Diana is the owner of the well established Diana Elizabeth Photography, Silver Spoon Studio and now wife being recently married this past year. We had a wonderful time during our interview answering some insighttful key questions for the Wurth Organizing readers….
Explain your business and all the hats you wear being a Woman on a Mission
Diana Elizabeth Photography does editorial and portrait photography that concentrates on rustic, vintage styled photographs. My ideal clients are like me who enjoy that same style of work. I shoot almost monthly for PHOENIX Magazine www.phoenixmag.com and really enjoying working for them. I also teach on line photography workshops for the beginning digital DSLR user to the budding professional photographers. I enjoy teaching others how they can use theirs to its best capabilities.
My other business is Silver Spoon Studio www.silverspoonstudio.com which is a design and marketing boutique specializing in sophisticated and feminine designs. We love what we do and hope it shows.
What led you to want to do your current businesses?
I original started as a graphic designer before I picked up a camera as a photographer. I always wanted to be entrepreneur, wanting the freedom to be on my own and work on my own. I was always artistic, enjoyed creating my own website design loved graphic design. It was just easier for me to create my own designs and learn using design tools in the process. This is also why I became a photographer allowing me to take photos they way I wanted them and in the style I wanted them. If I knew how to knit a sweater and make a business out of it I would do it, but I don’t. The end goal is make a living and have freedom to build relationships and spend time with family and travel. Now that I am a wife I have taken on a new role learning the importance of making dinners and spending that quality time together. Owning a business offers me that freedom to embrace it all.
What is your favorite part of your mission with your business?
With photography my favorite is shooting engaged couples and weddings. It is the cutest thing for they are so in love. I get to capture their love, interact with them, and talk about their love story and how they met. It so easy to shoot for they are sooo happy and filled with joy during our session together.
What DRIVES you to continue to be a Woman on a Mission? What keeps you motivated when you feel worn down or frustrated when you have a tough day?
There are always those bad days. You have to remember why you started your project to begin with. You need to remember. Nothing in life is ever perfect. A phrase that inspires me is “The character of who we are is defined by how we rise after we fall”. And I always think of that with everything in life. I always think of that and choose my attitude every day. These are the things that drive me. Nothing is the end of the world. If I have a stack of things to do it is ok. I am just going to do one thing at a time and get it done.
What is your favorite product/service that you offer?
My photography. I love when clients come to me and choose me to capture a part of their life. The fact that other couples choose me, I think of how important that decision is and I take that really seriously.
What brings you down..your biggest challenge you struggle with as a Woman on Mission?
The plus side is I find myself working all the time because I love my work. The downside is to make yourself stop working all the time. You want to work all night but now as a wife I ask him if he is done with work and when he is I am too. We turn off the computer and that is when our family time begins. Work can’t come before that. Being married has helped me to slow done a bit which is good.
How has your involvement with Wurth Organizing assisted you?
I hate grocery shopping! Anything that keeps me in and out of the grocery store I love. Your excel spreadsheet of the grocery store really got me thinking that there is a better way to shop. Whenever I look an organization tools I think to myself before I buy it or use and say to myself “what would Danielle do?”
When it comes to organizing what is your most favorite tools?
My iphone is everything. I color code my calendar appointments on it. My photography appointments are in yellow…silver spoon studio appointments are in silver. I use Quickbooks for all my accounting and it has been great. I keep folders for all my clients and notes about them. I have to be organized so I don’t repeat my questions at work and run my business well.
What advice would you give to a woman who desires to be a Woman on a Mission but doesn’t feel like one yet?
I would to eliminate fear. Whether being a good mom, starting a business, making a meal or really anything. When you eliminate fear then what is stopping you from doing it? I had a fear of cooking immediately after I got married. I burnt and tried a lot of stuff. But I had to make a lot of mistakes and now I am fine and can cook. What is the worst? People want to do thinking that they are only good at and not fail at. But if you don’t try new things then how will you ever know. Remember no matter what it is you are doing, it is important. Whether running a business a being a mom, being single or running a household. Find what motivates you to get things done. You will feel your sense of accomplishment is so rewarding.