I am a self-taught boudoir photographer in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. I have a wild imagination that keeps my creativity flowing and a stubborn attitude that brings me to the most beautiful and bizarre locations. I am a perfectionist for detail and love out of the box scenarios. I have been recognized as a daily choice multiple times by the AIBP and also awarded one of the "Top 10 Best of the Year" by the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. I'm a go-getter with a lot to accomplish.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Molly. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a day dreamer, traveler, mother and doer. I've lived in tents and campers in the fields of the Mid-West and mountains of the East. Appalachia is where I found my photography passion. It wasn't until I brought the beauty of a woman in front of my lens that I had found my true calling.
Molly, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I aspire to bring women of all shapes and colors into my artwork. My passion started while photographing weddings and falling in love with the glow of a bride to be. I one day realized that same glow could be replicated if you allow a woman to be the most beautiful person in the room for a day.
Who is your inspiration in life Molly? How do you keep inspired?
I'm so inspired by the spark of confidence I find in my clients. I'm inspired daily by the realization of my clients that they too can be a beautiful, powerful, goddess.
We all make mistakes Molly; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
If I'm going, to be honest, I cannot think of a time that I regret the way I've treated a colleague.
Molly, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
My client's needs and my needs are transparent. I value fast turn around times, chipper e-mails and perfected images. I've recently discovered the power of handing off certain tasks to employees, and this keeps my standards available to all of my clients.
Please tell us, Molly, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
My most recent series was my most well planned. I settle for nothing less than a perfect image as well as a unique one. This series required henna design three days before the session so that it would be at its darkest. I arranged the model and the henna artist to meet at the perfect time. Arranged for a sunrise session that included my model and hair and makeup artist to sleep over at my home. I arranged for a local shop that sells world art and furniture to allow us to photograph there. The results were AMAZING!
Molly, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was a big bother for night photography for a long time. I took some convincing but once the first night session was under way it has been a glorious addition to my photography.
Molly, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My "Top 10 Best of the Year" from the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. To be recognized by my peers and well over 120 entries was such an amazing feeling and I'm striving for greater goals now!
Molly, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am almost always creative in my work. I try my VERY best to create an environment unique to each woman I photograph. It's exciting when I'm the creative mind behind the ideas; it's more difficult when the client is controlling the idea or environment. I don't ever turn down a challenge though!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Hustle. Do it. Study others who are better than you. Surround yourself with successful photographers and other creatives in the industry.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am always interested in collaboration. I like odd. I am a hippy at heart with an old soul if that means anything ;)
Photographer: Molly McKenzie @Zealous Stills Boudoir
Model: Sam Lenert @Model.SamIam
Hair & Makeup: Kristin Sanford @Kristins_Salon_Suite