Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Edyta Grazman, Founder of Edyta Grazman Photography, located in Chicago, IL, USA.

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

I'm a portrait photographer based in Chicago. I specialize in outdoor family portraits and professional headshot photography, both in-studio and on-location.

Tell us about yourself

I have always been drawn to photography and visual art, and it just sort of naturally became my main "thing" once I picked up a camera and started mastering it. I have a great passion for what I do. I find the process of photographing people and creating meaningful memories for my clients very rewarding. I also believe that if you love what you do, you don't feel like you are working.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I have been in business photographing people in Chicago for about 10 years. My business has been recognized and featured in numerous industry-leading magazines and publications throughout the years. But I think some of my most treasured accomplishments are earning the Master Photographer awards in the Family and Child category through The National Association of Professional Child Photographers. They strive for excellence in the photography industry, and those awards mean a lot to me.

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

As a mom, wife, and business owner, you constantly struggle with finding the right balance between family and work. I think I am definitely better at it now than I was when I was starting out, but it's still something I have to be conscious of. As a business owner, there is just so much on your plate every single day, and you have to wear all the hats all the time. Finding the right balance can be tricky!

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

If you are just starting out, I would say think about your intention and why you want to do it. Are you passionate about your product or service? Does it help other people? If the answer is "yes" to both, that is a great starting point! Be patient with yourself; keep growing and doing your best. Success doesn't normally happen overnight.

Where can people find you and your business?


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