April 11, 2018
Meet Amy, natural light portrait and wedding photographer located in Vancouver, BC. It started 3 years ago when her photography journey began. She was uncertain where it would lead, but knew that all she wanted was to tell stories which had purpose and provide the people involved something of great personal value.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
Right before my daughter, Aliyana, arrived, I worked in fashion branding for a local Vancouver retailer. Before that, I was pacing the halls of an ad agency. I initially picked up my camera to snap photos of my dog and to document my travels, but my passion for photography quickly evolved into a love for capturing people and moments. I was inspired to start my business because I realized I wanted a creative outlet where I can be my own art director and have amazing couples around the world trust the work that I do. I couldn't trade this feeling with anything in the world!
WHAT IS A STRUGGLE YOU'VE EXPERIENCED DURING THIS JOURNEY?
Any women out there trying to start a family and a business (of your dreams) at the same time?
I was year two into my growing business when I found out I was pregnant in early April. The “oh sh!T” immediately filtered into my head because couples usually book you a year in advance and I have all these second shooting jobs lined up for the summer. One thing I knew was that I didn’t want being pregnant to be seen as a limitation or define me that summer. I honestly didn’t want people to treat me differently so I didn’t tell anyone about my pregnancy until almost all of my weddings were completed. I worked long hours all summer - in heat waves, in rain storms and everything in between. In the end, I’m so glad I powered through because I realized at the end that the struggle was really me putting extra pressure on myself.
HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THIS STRUGGLE? OR ARE YOU STILL WORKING ON IT?
As long as you’re doing great work, no one will care how you’re doing it even if it includes a constant balancing act and showing up to meetings with a little bit of baby spit up on your shirt (sometimes). Being a mom and owning my business is absolutely amazing and I’m so happy I get to do something I love while still being able to be present for Aliyana. Having a baby doesn’t change you, unless you allow it to. I actually think it makes you stronger and more strategic.
WHAT IS THE GREATEST LESSON THAT YOU'D SHARE TO SOMEONE WHO IS STARTING THEIR BUSINESS?
Trust the process, everything will always work out!
Facebook: Amy Teixeira PhotographyInstagram: @amyteixeira
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