Faithanna Olsson - Oklahoma Nomination by Emma Schweitzer Photography by Faithanna Olsson Issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Faithanna Olsson is an inspiring person because she has started a photography business from the ground up all while balancing family & friends, high school, & staying involved in serving at church & being a light & encouragement to other people.
Photography by Faithanna Olsson
How did you get your photography business started? I started asking friends if they would go places with me that I thought would make good photo backgrounds, just having fun (which I still do!) But people started really liking my photos, so I made a photography Instagram account and one day realized it was something I could use to make money. After that I made some business cards and started getting paid clients.
What was the biggest challenge and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge was becoming confident in my new title. People would either look to me for instruction or undermine my skill set. I had to learn how to be confident with both reactions and learn how to not only snap a photo but direct people.
What do you love most about photography? I’d say I have two favorite things in photography. I like showing people how beautiful they are the way that God made them. I also love capturing memories that people can look back on and show their kids one day. If you’re in Oklahoma, I’d love to do a shoot with you. You can find me on Instagram @folssonphotography. I have the lowest rates you’ll find and the most personal experience.
What do you love most about running your own business? I like the independence.
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What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My educational journey in its specifics, I'm doing 18 hours of college classes this fall. Also that I am a writer and want to get published soon in a magazine, and publish a book before college graduation.
That's awesome you are so far ahead of the game with school. Has covid helped or hindered that? How? As far as the school experience goes, covid has hindered. My first day of school last year was hectic, I showed up to class, but no one told me the class was online. I ran to the library to watch it on livestream, but I couldn’t hear anything. The online quality got better, but I prefer in-person learning. I am more focused that way. However, as much as I have a distaste for online school, I didn’t let it stop me from being one of the top three students in my university Comp 1 class at only sixteen.
What do you love to write most? My favorite thing to write is fiction writing, specifically the genre I write most is considered to be “romantic suspense”. I am currently co-authoring a book with one of my closest friends which I hope to publish before my college graduation. I have recently dabbled in devotional writing to hopefully be published by Proverbs 31 Ministries.
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If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I am very passionate about my faith, I am a Bible believing Christian. My faith ties into not only my name, but everything that I do. In speech class last year each speech I gave implemented the love of Christ in some way. I am working on writing devotional posts to hopefully be published with Proverbs 31 Ministries. In my photography I do not edit photos very much because I want my clients to find confidence in the way that God made them not a perfected computerized version.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? This will only resonate with people who have had my English teacher, but in my freshman year I was the only student in the entire school to get a perfect score on her test essay. How I accomplished it can be broken into three easy steps, letting the Holy Spirit guide me, reading a ton of Sparknotes and using big words.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? I’d say you need a lot of initiative and time management skills. Most importantly though trust God, I would have never seen myself here but thankfully I listened.
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I’d say I would be a graduate from Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing. Hopefully one published book, maybe a husband and maybe I’ll be doing an internship at The Daily Wire. That said I’m open to wherever the Lord leads me.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? Going to church and trying new ice cream places are two of my other favorite things.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I can tell you if a relationship will last or not, I have yet to be wrong in a prediction.
3 Things on your bucket list I would love to study abroad, I want to scuba dive; and this one is really shooting for the stars but it would be the coolest thing ever if a book I wrote got turned into a movie.
Look for Faithanna in issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!