Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography and cinematography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Bryson Allen, CEO and Founder of Moving Mountains Studios, located in Charlotte, NC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
We are a photography and cinematography studio that specializes in capturing the moments that matter most. From weddings and portraits to commercial and corporate events, we are dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional service and unforgettable photos and films.
Our team of talented photographers and cinematographers is passionate about telling a story. We believe that photography and cinematography are more than just capturing a moment, it's about telling a story through a unique and creative lens. We are committed to working with our clients to create images that not only capture their vision but also exceed their expectations.
Tell us about yourself
I fell in love with photography the first time I picked up a camera 6 years ago. I grew up being told that we weren't an artsy family, and then I discovered my love for an art form that lets me express myself in my own way. We built Moving Mountains to what it is today with $50 that I had when I was 21, a camera that was a gift, and a lot of hard work and help from many people along the way. I'm motivated by sharing the power that photos and films have to help reconnect people to what matters most, relationships.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My greatest accomplishment is that I have assembled a team alongside me that constantly provides more and more opportunities for talented creatives to share their gifts with the rest of mankind. I have trained up close to 100 shooters that have gone on to capture tens of thousands of people. Telling beautiful stories that remind people how precious moments truly are in our lives and help us to see just how special our loved ones are.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The hardest thing as a business owner is that there are very few people who truly understand. There are very few entrepreneurs that build a meaningful business that affects the lives of many people and also build it to a place where it is bigger than themselves. That is not an easy task, and it is not something that many people can relate to. When you become the person who has done something like this, you find it hard to build community in a space with like-minded individuals.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't do it unless you have a vision bigger than yourself.
- Don't do it unless you have a why that is incredibly strong and motivates you.
- Don't do it unless you are determined to be the best.
If you check all these items, great! You now have a vision that will one day bring you a team to help you accomplish your goals, a why that will never let you quit, and a belief system that the world deserves your best and nothing less.
Where can people find you and your business?
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