Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Anastasia Aranovich, Co-Founder of Anastasia Aranovich Photography, located in Sharon, MA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Anastasia Aranovich Photography is a full-service photo studio in Norwood, MA. We specialize in modern portraits for families, individuals, and businesses. We work with humans of all ages, starting from tiny newborns, so our clients are regular people who value great photography and want to preserve moments and their life stories through photos.
Tell us about yourself
I was interested in photography at an early age, and it runs in my family, but the real fascination came to me one day when I visited a friend who was developing black and white photos in a dark room and introduced me to that process. It seemed very magical to me back then, and it still is now. I think the magic of taking photos and then developing them (though now it's called editing them) is a process that I really love. And also know that the photos I take now have an impact not only in the present, when you need a good headshot to apply for a job, but years from now, perhaps when a grandchild sees her grandmother as a young girl. The photos stay with us to remind us of our past and experiences.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I think my biggest accomplishment so far has been getting a studio! I dreamed of having one a long time ago, and now my business partner and I have a beautiful space in an old mill with hardwood floors and a very tall ceiling. I am feeling really grateful to be able to work in a place like that.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
I don't think I will be very original in answering this question, but the hardest thing for me as a business owner is doing everything myself. You have to perform many roles, and even though I have delegated some tasks to other professionals in my field, I still have to be responsible for everything at the end of the day.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't give up when things aren't going as planned or when you feel it's not working out. If you really like what you are doing, keep at it. It takes a lot of work and dedication! A lot more than any other 9 to 5 job.
- Talk to other entrepreneurs in your field, talk to friends, ask questions, and maybe take some business classes.
- Give yourself days off periodically. If you don't do that, no one else will because you are the boss. And spending some time away from your business will rejuvenate you and help prevent burnout.
Where can people find you and your business?
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