#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)

Samia Minnicks brings a unique vulnerability to an industry rife with pretense. Get to know Samia’s heart for people, and her passion for great photographs.


Today’s #ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks

Photographing since: 2009
Samia’s home base: Richmond, VA
Her ShootProof Plan: 5,000
Follow her on Instagram: @samiaminnicksphotography
Follow her on Facebook: @samiaminnicksphotography

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

Samia’s Story:

I’ve always been fascinated with pictures.

In High School, I carried my camera around so much that everyone thought I was on the yearbook staff.

After I took a course in commercial photography at the specialty center in my county, I continued to shoot throughout college. After graduating, I used my business degree – and my frustration with corporate America -as fuel to start doing photography full time.

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

The rest is history. I’ve been shooting for over 12 years, and I’ve grown so much, but the evolution never stops. I have so much to learn.

That is what I love most about photography: there’s no destination in this journey; just a beautiful evolution of skill and passion.

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

If I’m completely transparent, though, comparison is something I still struggle with.

As an artist, I think it’s healthy to want to be the absolute best at your craft. However, I think there is a thin line between being inspired and consuming yourself with the work of others.

There are photographers who are super-talented and successful who have only been shooting for a short period of time. That’s not my story and I have to learn to be okay with that.

It makes me excited to know that there’s so much room and space for me to succeed, I just need to be intentional on my journey and stop focusing on others.

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

Q&A with Samia Minnicks, #ShootProofPro

#1: “What’s your key to success?”

Authenticity! I truly strive to create authentic relationships with my clients.

#2: “Which ShootProof feature is your favorite?”

I love that I can make personalized links for my clients to access their sessions and select their favorite images! It definitely adds to the customer experience.

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

#3: “If you weren’t a photographer, what else would you do?”

Sales – in the travel and hospitality industry!

#4: “What inspires you?”

Music is my peace and the heartbeat to my long hours of editing! Experiences also inspire me and challenge me to think outside of my comfort zone.

Also: Danielle Finney Photography.  She is my mentor and my inspiration!

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

#5: “If you could only photograph in one location for the rest of your career, where would that be?”

I would choose the continent of Africa! There are so many diverse cultures and experiences there that I would love to take part in and capture.

#ShootProofPro: Samia Minnicks (“Not on the yearbook committee.”)
Samia Minnicks

#6: “What does Focus On What Matters Most™ mean to you?”

Focus On What Matters Most means being intentional about pursuing my dreams and purpose.


Photographs and interview by SAMIA MINNICKS


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