We had the good fortune of connecting with Hailley Howard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hailley, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My commitment to honoring my word. Sometimes I feel like a disgruntled old-timer; nostalgic for a world before plastic when things were built to last and honor was everything.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I never read user manuals. It’s not something I love about myself. If I am interested in something I jump into it, head first and sometimes completely in the dark. That’s exactly how I began my journey as a photographer. I felt my way through, did it my way, for better or for worse. Doing it this way made some things really challenging. Not dedicating myself to a niche has held me back in some ways and made my life a little more chaotic. But I love that every day is different. I love that sometimes I am creating beautiful art work and sometimes I am shooting a wedding that generations to come may cherish. I am endlessly inspired and I believe that is in part because there’s always a sense of newness and excitement. One thing I can always stand by is my word and my ability to always come through. If I say I am going to do something; I do it. If someone needs something I make sure they get it. For this I’ve been able to meet the challenges of some of the needs of my clients. Small or large, I always get the job done and am always dedicated to meeting the vision I am hired to create.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live 50 miles south of LA in Laguna Beach. It’s a hop, skip and jump away and a perfect place to relax and get inspired. Laguna has some of the best coast line in the world and there’s a magic sparkle in the air. Come for a weekend and throw down to stay at the Hotel Joaquin, a new boutique hotel by the group that made the Korakia in Palm Springs.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My business has been built solely on personal relationships and word of mouth business. I would not have a career if it weren’t for all of the people who went out on a limb to trust a new photographer and if it weren’t for the continued love and support of my community. Thank you, thank you, thank you.