I've loved photography since I was a kid. I started with disposable cameras, bought my first digital point-and-shoot back in college, and started really getting my feet wet in 2012 when I bought a DSLR and thought that made me a photographer. Spoiler Alert: IT DID NOT.

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In 2013 I left my marketing job and took off on a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia and had my camera attached to my hand. I got lucky and nailed a few shots that were used by other people- so that cemented in my head that maybe I really was a photographer. Spoiler Alert #2: I WAS NOT. 

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After falling in love with a really cute boy, I moved to Okinawa, Japan in 2014. For a while, I dabbled in family photography because it perfectly combined my love of kids with my love of creating art. For the first year in Japan, I was busy working as a website manager for an English tourism site and realized just how much work it took for people to really make a living as a photographer, so photography just remained my part-time side hustle UNTIL ... I went to India.

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In 2016, I spent six weeks in India doing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course, (because I was planning to come back to Japan with two side hustles: a photographer and a yoga teacher) It wasn't until the fifth or sixth time that I begged out of dinner to host a sunset photo shoot that someone finally said, "It's so much fun to watch you do what you love." I was surprised. We were all here because we loved yoga and wanted to teach it. "You mean yoga, right?" I asked her. "Well, no- I actually meant photography." I couldn't get that out of my head for the rest of the trip. When I returned to Japan in April I decided that it was time to quit making excuses, so I ditched everything else and turned my photography side-hustle into a business.

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In 2017 my husband, Dane and I moved from Japan to Spokane, and decided that I would not only keep working in photography full time, but that we would buy a house specifically with studio space in mind. That led to us filming an episode of HGTV's House Hunters (which was a bit surreal) and after months of searching finally found the perfect space to open Mindy Arnholt Photography (and to launch into a full home renovation), in the Indian Trail area of Spokane. 

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