Callie Manion

"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed." - C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms  

We are delighted to share this gorgeous bridal session from Callie Manion with you. The floral colors and soft light create an exquisite scene. Callie is such a talent and the scenes she captures are a dream. Today Callie invites us into her space to hear a piece of her journey.  

Heirloom: Do you have any morning rituals or things you do to get ready for a long day of editing or shooting? (exs. A latte from your local coffee shop? Making sure you wake up before the sun? Go for a run?)

Callie: Since I stay home with my two littles during the week, my time to edit and work in my office is actually pretty sporadic. I take advantage of any spare moment I get with naps and then my real work begins once the kids go down for the night. It can be tricky to transition from being a mom and running around with the kids to then sitting down in front of my computer and "turning it on". But I actually find that playing with my kids has helped get my creative juices flowing--being a mother has made me a softer person and watching my little girl play & learn new things has been inspiring. I think that's really carried over to my work. So before I begin work for the night I make sure to spend time with both kids individually & put them to sleep, then I go and spend a few minutes winding down and relaxing on my own. Then I'm able to clear my mind and get to work! Normally my "me time" is spent taking a hot bath or reading a good book. Both of those things are so relaxing for me and help me to refuel before a night of editing! When it's a day of shooting that I'm getting ready for, it's usually not until I'm in the car on my way that I'm able to get any time alone to prep. So this is when I normally turn on some great music and get excited about the shoot ahead of me! 

Heirloom:  How do you balance work & play? 

Callie: What works for my husband & I is a schedule! We both follow our calendars religiously and we literally schedule out when we are working and when we are playing. Normally Monday-Thursday after the kids go to bed, that's my work time & my husband's study time (he's studying for the GMAT currently). Then Friday night is our date night, Saturday is usually a work day for me & when my husband gets to be with the kids, and then Sundays are a family day. I've always been a planner but I've found since having kids that it's even more important to schedule everything out to make sure we have a proper balance!

Heirloom: What’s one location you’ve always wanted to shoot but have yet to do and why?

Callie: The Cotton Mill in McKinney! I've been dying to get over there and just haven't had the chance yet. I really love the unfinished, industrial feel of it. I hope to shoot there very soon!

Heirloom: Tell us about your journey into photography. Is there a story? 

Callie: I have always been a creative person and before I found photography, I enjoyed using writing as my creative outlet. I played with photography in high school--taking all the classes my school offered, and after that always loved it as a personal hobby. I followed my love for writing in college however and majored in English with a minor in Editing. After school working in the publishing world didn't fulfill me like I hoped it would, and that's when I turned back to photography. After picking it back up and offering to photograph my friends and family, I found my passion re-ignited and really dived into it! Just last year I was going through old boxes at my parent's house and found my brother's old film camera. That's when I decided to play with incorporating film into some personal projects and I fell instantly in love. Shooting with film has really been the missing piece that I have been looking for. It is exciting and beautiful and has allowed me to really take my work in the direction I've always wanted. I've since invested in my own 35mm and medium format film cameras and am incorporating it into almost every session I do.


Heirloom: What’s your favorite thing about owning your own business?

Callie: I'd have to say the freedom of it. Being able to take my business in any direction that fits me and my vision is really liberating. If you compare my work from even just a year ago, you'll see I've really grown and found my niche in the last several months. Since I own my own business, I'm able to change it up to fit my own needs as well as my clients, without having to worry about anyone else. Before I made the switch back to photography, I was working in the publishing industry and had a really hard time taking direction to do something I didn't agree with morally. I know that's a rare case and not everyone has to deal with that, but working for myself has given me the freedom to not only create art, but also take charge of every aspect of the business.