Renee Wofford, owner and founder of Studio 1825, tries to capture the “natural” side of life through her documentary photography and running a program for families.
Studio 1825 is currently running a brand ambassador program with families who wish to work with the studio to take photos of their families in a specific type of session. Wofford would call to have a meeting with families in a specific location or participate in an activity, and families interested in having photos taken with these characteristics might apply.
The session is free for the family as long as they agree to share their photos and experiences in a certain way on social media. It takes around 6-8 weeks for each brand ambassador.
Founded in 2017, Studio 1825 serves north and central Mississippi, Memphis, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina, offering family, maternity, and birthing sessions aimed at capturing authentic moments in life and family.
Wofford grew up in and around Charlotte, North Carolina and attended Winthrop University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Soon after graduation, Woofford married her husband, who was from northern Mississippi, and we moved to the area.
Originally, Wofford wanted to become a family counselor, but a health crisis in her husband’s family caused her to move closer to his home.
“At that point, I wasn’t really able to go to school, so I started thinking about other careers I could pursue,” she said. “I’ve always been a creative, so I started experimenting with different artistic media until I found something I thought I could turn into a successful business.”
“I actually bought my first DSLR about 5 or 6 years ago when I was fiddling with woodworking and experimenting with selling my products online. I needed good photos of what I was doing, but in the end I enjoyed taking photos more than the actual woodworking. That was the sign I needed back then. “
There are plenty of family photographers out there, but Wofford stands out for having a more naturalistic, documentary approach to photo shoots.
“When clients book a session at Studio 1825, I spend time getting to know them – their interests, habits, routines, and traditions – so we can build a session that truly captures the personality, dynamics, and relationships of your family or group. Phase of life, ”she says.
The shoot is planned in person over a cup of coffee or by phone. The session revolves around routine activities, special events, family outings, or unique traditions that make up the client’s story.
A family gathering could include preparing dinner, telling bedtime stories, playing board games, celebrating a birthday, baking for the holidays, or picnicking in the park. It all depends on the customer.
The personalized approach means that each Wofford photo session is different and unique for the family or group.
“Telling the authentic stories of people and families through pictures and compositions is both fascinating and rewarding,” said Wofford. “I have a small background in developmental psychology so I experience things in real life that I used to read in textbooks. In a way, it’s a wonderful study of the intersection of compassion, caring, and human development. Especially with my photography style as I don’t pose or coach anyone on what to do in a photo; the personalities of each individual shine through in a natural way. “
Wofford doesn’t know what’s in store for her in the future of her business, but she’s always pushing to make progress and.
“I don’t think you’ll ever finish building your business because you always want to grow and there are always new endeavors to pursue,” she said. “I’ve been doing this for a few years now and there is always a new place I want to go.”
Wofford hopes to spread her name and business in the community so that more people will become familiar with her and her style, and she commends Red Window Communications for the help.
“I firmly believe that people work best when we have positive connections with one another, so find ways to increase the positivity in the world,” she said. “You and everyone around you will benefit.”
For more information on Studio 1825, the Brand Ambassador Program, or to schedule a meeting, visit www.studio1825.com.