“Please move a little to the left. Ok, chin up. Good job, now give me some pizzazz!” These are the directions given to her clients, (children and adults) who have the pleasure of being in front of her lens.
This 10-year-old phenomenal photographer picked up the camera for the very first time at 3 years old and hasn’t put it down since. At 7 years old, after watching her mother start a business, she decided she wanted to start a business as well. When we asked Madison, “why photography?” She responded, “I watched my mom’s friend take pictures of my grandmother; when I saw how my grandmother reacted to seeing her photos, I knew right away that I wanted to create that moment for other people.”
When Madison first started, she focused mainly on creating special moments for little girls and their dolls. She says that as a little girl herself, she loved taking pictures with her dolls and she wanted other little girls to experience that as well.”
While Madison still focuses on photographing children, she’s become quite the accomplished celebrity photographer. She’s interviewed, photographed and taken selfies with Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes and John Legend among others. While this seems like an amazing accomplishment, it all came to be when she followed her dream to photograph the President of the United States.
Shortly after starting her business, Madison used the hashtag, #HELPMadisonMeetPOTUS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Every time she posted on social media, she included the hashtag hoping that it would catch the eye of someone at the White House. It wasn’t until almost two years after creating the hashtag campaign did she receive a private invitation via Twitter to attend the United State of Women summit hosted by Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Madison says that was the longest 2 years of her life but she literally had to pinch herself when her mother showed her the email that approved her for White House Press Pool Media Credentials. “I screamed so loud! I just couldn’t believe it”, says Madison.
Madison Harrison Interview
The Lyfe: Who is Madison?
Madison: I am a 10-year-old little girl who loves to have fun, talk on the phone with my friends and use my imagination to be creative.
The Lyfe: What’s your favorite color?
Madison: Hot Pink!
The Lyfe: What do you do for fun?
Madison: I love writing. I like history. I love designing homes in Sims Free Play.
The Lyfe: How did you get into photography?
Madison: I picked up the camera at my 3rd birthday party to ‘capture memories’.
The Lyfe: Why photography and not something else?
Madison: I love seeing God’s world through my lens.
The Lyfe: How did you feel when you got your first camera?
Madison: I started taking pictures with my mother’s camera. My grandma bought me my first Nikon camera when I was invited to photograph President Barack Obama. It made me feel good, like a real professional.
The Lyfe: Who was the most fun to photograph?
Madison: I love photographing children. I do a lot of headshots for child models and it’s so much fun. After we shoot, we play!
The Lyfe: Who was the most interesting to interview and why?
Madison: Interviewing Tyler Perry was most interesting because while I was interviewing him, he started to talk like Madea.
The Lyfe: What was your first thought when you met Oprah Winfrey?
Madison: I couldn’t even believe it! I was so excited!
The Lyfe: Madison, I’m a curious something, something-year-old. Is Steve Harvey as tall as he looks on T.V.?
Madison: Yes. He is very tall.
The Lyfe: I loved your dress you wore on the red carpet. Did you pick that out or your mom?
Madison: Thank you. My mom picked out my dress.
The Lyfe: What made you think you could start your own business at such a young age?
Madison: When my mom started her own event design business, she inspired me to want to start a business, too. I didn’t know what I wanted to do until I saw my mom’s friend photographing my grandma. When my grandma saw her pictures, I thought, “I want to make little girls feel like that too”.
The Lyfe: Where does that belief come from?
Madison: My mom and dad always told me that I could do anything! They taught me that with God, all things are possible. I believe them.
The Lyfe: Do you think you’re a normal 10yr old?
Madison: Yes. I am a very normal 10-year-old.
The Lyfe: Why do you think God choose you?
Madison: I think God chooses all of us. He gives us all gifts & special talents. It’s up to us to use them to bless other people.
The Lyfe: What do you want people to FEEL when they hear your name?
Madison: I want them to feel inspired.
The Lyfe: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
Madison: When I grow up, I want to be a movie director and own my own movie studio like Mr. Tyler Perry and Ms. Oprah Winfrey.
The Lyfe: What are you most grateful for?
Madison: I am grateful for my parents who love me and support me in everything I do.
The Lyfe: What is your message to other kids your age who are thinking about starting their own business?
Madison: Don’t wait. Do it. Don’t let anything stop you!