Creative Business: be still CREATIVE

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the most creative photographers that I have ever met.  She took a big leap and quit her day job to follow her dream to have her own photography business called

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Check out the interview below to find out what inspired her to start her creative business, advise to others who wish to start a creative business and other interesting tidbits.

LBS: How did you get into photography?

BSC: I have always liked taking pictures. I bought my first dslr camera about 5 years ago. The rest is history!

LBS: What is your favorite part about your job?

BSC: Capturing memories that will last lifetimes is a truly amazing feeling! I love that part!

LBS: Do you prefer certain photo sessions over others such as wedding, senior pictures, boudoir, etc?

BSC: Boudoir sessions are my favorite with couples / wedding in close second. Photographing people in love and empowering women to feel sexy and love themselves are my passions!

LBS: If you could give any advice to someone wanting to start a creative business, what would it be?

BSC: Creative businesses have to come from the soul.. The day I realized this I jumped in full force. You get out what you put in!

LBS: What inspired you to start your own creative business?

BSC: Freedom.. I had so much creativity and drive bottled up. I was miserable working at the bank.

LBS: Did you find any surprises in transitioning from working for someone else to having your own business?

BSC: Yes.. It was hard! Time management and getting used to scattered pay checks was really tough at first.

LBS: Now looking back on it, is there anything that you would do differently when creating your business?

BSC: The only thing I think I would change is doing it sooner! I was so scared so I didnt take the jump until I was unbearably miserable! That was not cool lol

LBS: How did you transition from working a normal 9-to-5 with someone else to having your own business and working for yourself full-time?

BSC: SLOW! It took me over 3 years to make the jump.. I went from full time to part time to finally quitting the bank!

LBS: What has surprised you about running your own business?

BSC: The fact that taking pictures is only about 25% of my job! 75% of running a business is back end work like editing, marketing, advertising, accounting, etc… BORING STUFF!!!!

LBS: Now that you do photography as your business, do you still enjoy it as much as when it was your hobby?

BSC: Yes.. because like I said in the last question its really only a small part of my business… When I am behind my lens that is my time! That is my zone!

LBS: How do you stay inspired?

BSC: I try to set up sessions for myself! If I am feeling blahhh about my work I will create a vision and find models and shoot it. I call them passion projects! I also will get lost in social media and the internet for inspiration. I follow a few photographers that I admire and go to for inspiration when needed!

LBS: What are some of the negatives to having your own business?

BSC: Its doesnt shut down. a 9-5 job ends at 5. My cell phone is with me 100% and I get emails and messages at all different times and days. I am my business so it is always there with me . Which is sometimes a curse!

I hope you enjoyed the interview with Jessica Clutter of be still CREATIVE.  If you wish to get in contact with Jessica, you can find her at bestillcreative.com

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Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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One thought on “Creative Business: be still CREATIVE

  1. Lisa Salser says:

    Both u and Jessica are creative and not afraid to shoot past the traditional lines. That is what makes both of your works edgy, spontaneous and timeless. Cute is simply boring. I love your dynamite enthusiasms that get splattered into the final product.

    Keep on my friends,
    Lisa

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