Business Name: Colleen McKenzie Photography
Location: Cottage Grove, MN
Owner: Colleen McKenzie
Opened for Business: 2004
Briefly describe your business and what do you do.
“I specialize in portraits of all kinds – high school seniors, family and kids, newborns and more! I keep my pricing affordable and try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling, location shoots and studio sittings."
When did you start your business?
“I've been married for 30 years and have four fantastic kids. I've always loved photography and had a camera with me no matter where I went. My "hobby" turned into a business 15 years ago when I added a studio onto my home. I'm sure my family loved that idea so I could finally leave them alone and start taking photos of other people! Now they only have to do one session a year for me.”
How many employees do you have?
“I am a sole proprietor."
Where is your business located?
“My studio is located at my home in Cottage Grove, MN. When my business started to grow, we added an upper level to our house to provide the added space and homey feel that makes clients comfortable during our photo shoots.”
What differentiates you from your competitors?
“I am a real people person. I get excited for every session that I have. I have met so many wonderful people along the way. I say people come into my studio as a customer and leave as a friend. I enjoy chatting with them about capturing their special memories and truly making it a great experience so they will refer their family and friends and think of me when the need for additional photography work arises.”
Why did you choose Ideal Credit Union for your business needs?
“I never considered going anywhere else for my financial needs. My husband Bob has been a member of the credit union since 1986. After we got married, I opened a personal checking and savings of my own. I opened my business account at Ideal in 2006. I love the personal service and warm welcome I receive every time I go to the Woodbury branch.”
What business services do you use?
“I have a Simply Business Checking account and Business Cash & Check debit card.”
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