PODCAST | September 2018

Last August, I got to attend an Emotional Intelligence Leadership Training Program called Next Level! I realized, through this program, something that had been holding me back from getting to where I wanted to be professionally and so, I acted upon it immediately. I met with Anthony Tabler, now my marketing manager, shortly after the Next Level Trainings and he has been a HUGE blessing, form of encouragement and source of positivity in my life. He even holds me accountable every single day. If you want a marketing manager who is going to light a fire under your ass, empower you and encourage you, I HIGHLY suggest Anthony! I can’t speak more highly of him, I really lucked out (but nothing is an accident).

The thing holding me back was spending money, worried that it wouldn’t be invested rationally and that I wouldn’t get the results that I expected. Funny thing is; I wanted the progress of growth to go smoothly, quickly and efficiently. So far, it has been 100% trial and error with my marketing strategy, but to be honest, the road traveled thus far with Anthony and my team of creatives is worth more money than I could ever earn for myself. The experience is where it’s at!

With many suggestions that Anthony threw at me to boost my online presence, I began doing podcasts that probably had no direction, but were authentic, real, raw, no-bullshit conversations with people that I love. The more I did them, the more I fell in love with the idea of broadcasting my interviews worldwide! I’m now doing podcasts/interviewing people about their passions every week and eager to hear and learn more through my friends and family whom are willing to be heard!

I don’t want to go on and on about these podcasts (or do i?), but they’re humorous, authentic and the real deal. If you think you’d be interested in being a part of it all, please feel free to email/text/call me and we can chat about topics that you’d like to discuss and when! Right now, I have 17+ guests looking to tune in, so the wait may be a few months out, but that gives us time to plan our podcast and we can be on our A-game!

Below are instructions on how to go about the first steps to being a part of the podcast. As soon as you favorite me, I will get a notification and will be able to include you in any podcast via invitation!

Download the App “Anchor”

1)     Open the Anchor App

2)     Tap “Listen” on the bottom left corner of the app

3)     Type “Whitney Gets Real” (my portrait is on the podcast cover)

4)     Tap the star next to “Whitney Gets Real” so that it turns yellow!

a.     (You have now added me as a friend/favorite!)

5)     Once you have tapped that star, I will get a notification and you will be added back as a favorite/friend

6)     When receiving an invite to my podcast, all you simply have to do is answer your phone when you get a notification that I’m calling from Anchor! The podcast begins as soon as you answer the phone, so be ready!

Pet Friendly Hotels | Columbus, OH

Happy Thursday to my favorites!

There is a huge demand for animals participating in weddings, but in Columbus, the dog laws are a bit strict and don’t necessarily accommodate our furry friends.  That’s why I’ve compiled a list of pet-friendly hotels that will allow your pets to be a part of your wedding day, even if it’s just the “getting ready” part!

1) Hotel LeVeque is a 5 star hotel at an average rate of $229/night. I’ve personally been to the tower (which is partially residential as well!) and it’s STUNNING and worth every single penny, even just for the photography opportunity for you and your pet! Check it out for yourself!



2) Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention is also downtown and accommodates pups. It is a 3 star hotel, meaning it’s a bit more affordable and in a friendly price range. Average cost per night is $150!



3) Hilton Downtown Columbus is one of my all-time favorite hotels in the city, not only because they’re pet friendly, but because the Gallerie Bar and Bistro is one of my ALL TIME favorite restaurants in the city! Bill, the executive chef there, has an incredible menu and is sure to have you leaving with a full and happy belly. If you’re into sharing your human with your furry loved one, they’ll leave just as happy!



4) Hampton Inn and Suites downtown also accommodates pets for a fair price of $150/night and is centrally located in the middle of Columbus! The reviews of this hotel are 4.5/5 and you can tell the staff here strives to make their guests leave happy and have a superb experience. Check it out for yourself!

Who is Whitney Brewer?

Lately, I've been thinking about "my brand" and what it means to myself AND my clients. I want to attract like-minded individuals as my future clients AND keep the amazing clients that I have already!

So, who IS Whitney Brewer? What is her brand? Who is she trying attract? What is she trying to accomplish through her photography business? What sets her apart from other photographers?

I come from a family of mechanics, cooks, bakers, business owners, music-lovers and life-livers (note the well-roundedness!)! I started my business in 2016 with a bit of encouragement to quit working for “the man” and in turn, follow my dreams! After all, life is really short. We don’t have much time on this planet to actually live life, so I grabbed life by the balls and made moves to be genuinely happy!

My brand?

Well, I feel as though I’m aiming to focus on what makes me happy and run with it. I don’t want to be someone I’m not in this industry, trying to compete for the ideal client that will pay me thousands of dollars per session to photograph something special. Instead, my brand represents myself and my interests, which include traveling, my Harley, my dog and focusing on PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). With these passions, I plan on attracting my ideal client by sharing similar interests and in turn, creating memorable and meaningful relationships with them outside of photography!

 As far as the word “success” goes, simply creating amazing and meaningful relationships through this business means more than anything. My definition of “happiness” is doing what you love all the time with the people you love most! Making people feel good makes ME feel good!

