Audrey Blake Breheney
“Some of my earliest memories of my childhood are from the view point of a stage.
At the age of six my neighborhood friends and I started a band called “The Go Go’s & The Sensations.” We put on a full-blown concert lip syncing and dancing to songs of the 80’s and charged $2 for entry. From then on, I spent my childhood, teenage years and early twenties as an actress, having majored in theater and enrolling myself in The Upright Citizens Brigade, the incredible improvisation school made famous by people like Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey. Little did I know that all this training would bring me to an entry level position in sales at none other then Yahoo! where I gained incredibly valuable experiences and was able to use my improv skills in the real world.
It’s been about ten years since I started photographing families both in and out of their homes. Going from part-time hobbyist and professional to leaving my profession in internet marketing to pursue photography full time was a serious leap of faith. As Julia Cameron says in The Artist’s Way, “LEAP, and the net will appear.”
In addition to my years in theater and the tech and marketing world, it was my experience as a student at The Define School, coupled with teaching and pursuing iPhoneography and creating my own brand, that catapulted me into a place where I was ready to break through all the fear and go for it! It took me years to get here and my goal is to help you avoid the weeds and the get there as fast as you can so you can get to a place where your heart and spirit are leading you and the concerns fall by the wayside.
The truth is, it is never simple or easy. Along the way I have fallen on my face only to pick the pieces up and learn how to streamline my own business the hard way. As photographers, using our artistry as our source of income we have to learn to wear a business hat and market our art to others. All the while, the hardest part is turning up the energy and making powerful images in the midst of the distractions and the difficulties being a family photographer brings. I want to share my story with you and give you the secrets I have learned so you can establish or grow a profitable business and enable your name as a photographer to break through into the industry.”
Audrey is a full time photographer specializing in her signature “Bedtime Story Sessions”, lifestyle family sessions, and lifestyle commercial work. Audrey is currently the in-house photographer for Dirt & Noise Kids in Montclair, NJ. Her work has been featured in Saplings Magazine, Mozi Magazine, Design Aglow, Momazine, Photography Masterclass Magazine, USA Today, and Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. She is an original member of Childhood Unplugged and teaches iPhoneography workshops at the prestigious Montclair Arts Museum. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and two beautiful daughters.