nyc content creator 📸
solitary eclectic magical gal 🧙🏾♀️✨
probably too many plants
Tell us a bit about yourself & the work that you do.
I’m a content creator living in NYC. I share my life with my audience through my photography, videos, and recently illustrations too! I definitely juggle several things at the same time, but it’s been such a wild (and amazing) ride for me. I also work with other creators and brands to help them with their content. Right now I’m working on another business move— opening up an online shop where people can buy my e-courses, presets, and photo prints.
What made you start your business?
Instagram started out as a hobby for me, and definitely a way for me to make friends. It started to grow quickly, and it occurred to me “Hey… I think I can actually do this?” I started to take it seriously, and it grew to what it is today.
What is something others wouldn't know about your business that you think they should?
A lot of people seem surprised that I don’t have a team or help! It’s just me (and occasionally my cat will step into a photo.) I do a lot of my shots in my apartment, and I film and edit everything myself as well.
What has been the most challenging thing you have uncovered since the beginning?
Definitely time management and giving yourself a day to relax. I think if you’re working for yourself (or at least trying to grow an audience online) you want to spend as much time as you can towards that. But it’s so important to rest.
Best piece of advice you have ever received?
To not give up. That if you think you have some special, do something with it! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. It's okay if you stumble a bit along the way, and even fall, but remember to get back up and keep trying. It's so important to believe in yourself. I deal with a lot of anxiety, and this is especially true in the work I put out there. There's always this underlying fear of "What if they hate it?" or "I could do better." but you'll never know until you try!
One tip you'd give to others who are wanting to start their own business or follow their heart?
There are a few things you need to consider when starting your own business. What is your goal? Why do you want your own business? How much time are you willing to put in? Write down your ideal audience, the niche you want to target, everything and anything. Learn as much as you can about your audience. Interact with them as much as possible and remember to show the humane side of your business! I always try to respond to as many messages as I can, because at the end of the day, I’m just a gal with a camera and a big dream.
Where do you envision for your business in the future?
I am saving up to have a studio right now, so I can take my work to the next level and be able to produce some really amazing content! I would also love to host some photography workshops and help others find their style. I also want to design some things like planners and t-shirts… what can I say? I want to do it all!
What or who inspires you to do what you do on a daily basis?
This is hard to answer because it changes all the time! Is it odd to say that I inspire myself? Haha! What I mean to say is that I’m inspired by emotions. If I’m feeling happy, I want to capture that happy, sunny vibe on camera. When I’m feeling down, I want to capture those moody moments too. I look at certain colors outside and they make me feel certain ways and it’s like a lightbulb goes off in my head. “Oh, I need to write that down!”
Do you have a morning routine? If so, what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?
I somewhat have a morning routine, yes! I like waking up nice and early so I have time to relax before I have to start doing some work. I’ll meditate, write in my bullet journal, and of course, make myself a mean cup of tea or coffee. I find that I need peace in the morning and to have a chill time before I start to kick things in gear.
One book everyone should read? Why?
I’m currently reading “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer. I really love it and I think it’s a great read if you have issues asking people for help (like me!) It’s super important to take value in yourself and what you do.
Are there any others Movers & Shakers out there in your world that you think people should know about? Perhaps any Instagram accounts and/or blogs you are loving right now?
I really love D’Ana Joi of @joiknowshow. She has a very special energy to her page that I really like. It’s very real— plus she shares her journey about pursuing different things!