Much of what I like about working with and around entrepreneurs is all of the diverse interests we share and choose to turn into careers that suit our lifestyles.
I reached out to a couple photographer friends of mine (more to come) because I’m starting a new weekly here called Foto Friday. Photography is a cool industry; I wish I had the skill! If I did, I would be all over it.
Hopefully, the images each Friday will be inspiring, bringing some new ideas for your blog or business, or both. Let this be a reminder that you can build a business around a passion – something that you love to do, study, practice, think about, talk about, etc.
If you’re going to be an entrepreneur, at least choose a career path that comes from your heart!
Foto Friday Image of the Week
Introducing Photographer Jennylynn Adleta
Jennylynn is a friend of mine, from college – we met in 1998 which seems like ancient history. Now she’s married with two adorable stepchildren and a new photography business. I wish her success and happiness in this new path!
She’s listed as a contributor so please either welcome her there or here in the comments!
It was almost three years ago that I traded in working with thousands of college students in Higher Education to marry a spiky haired hottie and be a stay at home stepmother to two amazing little people.
When I married my husband, I walked away from an established position and relocated to an area that did not have many opportunities in my field. I tried several other career paths I had been interested in and nothing seemed to be a good fit. I desperately wanted to feel connected with people and had too much creative energy to just sit at home and clean a house all day!
My husband and I started making financial plans to get out of debt with the help of several of Dave Ramsey’s resources. One thing Dave mentions often is that the ‘best investment is in yourself.’ I had always ‘played around’ with photography and enjoyed doing pictures for people here or there with my limited knowledge and resources… and still I would always receive compliments that pushed me towards the photography field.
With no other job opportunities at the moment, I stuck my toe in the water. I start taking a few classes to fine tune my limited knowledge and I instantly knew that THIS is what I want to invest my time and energy into doing! My husband has been extremely supportive and together we have managed to invest in several key areas of a photography business – new cameras, lenses, editing software, backdrops, studio equipment, lighting, website, licensing, marketing… the list goes on and on…
We both are realistic that it will take years to build up a solid client base before we really see any revenue from ‘Adleta Images’. And that’s ok! I am all about being diligent in each step of this ‘building a busines’ process rather than just throwing myself into something I know very little about! I didn’t just want to be another mom with a nice camera who liked to stalk her kids. I really want to invest in every detail, produce quality images and build a sustainable business with reasonable expectations.
Remember, the best investment you can make is in yourself! Jobs are disposable. They come and go. Companies downsize. People move. A skill or talent of your own that you can fine tune is priceless and will always be with you no matter where you go! So here’s to living out dreams I didn’t even realize I had… here we go!
About Adleta Images
Adleta Images, LLC is a professional photography service serving Chester, Lancaster, Berks, NJ, DE and other surrounding counties. Photographer, Jennylynn Adleta, has bounced around the amateur scene for over 9 years. She currently specializes in newborn, children’s, family portraits and group photography. She also specializes in engagement, couples and baby bump sessions with hopes of expanding onto the wedding scene in the near future.
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