1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to quotes. I have quotes tattooed all over my body, all the wall art in my home is quotes from favorite authors/philosophers, and I have several journals full of quotes that I've seen and written down over the past ten years. It's amazing to see something in print that you thought was a feeling unique to you and your situation. But it gives me hope through a lot of season of life when I see others have been here, too, and survived.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passion is obviously photography. It is quite literally my life and it's all I've done over the past ten years. I also enjoy the occasional Netflix binge, driving around to location scout (because few things are as critical as good locations), and reading. I've amassed quite the collection of books over the past few years and I'm trying to work my way through my personal library. My life is a whole lot of sitting on the couch editing and loving on my dog. Exciting, right?
3. What are your goals for the future?
I like to separate my personal and business goals because I feel like they're vastly different ventures. My personal five-year goal is to become a homeowner. You realize more and more as you get older that your life has to change to keep up with who you are becoming, and that seems like my logical next step. My professional goals include continuing to build a respected brand in my market, pick up a few more editorial clients to fill out some of my time during the week and give myself a break from wedding photography, and move more into mentoring new business owners on how to get to where they want to be. There are so many actionable steps you can take in the very beginning to set yourself up for big-time success, but no one thinks to do them.
4. What is your definition of success?
I used to think my idea of success was being a big name in the industry; that national recognition, working all over the country, etc.. and then I got a small taste of that for a year and it was the most miserable year of my career. It's easy to lose sight of what success actually means to you and it's easy to derail all of your progress by chasing the wrong things. The likes, the followers, the features -- they're great -- but they're not substantial enough to build on. Success, to me, is providing content that is true to who I'm working with. If someone can look at a photo I've taken, feel something, and be able to say "that photo fits them perfectly," then I'll consider myself a success.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
I'm about to do a big push to get back into the editorial side of shooting and a little less on weddings, so I'll be working on some collaborations with some stylists I love to shoot some fashion. I'm also in the middle of working on a submission for a project on male vulnerability, so shooting for that has been super eye opening. I've been blessed to work with some incredible dudes that have trusted me and believed enough in what I'm creating to help me. I'm hoping to finish up the last few portions of that and submit it by the end of the summer.
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