I’m Brittny and I have two boys. Ronin is six years old and Maddux just turned one. Ronin is a very caring boy who loves being a big brother. He enjoys being active and is big into hockey, baseball and music. Maddux is the polar opposite of his big brother. He was mobile very early and is running from room to room pulling out everything in site. I am married to a very patient man who is the best husband and father I could dream of. If he would learn to put his socks in the hamper at the end of the day he would be the perfect man.
I am passionate about being a wife and mother. My life changed when I had Ronin. Once he became more independent I found a passion for horses. We spent hours in the barn together. Now that we have the baby my hobbies have taken a bit of a back burner. I’m excited for the day everyone is big enough to get on their own horse
WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS AND WHAT LEAD YOU TO START IT?
I run Remember When Photography. I specialize in family and wedding photography. I am passionate about the art of photography and studied it at MRU. I shadowed some very talented wedding photographers in Calgary and eventually started going out on my own. It started as a hobby and for a bit of extra money. Ronin’s biological dad left when he was just over a year old. I hadn’t gone back to work so found myself alone with a mortgage, baby and two dogs. I put everything I had into Remember When. I had amazing family and friends who helped watched Ronin while I was having fun at weddings!
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
We have some amazing photographers in Calgary. Stephanie Couture helped me with one of my early weddings and he work is always inspiring. Tracy Elliot is a photography instructor at MRU and is gracious enough to answer any weird photography questions I think up.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TIPS TO MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE?
I have learned to let go of what I think would be a ‘perfect’ business. I would love to do more styled shoots, to submit to more blogs and magazines, the list is endless. I feel that social media puts so much pressure on small businesses. Goals are important, but it took me a long time to realize that I may not have time to achieve everything I want in such a short time.
My kids are not in daycare but I do make a schedule to get the most out of the time I have for work. Ronin is in school and Maddux goes to his grandparents house twice a week. I often work in their home to save driving time. I will make a list the night before and while it’s my ‘work time’ I don’t allow any distractions. Making lists and sticking to tasks are crucial when you don’t have 5 days a week to get things done.
To maintain a balanced home life, I have stopped saying yes to every job. I schedule my photoshoots based on the weather, location and time of day to get the best light. I take into consideration my families schedule and don’t overbook myself. I take a limited amount of weddings and family shoots to ensure my clients are getting the best photographer I can be, and my kids get the best mom I can be.
My husband has my back in all aspects in life and this has made such a tremendous difference. He has his own company and knows how important it is to me that I have my own success. We work together to ensure that our families needs are being met.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER MOMS WANTING TO START A BUSINESS?
Have a plan and do it the right way from the get go. Set up a proper billing system, proper insurances and licenses and know there is a difference between getting your name out there and working for less than you’re worth.
IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA HOUR TODAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
There is always more I want to do with photography! Working on boring back end things seems to always be pushed back. I would likely use an extra hour to improve and update the website.
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