What's your name?
Share the kind of work you do.
I am a professional wedding photographer and aspiring editor for a magazine I founded called Dearly Magazine. I have been a wedding photographer for the last nine years and have recently delved into film photography. Some of my work has been published on national wedding blogs and The Brides of Oklahoma Magazine. Last July I started the process of building content for a women’s magazine that encourages women to live impactful fulfilling lives.
What's the biggest thing you've had to overcome to be successful in your work?
The fear of failure and the unknown. It’s difficult to take that first leap of faith into unfamiliar waters but I can honestly say that it is well worth the risk. The more you trust the more confident you become as you gain more experience in your trade.
What's the biggest way your work has changed since you started it?
As a photographer, I would say my work has changed immensely. I love film photography and the texture and artistic character it brings to a photo. I shot digital photography for years and now I am purely a hybrid photographer shooting mostly film.
My work has also changed as I have photographed editorials and interviewed people. I am learning to be an editor of a magazine and diving into creative writing, a talent I once practiced mostly through writing poetry as a teenager.
What have you found you must be consistent in to do your best work?
I have found that I must be consistent in pushing myself to keep being creative by positively critiquing my work and challenging myself to never be complacent.
What do you to keep learning how to do your work better?
I am always looking for ways to improve my composition in my photos, my understanding of how I see light and use it to my advantage. As an editor, I am constantly challenging myself to think bigger and creatively when it comes to the style, writing content, imagery and flow of the magazine.
If you were magically given three more hours in a day, how would you spend them?
I would spend them by being even more productive when it comes to finding content for the magazine and exploring new avenues of ways to reach and encourage women on this journey we call life.
Who do you surround yourself with to do your best work?
I make sure to surround myself with friends and family who will support and lift me up. People who are honest and will help me become my best self. Attitude and the atmosphere you choose to be a part of will affect how successful you’ll be in your life.
What's the worst and best part of your current work?
The worst part is learning how to juggle being an entrepreneur and a mom. I love my work and I love my children. I want to be successful with the ambitions I am pursuing but also bring success to my family life. They are just as important to me as the dreams I pursue. I would say the best part is finding that I really enjoy learning how to be an editor and chasing stories. It’s been amazing getting to rediscover my love for the written word and seeing another creative side of me emerge.
How do you measure your progress?
I would say I measure my progress as I go. I try not to look too far ahead because I will find myself being unsatisfied or discontent. Running a magazine is a huge commitment. It takes time to build one issue and so I want to take careful consideration at the work I am piecing together to create a great magazine.
What's your favorite tool or piece of technology you use for work?
That’s easy! My Film Camera. One of my favorite parts of running this magazine is the fact that I still get the opportunity to photograph people and find the art in editorial photography. It’s been amazing getting to see an editorial that I have dreamt in my head come to life through shooting images.
What's one piece of advice you wish someone would have given you before you started this job?
The one piece of advice I would give when it comes to being an entrepreneur is to never place your value or worth in your work. You’ll find yourself being discontent and constantly comparing your success to those around you. You are your own person and you are more than your occupation.
Favorite book or podcast right now?
My favorite book at the time would probably be Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere.
Name another woman you admire in your line of work.
I really admire Julie Paisley of Julie Paisley Photography. She is all about building community and helping other photographers grow and find success. As an editor, I really admire how Katie O. Selvidge of Cottage Hill Magazine is helping other entrepreneurs find their voice and calling.