Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shelly Tramposch, Founder of Posh Photography, located in Manchester, NH, USA.

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

Posh Photography is a boutique photography studio located in downtown Manchester, NH, that specializes in creating magazine-worthy and model-like photoshoots for high school seniors and everyday women of all ages. It's our goal to pamper and empower women so that when they leave our studio, they not only look and feel their best but are ready to take on the world!

Tell us about yourself

To tell you a little about me, I would say: If it sparkles and shines and has flowers, it's for me! I love fashion and color and people with a fun vibe and, of course, photography. A camera has always been a part of my life. The wonderful thing about photography is it has allowed me to remember my life in a way that only I can see, and that is what I work hard to do for my clients. If I can help others see the beauty that is in and all around them and see that in themselves shamelessly and soulfully, then I have spent my time well. Beauty is what we make it. It comes from inside us, and when we are able to help make a person feel more confident, special, and worthy of being seen and heard, that's when the magic happens.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment has to be that I'm doing it! Owning my own business and running a studio has always been a dream of mine, and now I am finally in a place in my life where I'm 'all in' and am able to make it happen. It's hard work every day, but I love it, and it's mine!

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

The hardest thing for me is taking time for myself. I find that I am always thinking of the studio, and it's really hard to turn off. I've found that I need to make sure I schedule time for other things so I don't burn out or my family doesn't suffer.

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

  1. Don't compare yourself to others. That is about the worst thing you can do. You need to know what is going on around you but know your worth; otherwise, you can deteriorate your confidence.
  2. Get someone to help you with your bookkeeping. It's a must if you want to know what you are spending and taking in. Especially if it's something you're not familiar with. If you don't know your numbers, you cannot be a success.
  3. Know going in that you are going to have days that are hard, and you are going to fail. You may even have days you feel like you want to quit. Those are the days you need to get right in your head. Those are the days you can most learn and grow from while you figure out what is next. Don't be afraid to fail. It's scary, but that's part of being a business owner.

Where can people find you and your business?


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