We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitlin Higgason and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caitlin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always loved photography, but when I got to college I just figured I wouldn’t be able to pay the bills going that route, so I got my degree in graphic design. After being at a corporate design job for about 2 years I was super burnt out and dreaded going to work everyday. I followed all of these adventurous wedding photographers on Instagram and thought “why can’t I do that?” So I decided to sign up for a wedding photography workshop and it was then that I decided I was going to put in my 2 weeks when I got back to work. If running my own business didn’t work out I could always just get another corporate job. Thankfully it did work out, and I’ve never been happier! I have the freedom to create my own schedule and do the work I love. It’s amazing!
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is all about capturing couples and telling their story through photographs. I love when couples want to take their engagement photos somewhere meaningful like the coffee shop they went to on their first date, or their favorite ocean overlook. Or even their wedding— getting married at their favorite beach instead of a random venue that doesn’t mean anything to them. It just makes the photos so much more special. It definitely wasn’t an easy road to get to where I am today. It’s been a lot of trial and error to see what works best for me. For example, the work-life balance. I use to work 12+ hour days and as the time went on I started to feel burnt out. I realized that taking breaks or even days off can be so beneficial for your mental health. Plus, those breaks help so much with my creativity. I feel like my work is always better when my mind is feeling refreshed and stress free.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since I live in Orange County I always love to take friends or family visiting to Laguna Beach. They have the prettiest beaches in my opinion— it’s almost like a tropical feel. A few of my favorite views are at the Montage Resort and Crescent Bay Point Park! I love a good brunch, so I’d probably either go to Zinc Cafe or the Beachcomber. The Beachcomber is a really fun experience since it’s in a little house right on the sand! For drinks I love the Deck. It’s one of the few places that overlooks the ocean and they have amazing cocktails! After Laguna, I would head North up the coast. I love Santa Barbara! The Spanish style architecture, the beaches, the restaurants, and the best part: the wine tasting rooms! A few of my favorite places to eat and drink there are The Blue Owl for lunch, Cold Spring Tavern for dinner and Oreana Winery for wine tasting. After Santa Barbara I would head to the desert! I’d stay in a trendy hotel in Palm Springs one night and then get an airbnb in Joshua Tree the next. After that I’d probably head home, and of course stop at the outlets on the way!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely owe everything to my amazing friends, family, photographer community and clients! I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without their endless support.