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Tell me about starting your business. Why did you start it?

I was raised by entrepreneur parents so I was able to see first hand what being an entrepreneur was like. My parents saw that I was very interested in business and photography at the time so my dad let me go to business meetings with him, work trips, and learn from his office staff. By time I graduated a year early my dad knew enough about business to inform me I should go down and get my business license. From there my parents purchased my second professional camera, lights, stands, and computer program to help get me started. I am so thankful to them for helping me off to a strong start. Since that strong start I have since grown the business into four. I own Snap Studio - Photo, video, DJ, photo booth
SnapJoy Studio - I co-own this incredible space with Bethany Lamb. It is for other photographers and videographers to come in, use the space, learn, grow, and be successful. 
WIAS - I co-own this business with Bethany Lamb. It is complete wedding facilitating.
BE - GRBB - This is a online and in-person networking group for entrepreneurs to come learn, connect, and grow as a person and their business.

What is  your role/job? What sort of responsibilities do you have?

There is a joke that I am the chaos coordinator. I mostly over see everything, do marketing for SnapJoy Studio, and ever so often I photograph beautiful people!

What is your typical day like?

I am a mom to a incredible three year old. We wake up together, get breakfast, I answer emails while she plays. Once emails are done I then wait for nap time when I can get back to work. On days where I have a photoshoot, event, or a meeting we start the day the very same way. Together eating breakfast and drinking copious amounts of coffee (me, not my three year old ha.)

What is the best thing about owning your own business?

The freedom to grow as much as I desire. The freedom to take care of my daughter or a friend on a whim. The freedom to do something with my life that not only brings me joy, but also makes a difference.

What is the hardest thing about owning your own business?

Trying to balance everything. I am getting there though!

How long did it take for your business to start making money?

To start making a living, about five years. I could have done it sooner, but it took me that long to figure everything out. I was working side jobs for years before finally believing in myself and just going for it!

What advice do you have for someone wanting to start a business? What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started?

Stop waiting for everything to be perfect! You are more capable than you realize. Start believing in yourself. Believe in your business. Seek advice from those who have gone before you and have shown success. Admit when you're wrong.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love meeting and connecting with people! All of my businesses allow me to meet some of the most amazing couples, creatives, and women in business. My favorite part of running BE - GRBB is helping others learn, grow, connect and be the best they can be!

What makes you so driven to help other women?

I love seeing others succeed. I love being able to connect others to resources that help them. You have one life. ONE. We are leaving this world to our children. I want to be able to help make some kind of difference. I believe there is a shift happening in the women entrepreneur world. One that isn't all about competing with one another. Rather one that works together as a community, for the better of everyone. That is the kind of community I personally want to be apart of, and the one I want to show my daughter. I want to show her what a strong woman is. I love getting to introduce her to these strong women in business who have worked their way up the ladder. The ones who faced challenges but made the choice to keep fighting for their dreams. The ones who have showed us anything is possible.