It's time for another week of our “Mom Behind the Business” series featuring local MOM business owners! We're bringing a new Mom Business Owner to the table for a little Q&A to gain some insight into her business and the advice she can pass on to other mamas.
This week we interviewed Hillary Gamble - the insanely talented mama behind Je Vois Photography in Homewood, AL. Hillary has such a unique eye for photography and loves capturing people in their real settings - we can't wait for you to see her work!
What is your business?
My business, Je Vois Photography is largely a wedding and lifestyle photography studio.
How did you get started?
I started taking pictures with my grandfather's Nikon film camera in high school. He was so complimentary and encouraging about my abilities that I eventually bought my own camera. I still never learned how to use it manually until I had my first child. I finally took photography classes so that I could take her pictures myself instead of paying someone else. It became an obsession to make sure I captured moments that were so precious and so fleeting. Eventually it became something I offered to other people as well!
Why do you do it?
I guess the way I got started is also the answer to why I do it... life seems to be picking up speed and I don't want to forget all the wonderful moments and connections and emotions and milestones. Photographs can be like your own little journal of life and I want to help people preserve the parts they love.
What are your most inspiring/motivating moments in business?
MOSTLY photographers get to capture people's BEST days and moments. I have captured some sad ones too, and they're possibly even more important. But the honor of being allowed to be a part of people's most special times is the biggest reward in my job. That people would trust me to preserve that time for them and even let me be a little part of it is a huge motivator.
One piece of advice for moms starting a business?
Moms starting a business- set boundaries. set aside time (I have to write it down) to work and time to play. When your office is also your house, it's easy to feel like you are supposed to be available at all times. Chances are there are other needs in your life besides your business- make those important too.
Anything else you want us to know?
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