Tell us your bold boss story!
My youngest son was two months old when I shot my third wedding. Being completely self-taught, I was still nervous as anyone could be, but my driving force of a deep desire to create a business for myself kept me smiling and showing up. I had graduated with a bachelors degree in Criminology & Counseling that I ended up not using due to demanding hours and small children at home, but still needed to make an income. I built my way up slowly by taking weddings of friends to build a portfolio, upgrading my gear little by little until I had a completely professional set, and bartering services with graphic designers to have beautiful brochures and literature to pass to potential clients. I see other photographers in my profession that were lucky enough to figure their love of photography out before they went to college so that they could study it at a university, and often end up comparing myself to them. I have to keep reminding myself that their story and my story are vastly different. No one in this business starts out the same, educates the same, trains the same, markets the same...but we all end up with beautiful portfolios and clients that love us. This is what keeps me going and fuels my inspiration to persevere through the hard times, and it makes the euphoric triumphs completely worth it.
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!
I feel that I have a Bold Boss Moment every time I shoot a wedding! A wedding is a day of extreme emotions, and my brides can go from feeling elated to overwhelmed in a matter of minutes! I'm glad that I have a BA with a background in counseling, because it has actually been very useful when helping a bride calm down before she starts panicking. I feel that a lot of brides have so much going on during their day that they forget to do an emotional check before it gets too much, and having someone there (I usually step in!) to step out and say "you need to take a break" on her big day. I've had so many brides that thank me for stopping their escalating emotions to take a break before it got to tears. I'm happy to help that way--a wedding day is meant to be enjoyed!
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?
I'd love for other business owners and Bold Bosses to know that non-traditional ways of conducting business can be your best asset! I've had past brides recommend me to their friends because not only did they love how their photos turned out, but because they liked spending time with me. They have told me they were relieved to have someone that they could count on during a very emotional day. Having a completely different background in another field can be an immense advantage to a new career that may not even be on your radar when you get started. Relax and trust the process, you know your strengths and will be able to draw from them when the time comes for them!