the female entrepreneur hubErica, 28, Las Vegas, USA – Erica Joy Photography

What kind of business do you run?

“Photography (Family, Boudoir, and Fantasy (princess, unicorn, etc.)”

 

When did you set up the business?

“2011”

 

How do you work the business around any commitments like family and friends, hobbies, other jobs?

“This has proven very difficult at times. When I first went into business I was a single woman living in NYC specializing in nightlife, an editorial model work. During this time it was easy to run a business with my main concentration building a following. As a mom, my concentration switched to baby/children/family mainly due to the fact that my daughter could join me for sessions 90% of the time. My now ex-husband wasn’t supportive at all so it was a constant struggle. He moved us around a bunch before leaving, each time I paved my own path to make my way to appointments and make extra money to prove a point. As a newly single mom to two little girls the obstacles are surprisingly less then I became accustomed to.”

 

Did you have any money to start the business?

“No, not a penny. The only thing I had was a camera my parents purchased me for school.”

 

Was it difficult to start? What was the biggest challenge? How did you overcome this?

“The business was very difficult to start. I definitely underestimated how difficult the business end of photography could be! The biggest challenge was finding my value, staying consistent, and finding clients. After 7 years I have found my style, showed confidence in my value, and simplified my business. It is still an ongoing process of learning and growing.”

 

Is it difficult to run now? What is the biggest challenge? How do you overcome this?

“Not as difficult as it was a year ago. The biggest challenge is remaining consistent for months at a time. I’m overcoming it by keeping off my website editor and reminding myself people are booking as is. I’ve also learned how to monopolize on particular holiday seasons and to advertise consistently during the off seasons.”

 

Do you ever struggle with self-doubt?

“Of course! I think we all do to an extent, but I remind myself of the plentiful moments of joy and worth I’ve experienced through my work the last 7 years. Looking back at old client albums, and staying in touch with clients always brings me back to a place of confidence.”

 

Any future plans for the business?

“Yes! I plan on expanding so I have the ability to travel for work.”

 

Would you do anything differently?

“If time allowed with my mom schedule I would have put myself out there more in the community/networking from the beginning.”

 

Any Advice for others wanting to start a business?

“Remain consistent and always remember your professional self-worth!”

 


Website – www.ericajoyphotography.com

Facebook – ericajoyphotography

Instagram – ericajoyphotography

Email – ericajoyphotography@outlook.com

 

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16 Comments

Toks · 21/04/2018 at 5:25 pm

Awesomeness

    Hannah Thornton · 21/04/2018 at 5:48 pm

    Erica is such an inspiration to other single mums out there who are wondering whether to take the plunge and start a business! She’s very awesome!!

Candy · 22/04/2018 at 9:15 pm

Sounds like you have it figured out. Takes time and honestly I couldn’t live in NY. Appreciate all the good advice.

justbusylovinglife · 22/04/2018 at 10:51 pm

I am so glad to hear you stuck with this even when it was difficult. Your pictures are amazing. I really love the unicorn picture!!

Holly Hood · 22/04/2018 at 10:59 pm

You show that it can be done, if we really want it. I love your portfolio of pictures that you shared. You look angelic pictured with your baby. Keep up the good work.

Batiste Ladonna · 22/04/2018 at 11:00 pm

Great interview totally awesome. Erica .is such an inspiration to other mother and women Entrepreneurs. I love the pic of the unicorn.

Kyla Matton Osborne · 23/04/2018 at 3:02 am

She is obviously super talented! The baby pics are just gorgeous. But I loved the cute touches in the horse pic, as well 🙂

Claudia H. Blanton · 23/04/2018 at 7:04 am

a very inspirational and insightful interview – thanks for sharing it – blessings!

tina grant · 23/04/2018 at 8:01 am

Kudos to Erica for pushing forward and believing in herself and her work. She is an inspiration to many. I wish her all the success in her career, I feel she will go far.

Elizabeth O · 23/04/2018 at 10:50 am

This was a great interview. Erica is definitely bossing mum and work life and her work is gorgeous! Such an inspiring read.

Yeah Lifestyle · 24/04/2018 at 1:09 pm

What a fabulous interview with such positive words of experience from Erica. What a wonderful story of her achievement as a photographer.

Blair Villanueva · 25/04/2018 at 3:35 am

She is very inspiring woman entrep. Speaking of boudoir photography, I haven’t tried one!
Congrats for this cool interview and for featuring her.

    Hannah Thornton · 25/04/2018 at 11:09 pm

    SHe’s amazing isn’t she, she certainly deserves her spot in the feature!

Nicole · 30/04/2018 at 4:26 pm

Erica, these are such lovely pictures! And what an inspirational journey you have had. I love that you persevered in spite of all the challenges you faced. Thanks for sharing your story.

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