April 2020 Feature Story: Mindy Hulett

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Mindy Hulett | Wedding, Elopement, + Lifestyle Photographer | Mindy Hulett Photo

Mindy and I were supposed to meet at our Spring Styled Photoshoot, yesterday. Unfortunately, we've had to postpone our photoshoot until the end of May so I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Mindy in person yet.

Her photos are gorgeous and I'm super excited to work with her this Spring.

Enjoy her story below.

Tell us about yourself - Where are you from and what did you wish to be when you grew up?

Born and raised in Sterling, NY. I have always considered the beautiful town of Fair Haven, NY to be home. The small neighborhood, friendly community, and rustic woods right in my backyard, makes raising my family here feel right. It did take some convincing of my husband to place our roots here, but this area truly won him over. We spend summers as a family enjoying everything the town has to offer, our favorite pastimes are evenings spent on the boat and ice cream trips to Big Bo’s. Running a successful business requires a lot of back end work. I’m thankful for having someone who supports, encourages and celebrates my victories with me.

What brought you to where you are today?

Everyone claims to have the best parents, and I’ll be the one to add to that. Without my parents hard work and dedication, I don’t believe I would be half the person I am today. I have seen this couple go through some of the worst hardships and continue to show not only each other, but the friends and family around them, immense love and support. My father is one of the most hard working men I know, running a self-employed business of logging for over 50 years. My parents' work ethic is what made me believe I was capable of doing anything I set my mind to. My mother has always had such a kind hearted soul, she has always put others first and herself second. Being raised this way has made me grateful for what I have and what I work for. I believe that we must treat others with love and respect. You never know what others are dealing with, being kind goes a long way.

What do you do professionally?

I have been working at Pace Electronics in Sodus, NY since 2015. I work as a Quality and Marketing Director, but my love for art and photography started my journey as an engagement and wedding photographer in 2013.

What year did you start your business and how long did it take to acquire a consistent client base?

I started my business in 2013, taking on any session I could just to have a subject to shoot. I quickly learned that not every genre of photography was for me. Once I figured out my niche, I knew capturing love stories was the path I wanted to continue. I strive for connection with my couples and over the years I have been able to perfect my interactions and relationships with them to create those “aha” moments. This has improved my client experience allowing them to not feel nervous or awkward in front of my camera. In return, they rave about their experience and it sells my services and what I’m capable of providing to others.

How long did it take to become a profitable company?