they are feeling a bit nervous posing in front of the camera. I take pride in creating an environment where my clients feel beautiful, confident, comfortable, and relaxed. My style of photography is Modern Glamour Portraiture. I like to call it a celebrity-styled photoshoot for everyone. I want my clients to feel special and enjoy a day of pampering with hair & make-up. What I find most rewarding is a client brought to tears of joy viewing her images asking, “Is that really me? I’m Beautiful!” Let me change the way you see yourself.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road certainly has been far from smooth. When I started Tracy Michelle Photography in 2016, I struggled mainly with marketing and website design. Having to wear so many hats, from being CEO to sweeping the studio floors, is definitely overwhelming and humbling. In 2017, I joined the Sue Bryce Education platform, and it changed my life and my business. Having Sue as a mentor is amazing! She teaches everything from proper lighting and posing on the technical side to effective marketing, pricing, and sales techniques on the business side.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in modern glamour portraiture, professional branding, classy boudoir, and stylish senior portraits. I custom design a photo shoot around your personality, style, and interest. My promise is to give my clients an unforgettable experience.

I’m most proud of my 50 over 50 project. I turned 50 years young this year and wanted to celebrate with other inspiring women. My mission is to photograph and tell the stories of 50 women over the age of 50: A photoshoot experience in my BelAir, MD portrait studio culminating in a gallery style exhibition & celebration at the end of the project.

Everyone has a story to tell! I have created something very special as a gift for all women to enjoy. We celebrate our beauty, appreciate every scar, wrinkle, and grey hair. This is a chance to tell your story and share your wisdom, challenges, success, and sacrifices that make up the incredible life you have lived. It’s time to show the world that beauty is ageless!

What sets me apart from other photographers is my ability to capture the beauty in all women. I believe in empowering women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Every woman deserves to have this transformational experience. I want to change the way women see themselves with beautiful images their families will treasure for generations.

Recently, I was awarded my associate level accreditation from The Portrait Masters. My images have been judged by top photographers and educators from around the world. This accreditation assures my clients that they are working with a high standard photographer who is a true professional in the industry.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Believe in yourself and value what you do! In the beginning, I had a hard time valuing my work and soon found out that I would not have a sustainable business. Find yourself a mentor or supportive community that can help you grow. Sue Bryce Education has been an amazing resource for me. Learn as much as you can about marketing your business and have a financial goal! Enjoy the journey!

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