The Drive: What challenges have you overcome?
I think being self-employed and a creative person, there are challenges daily. Most of them come from within and challenging myself to bettering myself. It’s so important to me that I capture the most beautiful portraits I possibly can, as I can’t go back and make a baby a newborn again, or have them celebrate their first birthday again. These precious moments and milestones are so significant and fleeting, so ensuring I capture them in the best possible way is my main concern and challenge always.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
It can sometimes get lonely, and I put a lot of pressure on myself. Am I good enough, will I book enough shoots this month, are my clients happy? I am my business, so there is no room to blame others if things go wrong. Everything depends on me, I don’t get paid sick days or holiday pay. I miss out on staff functions and being in a social environment.
But on the flip side, I get to do the one thing I am so passionate about. Being a photographer is who I am, it’s in my soul. I value portraits so much and it makes me so incredibly proud to know that these beautiful portraits will exist forever. These amazing people that I meet and their beautiful families, will exist for all time. There are no limits to what I can do, I have no one to answer to and I do something everyday that I love with my whole being.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
There is always room for improvement when you’re an artist. I don’t think I will ever stop learning and setting new goals. I am constantly trying to better myself not only as a photographer but a business owner, mother and wife.
Ultimately I want to be able to share my skills with others and create an environment where I can teach others what I do and help enable them to reach their own photographic goals.