Today we’d like to introduce you to Comfort Witcher.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. My interest in photography developed at a young age, I always took photos of my little brothers and cousins growing up. While in my senior year at OSU while pursuing a Psychology degree, I took an introductory Photography class and I LOVED it!
After I graduated, I assisted a couple of local photographers in town, to learn the ropes and build my portfolio. Unfortunately, one of the photographers that I assisted withheld the majority of my photos, so I ended up with hardly a portfolio. Instead of giving up, I stopped assisting, and launched my own business, though in hindsight I probably wasn’t ready. I took the few photos that I had and put an ad in a wedding publication. I also started a website and began doing bridal shows, determined to make the most of what I had.
My business was not an overnight success story. It was very slow-growing, lots of costly mistakes were made along the way, and there were many times where I felt like calling it quits. One of my favorite quotes is “Comparison is the thief of joy” and I often had to remind myself to not compare my business to others. We all have our own journey to walk, and things happen in the timing they are meant to. Now almost 20 years later, I am able to look back over my career and see that everything happened exactly the way that it was supposed to! I have been blessed to provide photos for so many special events and milestones for some of the best clients ever!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life, in general, has its’ obstacles, and my business definitely had its’ share. It took a few years for me to even be profitable, which was fine because the first 4 years of business I worked a full-time job. That was an obstacle in itself, and I jokingly referred to my business as my night job for years. The main reason I started my business was because I knew when I had children, I would want to be able to make an income yet be at home with them as much as possible. But running a business and raising children is extremely challenging, and time management was always a struggle. Another challenge that I don’t discuss much, I was an extremely shy person at the start of my business. I really had to overcome my fear of talking to and being around people that I didn’t know. I used to be nervous before every wedding. Not just because I was afraid, I could possibly somehow ruin such important pictures, but also because I was nervous to be around hundreds of people that I didn’t know. The early days of business are the definition of “Do it scared”!
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
The majority of my work consists of wedding photography, but over the last several years I have also focused a lot on brand photography for other business owners. I also photograph high school seniors and college graduates, families, children, corporate events, and the occasional newborn. Basically, I photograph people! My approach and my goal for any type of session is the same though: to create timeless, vibrant, authentic, clean images that capture the spirit of my clients and their events. I shy away from photography trends and focus on capturing real smiles and genuine emotions, with realistic color and good lighting. That will never go out of style.
With wedding photography, my years of experience have made it so that on the day of, I’m kind of like a built-in wedding coordinator. I have just amassed so much wedding knowledge, that I am able to be helpful in ways not related to photography. I think my willingness to help the wedding run smoothly and for the couple to be happy, beyond just my photography skills is one of the things that sets me apart. Photography is one aspect of the wedding day, I look at the day holistically and am willing to help in any way possible because it really truly is an honor any time a couple trusts me with such an important day.
I have been awarded The Knot Best of Weddings for several years, and have been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. I have been published in Columbus Bride Magazine, The Knot Ohio, and Munaluchi Bridal, both online and print.
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I don’t know if this is surprising but I enjoy commercial acting and am signed with Helen Wells Agency! I do a few commercials per year and it’s tons of fun. I also run an apparel company for plant lovers called For the Horticulture!
- Website: www.comfortphotography.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thecomfortphotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/comfortphotography
- Other: www.1forthehorticulture.com