You guys may remember my Your Lines interview with Jacquelyn of j&j brusie photography last year. My slight envy of Jacquelyn may have reared its ugly, green head, but can you blame me? This is a mom who is gorgeous, worked full-time while starting her own photography business, runs 1/2 marathons while pushing her son in a stroller, and takes dream trips to Italy. So what’s this super-mom up to now, besides taking pictures of my enormous 38 week preggo belly?
Read my updated interview with Jacquelyn below and be sure to leave a comment with this post to win 10 free edited pictures of your choice!
Can you tell us about your recent work experience when you asked to go part-time?
Initially I struggled with this decision, I wanted to do everything…work in the professional world, grow my business as an aspiring photographer and most of all, be the best mother and wife to my family at home. I thought working a part time job would allow me to do all of these things and still leave me with time for myself (which every woman needs). After crunching the numbers and many conversations with my husband and former employer, I decided I needed to take a chance on what I really love…first and foremost, my family and my passion for photography. When I decided to give up my 8-5 job, it actually helped generate a lot of photography business…my former boss and his family are one of my best clients here in the Louisville area!
I think moms have a huge potential for starting businesses. First of all, we are masters at multi-tasking. We know how to type on the computer, play games with our children, clean the house and think of what’s for dinner all at the same time (which is what I’m doing now, LOL). We know how to work with all sorts of people. If you have a toddler, you know what I mean. The terrible twos can really test your patience. Most of all, we all need something outside of our husbands and children that fulfills us as women. As far as tips, I would say first make sure you’re great as self-promoting. I made sure I told all of my moms, friends, family that I was starting a photography biz. When I quit my full time job, I really let everyone know. I handed out lots of cute business cards, sent out my website link to everyone and let it be known on Facebook. As far as growing my business locally, I’ve done a lot of pro-bono (free) work for people that have grown up here in Louisville. I knew they would be able to spread the word for me and they have! Lastly, I seek advice from others, like my friend and mentor, Darcy Demmel from the amazing Darcy Demmel Photography and read a lot of blogs like Moms with Cameras (great website)!