We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Robertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Growing up my father was always taking pictures and recording our family events and outings. He always said that he wanted to cherish the moments we had. When he passed away in 2007, what helped me a lot was the pictures and videos I had of him. It allowed me to remember him in the great moments that we shared, so I always cherished photos.
Fast forward to 2019, I decided to buy a camera and start learning photography. A close friend of mine encouraged me to start a photography business because I was so passionate about it and he loved how the pictures came out. I wanted to share my love with others and show them that pictures are a great way to cherish memories. I decided to start Shots by Mimi to help people share those memories they have with their loved ones and the special moments in their life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Shots by Mimi is a unique photography business because I don’t do the usual cookie cutter shots. I do all types of shoots from portraiture, animals, events, content, and businesses. I take time to learn my clients and what they are wanting to capture and what feelings they want to have when looking at photos.
It took a lot of late nights and early mornings to get to where I am today. I put in a lot of work practicing, learning, and networking to grow my business. It wasn’t easy by any means and so many times I wanted to quit, but then I had to remind myself of my “why.” When things get hard I have to remind myself for growth, sometimes we must be uncomfortable and that’s okay.
I learned not to compare my work to others or where I am compared to others. Comparison is literally the thief of joy and I know that my journey is mine alone and I am exactly where I should be.
I’m most excited about what the future holds for my business. I know there is so much more to come with experience and growth of my business. I am beyond excited for new clients and new opportunities.
I want the world to know that I do this as a passion first and a business second. I hope that my story encourages and inspires someone to pick up a camera or start booking a photographer to capture those moments they want to share and cherish for a lifetime.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Coffee is definitely a must so we would check out Day 6, Mo’ Better Brews, Luce, Clutch City Coffee, and The Tipping Point.
I would definitely try out some brunch spots and A’Bouzy is on the top of that list. We would go eat at a couple of my favorite vegan spots, Houston Sauce Company, Chef Kenny’s, and Korny Vibez.
I definitely would take them to Urban Social for a neighborhood feel and a chill vibe. We could grab some drinks there. We could go to Bar 5015 another night for night out. We would have to hit up Midtown as well to go to all the bars out there.
The Houston Museums would also be a great place to check out and experience. Galveston would be a place to check out and get some sort of beach vibe and possibly Coffee and Cars meets.
Finally, we would definitely need to run off all the food and drinks so we would catch a run with ZFT run club in Wednesday at Memorial Park, Freaks Run Club on Friday in the Heights, and Black Men Run and other run groups on Saturday at Memorial.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my Shoutout to my family and friends. They have truly been a great support system for me and put my name in rooms I have never stepped in. They are definitely part of the reason why I am where I am today.
A special shoutout to Patrick Pressgrove for always allowing me to borrow his equipment, give me tips, and helping me out with editing. He has definitely been a tremendous help whenever I needed it and pushed me to elevate my work.
A special shoutout to Jay Perkins as he is the one that gave me the idea and encouraged me to start my business and helped me start it. He has played a major role in the business side of things for Shots by Mimi as well as referring me to projects around Houston.