What sets me apart from other photographers? Well, A LOT! I studied photography and through this business, I’ve discovered that a lot of photographers are self-taught! Not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m just different! I feel I have a trained eye that it takes to be a professional photographer and am able to capture moments that some artists/photographers take for granted. Although I’ve studied the art of photography, I tend to lean more towards the “avant garde” style of it all. (Avant Garde meaning “new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them”)

Last week, I had an opportunity (a break in the weather) to snag some headshots that represent my “brand”…but let’s be honest. We’ll save most of them for my next blog! For now, here’s a little snippet of "professional me"!

The Babics Family | October 21, 2017

Happiest of Mondays to you all! I’ve had the most invigorating and rewarding month as a business owner..,and to top it off, it’s my first since I’ve started my business in July of 2016!  I hope your October has been as equally humbling and busy as mine!

Over the past few weeks, I have had top sales in photography amongst juggling two other jobs, one of them being new! I started working for a sushi restaurant and LOVE it! I’m embracing all of the new and challenging things coming my way, truly! 

On Saturday, October 21st, I had the pleasure working with my NEW and FABULOUS clients, The Babics Family! I met Derica (A Mom of two girls!) at Harmon’s Pub in Canton, OH (my hometown) on the 18th and she was eager to get family photos without going to JCPenny. She mentioned she had been going there for years and was looking for a somewhat more memorable and fun experience with her family. I told her I was a photographer and she never hesitated once! She hired me right there on the spot!

I arrived at Derica and Joe’s beautiful home in Perry Township around noon and we spent a good hour outside of their home giggling, smiling and having a great time. I am so grateful I met them and hope to work with them again because it was TOO much fun! They were genuine, sincere and accepting of me coming to their home to capture them in their natural environment. (Us photographers call that a lifestyle session!) I loved that each of them wore what they felt comfortable in and that represented them best, while also coordinating perfectly! Can’t wait to work with them again!

Hope you all enjoy the images and have a great rest of the week!

Jonah and Gina | PRIDE Week!

In honor of pride week, I'm featuring one of my favorite couples this week, J and Gina

Let me just go ahead and brag about these two right here! They’ve been clients of mine since their elopement in 2016 and have been returning clients/friends ever since. I have grown fond of the two of them and their strength as a couple. I’m hoping that by sharing their story, we can inspire friends, family, loved ones and even strangers to be themselves and embrace who they are and their feelings!

1)   Where did you two first meet?!

We first met in January 2012.  I was a undergraduate social work student doing a month long internship and he was a masters level social work student doing his practicum. We were both interning at the agency that we now work for! At the time he went by Elizabeth and presented as female. He says that he immediately had a crush on me. I was not out yet out as pansexual so I immediately felt a connection but could not identify what it was. In fall of 2014, Jonah was working at the same agency and then I came back to intern again as a masters social work student at OSU. We started to spend a lot of time together in the spring of 2015 and began dating June 10, shortly after my internship ended. :)

2)   How long were you engaged?

About a month or so after we started dating we both knew that this was the person we wanted to marry. I never believed it was possible to feel this way so early into a relationship but we had been friends for a while and all I can say is we just knew. Jonah proposed in November 2016 but we kept our engagement a secret because I was still processing coming out. We got eloped on March 1 2016 so we were engaged for four months. 

3)   Is there a significance to your wedding date?

 No significance necessarily in the date. We knew we wanted to be married for a while and so we decided on February 29 that we would get eloped the next day! We spoke to our wonderful officiant Windi from Run to an Elopement at 6 PM the day prior and talked with Whitney about photographing our wedding at 8 PM the day prior. It was an elopement in every sense of the word. :) But we were in love and just so badly wanted to be married. Our day was beautiful largely thanks to Windi and Whitney. We treasure Whitney's photographs and not a day goes by where I don't look at them again!

4)   When did Jonah start going through his transformation?

Jonah started talking about transitioning to male shortly before we got married. He was not sure he wanted to complete a full transition but was interested in looking into changing his appearance to more closely match the way he felt on the inside that he should look. Shortly after we were married he decided to complete a full transition to male. At this point he is out to all of our family and friends. He is current at military training in Texas but shortly after he returns he will begin testosterone!

5)   Could you share some fears/bumps along the road for you two along the way?!

I would say that coming out for me as pansexual was definitely a challenge we faced in our relationship. When you come out, you deal with a lot of internalized shame that you did not realize was there about your sexuality. I would also say that Jonah's transition has been not necessarily a challenge but definitely a big change. When you fight so long for acceptance and for the right to marry your same sex partner, it's weird to have a transition cause you to present as a "straight" couple to the world. Although both of our coming out processes have been hard at times, we have also grown stronger together through this. Coming out is both a beautiful and tough journey and getting the privilege to go through this together has been amazing. It has been so incredible for me to be there for Jonah's transition and see him slowly become the person he is meant to be. 

6)   What’s the best thing about being married?

Sharing our lives together is such an amazing part of being married. Getting to go through life and experience the ups and downs with Jonah has been amazing! This has definitely been the best year of my life. 

On March 1, 2016, I photographed Elizabeth and Gina at Goodale Park in Columbus on their wedding day. Roughly 6 months later, I received an email from the two of them asking if I could update their images, as Elizabeth was going through a transformation and wanted present images of them. I eagerly obliged! Here we are, almost a year later, including them in a styled shoot that Kristin from 614 Weddings, Windi from Run to an Elopement and myself have been organizing for months!

I wanted to share their story because it’s empowering. Love is love and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of their love story! Cheers!