Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Joy Henderson, Founder of For Joy Photography, located in Houston, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My name is Joy, and I'm a wedding photographer based in Houston. I serve fun couples that want to cherish the moments they have with family and friends but also love to party. My style is classic, bright, and true to color. I'm the girl that will capture the moment without taking from it.
Tell us about yourself
I originally bought my first DSLR camera to record YouTube videos. After a while, I decided to really learn my camera and began setting up free photoshoots so I could practice more. I did about a solid year of that before I was asked to help photograph my first wedding. Eventually, I realized how much I enjoyed meeting couples, hearing their love stories, and dancing at their receptions. I love being in a room full of good vibes and joyful emotions. It's an honor to be the person that wraps that up in a pretty package and gives that back to people.
Honestly, I think that motivation is a myth. I made a decision one-day several years ago that I was going to create a business and stick with it. No matter how hard or scary it gets. Each and every day, I decided to keep going. Even when I'm tired or unsure of myself. I'm blessed and grateful to be doing something that I enjoy while actually making a living from it.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
If you would've asked me ten years ago where I'd be today, I'd probably tell you that I'd still be at my desk saving you 15% on your car insurance. Creating, owning, and growing a business from an idea is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. The fact that I'm still here and my business continues to provide me with a lifestyle where I'm self-sufficient is an unmatched achievement for me.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Continuing to find balance is one of my biggest struggles. I'm a mother of three, including one with a very serious medical condition. I also homeschool, so I feel like I'm always working in one way or another. Sometimes, it's difficult to just slow down and make sure that I'm taken care of. Even though I'm a business owner, I'm just one person, and I constantly have to remind myself that it's okay to play as hard as I work.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
You don't have to do the same things that everyone else is doing in order to be successful. Invest in your business. You are enough.
Where can people find you and your business?
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