Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sylvia Pond, a professional photographer, based in Kitchener, ON, Canada.

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

I am a professional photographer in Waterloo Region and specialize in commercial, branding, and food photography.

Tell us about yourself

I LOVE what I do! Helping small businesses present themselves online and on social media with imagery. With everyone being and finding information online, it's so important to show your business in the best light. Professional photography does that! Especially when it comes to food and branding. People want to see the person behind the business and see some personality, and when they are looking for dinner options, photos can make you hungry and drool!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Surviving! Being a sole proprietor, there are so many moving parts and hats you have to wear every day while doing your job and trying to live life. It's a balancing act and comes in waves. But it's also part of what I love about it. Every day is different, and every client is different, and it keeps me on my toes.

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

The fear that it all might end one day. Technology changes, trends, and needs change very often, and not knowing what the future hold for photography and digital content is something I wonder in the back of my mind.

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

Take the plunge and go all in. Give it 110% right from the start! Don't compare yourself to others, and trust your talent and skills! Confidence is so important!

Where can people find you and your business?


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