The camera changed everything. Taking photos of friends and family and documenting life through his lens quickly became a passion for Chase. “Social media fueled that fire because everyone always wants something to show when they’ve done something cool. I started photographing events at school and just carrying my camera around with me.” Chase began posting his photographs on Facebook, and offers came pouring in. Chase was asked to shoot head shots, events, and eventually, his first wedding in 2012.
Chase laughs, “Looking back from where I am now, I realized I had very little clue as to what I was doing! But one thing I took away from that first wedding was that I really enjoyed photographing something that was real. The emotions on a wedding day are oftentimes high and all over the place – and are usually completely authentic. I liked that.”
Chase worked in the Public Relations Department at Mississippi College for two years and shot weddings on the side. One day, he received an incredible offer. Robby Followell of Followell Fotography asked Chase if he was interested in becoming an associate photographer with his company. Chase says with awe, “Even today I would say Robby is the best photographer in Mississippi, so naturally I was (probably overly) eager to get the chance to learn from him and be part of his business.” Chase joined Robby and his wife, Jessica, in June of 2014, and the partnership has been extraordinary. Chase laughs, “I’m booked for 30 weddings in 2015 and already booking for 2016 as well. It’s been crazy how quickly things have progressed since joining Robby and Jess!”
Robby says, “Chase is super talented and was, literally, the perfect person to give us the opportunity to grow.” Business is booming, thanks to the incredibly talented trio behind Followell Fotography. “Robby and Jess are special people. Robby has a lot of wisdom about a lot of things extending way beyond the realm of photography, and Jess is one of the kindest, most considerate people you will ever meet,” says Chase. “They welcomed me in and treated me like I had been a part of the business all along.”
For more information on Followell Fotography, and to view more of their lovely photographs, please visit their website here!