For this week's issue we decided to take a road trip to Dallas, Texas where we caught up with Cindy Arthur!
SeniorInspire Nice to meet you, Cindy! So, how long have you been in business as Cindy Arthur Photography?
Cindy Arthur I've officially been in business about 8 years, but only recently started focusing on senior portraits! I've been more of a family photographer in the past but I just love the senior genre, so I'm hoping to move exclusively to senior photography soon!
SI Any funny stories about your first year in business?
CA Oh my gosh, my first year in business I had no idea what I was doing, totally winging it! Right off the bat a friend asked me to take over a "portrait party" she had scheduled with another photographer, basically mini sessions. That photographer had to back out for a family emergency and I said sure I can do it! Well, it was 18 families in a row and I about passed out from the stress of it and sheer exhaustion - what was I thinking? LOL However, some of those families are still clients and have kept coming back through the years and all the price increases! But yeah, I was not prepared!
SI Yikes! I can't even imagine! Describe your perfect senior client?
CA I would describe my perfect client as someone who is excited about getting their photos taken and values my time and talent! In my experience, the senior girls are mostly excited and love to plan out their session and the senior guys are mostly doing it for mom, and they just want it over with. Not all, of course but most! The ones that are excited and have fun during the session just make me love my job so much and I always have the best time with them! If they'd rather be anywhere else, or they would rather be rearranging their sock drawer, it's hard for me to be my outgoing, bubbly self, so that's not as fun for me!
SI Describe your nightmare senior client?
CA I wouldn't call it a nightmare but I do not like shooting seniors that obviously don't want to be there. It's very uncomfortable and I don't feel like I do a great job posing them because I'm thinking I need to just hurry up and get it done. It kind of throws off my mojo haha!
SI If you got all the senior photographers in the Dallas area together for one night, how close do you think you'd come to filling Cowboys stadium?
CA Ha ha I love this question!! It feels like halfway full at least! Not really, but Dallas is pretty saturated with senior photographers! I have come to know several of them and so far everyone seems kind, supportive and friendly! I don't really feel the competitiveness, but I'm sure there is some of that out there!
SI Is there a band or musical artist that always makes you feel good?
CA I'm kind of all over with my musical taste, but here are a few that I love — Journey, Boston, the Eagles (yes I'm showing my age)! Also Sam Smith, Mercy Me and Lauren Daigle.
SI What's something you're looking forward to right now?
CA I'm looking forward to summer vacation! I don't shoot much in the summer (it's HOT here in Texas!), so the summer months are laid back for me and my kiddos are so looking forward to the slower pace.
SI Completely opposite back in the midwest, summer is when things get craaaazy. Ok, final question, who are some people you follow on Instagram you think others may not know about.
CA Here are a few that I love to follow Kylie Katitch, Marina Williams and Daniel Do — all fun influencer/photographers that are so creative and inspiring.
SI Awesome! Thanks so much for sitting down with us today! Enjoy your summer!!