"In Fine Fashion:
by Darren White '07
from The TCU Magazine
Dixie Dixon '07 is probably shooting a photograph right now.
The 24-year-old Houston-raised, Dallas-based fashion photographer started her own business, Dixie Dixon Photography, in May 2006.
Her client list boasts a mix of high-profile names, including country music star Jack Ingram, and up-and-coming local businesses, like Darian Thomas Designs and Billy Jealousy.
She regularly travels to New York and Los Angeles for shoots, and in July,Dixon was a guest photographer on “Doheny Models,” a reality show slated to hit television in fall 2009.
"I've always had that 'fire in your belly syndrome' as [Neeley Entrepreneurship Center William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence] David Minor calls it," Dixon says.
Her peers are taking notice as well. In 2007, Dixon won the Hy Sheanin Emerging Photographer of the Year from Wedding & Portrait Photographers International. Her work has also been published in Rangefinder, a professional photography magazine.
Dixon says the business lessons she learned, as well as the relationships she made, while earning a degree in entrepreneurial management at TCU aided her quick rise in the photography world. For Dixon, doing good business is crucial; she spends hours each week following up with clients, sending them mini-portfolios and thank-you notes, the latter a lesson she learned from Minor, who she says was one of her favorite professors at TCU.
"I'm an artist first, but the business side of photography is everything," Dixon says. "You can take beautiful photos, but you have to sell them to make a living in photography." — DW
For more: www.dixiedixon.com"