Name: Robby Followell
After earning a graphic design degree from Mississippi College and working there as an admissions counselor, Robby Followell opened Followell Fotography in 2007 with a desire to combine art, technique, design and business.
“I really love art. I’m enamored by the thought that images can cause us to remember, rise up an emotion, and even move us to action,” Followell says. “Despite the fact that so many are jumping on the professional photographer bandwagon, I really feel like that just means those of us committed for the long haul must really set ourselves apart with a product and service that stands out from the rest.”
Followell shoots more than 500,000 images annually for dozens of weddings and commercial projects like Mississippi College and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He also donates a couple of portrait sessions to non-profit organizations each year in an effort to help them raise funds.
“I’m drawn to the business of making photographs that speak for themselves,” he says. “Subjects and their interaction with one another effectively captured within a frame is unarguably a powerful thing.”
Since opening in 2007, Followell’s business has demanded always-on creativity and a growing knowledge of how technology can make photos more attractive and processing easier. Followell’s wife Jessica helps as a studio manager and he says he wants to grow the business by adding photographers to serve a larger client base.
One advantage to working in Mississippi is the interconnectivity, according to Followell. “Mississippi knows how to do weddings and brides I’ve worked with the last six years continue to bless me tremendously in the way they share their experience with other brides.”
Followell tells fellow young professionals to take time to build a solid career. “There’s no substitute for experience,” he says. “I thank the Lord that I’ve continued to receive steady business the last six years and hope, of course, that it only continues.”
Hobbies: Spending time with family, traveling, riding on my Vespa scooter
Heroes: My pastor Chip Henderson
First job ever: McAlister’s Deli in Meridian
Favorite Mississippi food: Wedding cake
Favorite hangout spots: My front porch
Favorite TV Show: “American Idol”
Favorite Movie: “A Beautiful Mind”
Favorite Music: The Civil Wars, Ingrid Michaelson, Hillsong