What inspired you to start your business?
I was a high school English teacher who honestly felt I had no way out. I felt that I was being called to lead and do more, but I couldn’t figure out where I was being pulled. It was during a nature walk that I stopped and realized I had always looked at the world as a visual storybook, and I had the creative ability to bring these stories from my mental to reality, and thus, a true passion was born and I eagerly left my job to pursue this full time.
What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?
This is exactly what I would write to me, four years ago - It gets better than you can imagine. Yes, you will have to crawl, yes, you will feel the imposter effect. You will compare your work, your craft, you will make yourself think that your lack of business equals your failure. But none of these things matter. If you are not doing the heavy lifting of leaving an impact on every person you touch, then that is the even bigger issue. This world thrives on connection, and once you realize you need it just as much as others will need your skill set, craft, your “youness,” your business will take you places you never dreamed were possible. It is our duty as creatives to provide a safe space for stories to be told, legacies to begin, and voices to be heard, and if you’re in this industry, you have already been crafted yourself for this task, so embrace it, bring that energy to every session, meeting, event, wedding, whatever, and embrace your “youness.” People will praise your authenticity, and you will be immersed in a community that will have your back forever!
What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?
I am extremely passionate about politics, creating a better world for our children, the Earth - it matters. I enjoy volunteering with local and state agencies, and honestly, I’m passionate about my own story. We forget to pour into ourselves and our story, and as a newlywed, I don’t want to miss or take for granted moments with my husband, so I have made it a priority to give and go all in for our marriage, and that has helped strengthen our passion for the business and each other.
I also love leaning into other creatives and helping out via mentorship. Pulling someone up as you rise is seriously such a thrilling experience, and watching them bloom gives you chills!