We had the good fortune of connecting with Madeline Barr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madeline, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Making people feel confident and beautiful is my favorite part of my job and truly (I think) the key to success. The great Maya Angelou said ““People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. As a photographer, I work really hard to create a space where folks feel confident and comfortable, because that is always going to shine through in a photo. Its always a win when clients end a shoot by saying “That was so much fun and way easier than we thought it would be!”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Beautiful photos are great and I am so lucky to spend my life making art, but ultimately what I think sets me apart is my focus on the client’s experience. Most of my time is spent with couples on the most important day of their lives. Making them feel confident is my goal and the great photos are really just a by product of that! Running your own business is not easy by any stretch. There are so many moving parts to it and not all of them are strengths of mine (numbers?! gross!). Great support is so important and I’m lucky to have so many people in my corner cheering me on. I’m also just incredibly lucky to have the raddest clients who I’m all totally obsessed with. I think being really honest about who I am and true to myself has helped me really zero in on the folks I want to attract and craft experiences for.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Sunset at Sunset Cliffs is always a must do, first night stop when folks come to visit. The Sunset is ALWAYS killer and really shows off San Diego. Then, because we are big campers, we’d def take them camping- Julian or Anza Borrego Desert depending on the time of year. If it’s too hot for camping, I’d still probably want to take folks out to the desert.
I love showing folks from back East (I grew up in New England) the desert and all the wild statues out in the Galetta Meadows. If the world was open and we could safely eat and drink, we’d def hit Mike’s Taco club for a California Burrito and check out some good dives like Pac Shores, CJs or the Aero Club. My goto is always a killer cocktail at Polite Provisions & the best chinese food in San Diego from Fortunate Son. Perfect for a night in OR out!
Fancier night out? Born and Raised for steak and then one of San Diego’s many incredible speakeasys like Realm of 22 Remedies or Neighborhood. A fun, adventurous night? Hit up Ethiopian food at Muzita Abyssinian Bistro and then to The Madison and probably Parks & Rec for cocktails.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course my family, my partner of 11 years and my friends have all been huge parts of my success. My Mom has always been my biggest cheerleader. She’s a bad ass and hilarious woman full of life that I’m lucky to know! She has always given me the space and encouragement to follow my creative passions. She also taught me to work hard and make it happen. My babe Pete is my right hand man and has always backed my crazy ideas from day one. He works incredibly hard on his own passions but still finds the time and energy to make sure I can properly chase mine. Everything I do is better and stronger with his love and support. I also owe a huge part of my success to Aaron of True Photography. He gave me a full time job taking photos when we moved to California from New England. Working with him and the amazing crew at True taught me SO MANY incredibly valuable lessons, both creatively and business-wise.
All photo credits are me, madeline barr photo!