Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lawrence Salley, owner of Chapter 8 Studio, LLC, located in Belleville, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I'm a marketing and branding-based photographer, passionate about transforming lives and businesses through the power of visual storytelling. By leveraging the proven power of photography, I help entrepreneurs, small business owners, and creatives revolutionize their brand image, communicate their messages effectively, and increase engagement with target audiences.

Tell us about yourself

Not graduating from college led me to question who I was, my worth, and how I contributed to society. I realized I was seeing myself from a broken lens. Once I surrounded myself with the right people, I began to see myself from a true perspective. Confidence, Self-Love, and Empowerment rise when you see from that healed lens. I want to help people see themselves from a true perspective and empower them to envision the change they desire. 10+ years of photography experience has taught me how to capture people in their most authentic moments--both visually and emotionally. It is my mission to use my platform to shift the way we see ourselves so that we can all begin living our most empowered lives.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

One of my biggest accomplishments as a business owner is being able to pivot and evolve under economic hardship. There are times when it is much easier to give up and move on to the next, but I am grateful that I have been challenged to adjust so that the business survives.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is taking time to celebrate every milestone.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Find a Community.
  2. Learn to Collaborate.
  3. Invest in the RIGHT mindset!

Where can people find you and your business?


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