Today we’d like to introduce you to Monika Pierzchlewicz.
Hi Monika, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Back in 2011 after having finished my MBA, I was trying to find my way in a difficult work industry. I was working at a spa and an Asian fusion restaurant. My manager at the restaurant went on a cruise and returned with beautiful magazine-quality photos of his trip – it was the desert photos with the blurred background that especially caught my eye. I decided at that moment that whatever camera took those photos was what I was going to get for myself. After saving up some money I decided to start dabbling in photography with my new Nikon camera later that year. It was autumn and I decided that in the next couple of months I would do several types of shoots to build a portfolio, and that as of January 1st, 2012 I would be an official photographer, with a website and everything, ready to charge clients. Ambitious or naive? A bit of both. Nevertheless, I did in fact start my business that year and after much trial and error (and error and error!), and with the help of word of mouth that I am eternally grateful for, I am where I am now – specializing in family, women’s and children’s portraits. In between starting my business and now, I’ve experienced the joy of getting married and starting a family. As a family photographer these experiences have helped me become better and more in tune with my clients’ needs since I now have an understanding of what it’s like to be a (tired) mother, a working professional, and a woman wanting to make a positive impact. There really is no substitute for experience, and I’m so glad to have it – the good, the bad and everything in between, after all these years.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would say that the greatest obstacle has been my own self-doubt. Am I good enough? Why would someone hire me, pay me and not another, better photographer? Looking to other, more experienced artists for inspiration and education is necessary and instrumental in growth. However, when it turns into comparison, which it so easily can, it can be very detrimental, and I’ve had to learn when to turn off the computer or phone. Motivational books have been a real lifesaver during my low points in the last few years – thank you Marie Forleo! I also like to plan creative shoots and collaborations which reignite my passion for photography when I feel burned out.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
After having done a little bit of everything for a while, including wedding photography which I enjoy but is very physically demanding – kudos to you wedding photogs!! – I’ve narrowed down my focus to: family photography, women’s portraits and business branding, commercial food photography (I’m currently the branding photographer for Le Macaron French pastry restaurant), and creative shoots. I am very blessed to have a loyal client base who return to me every year, sometimes a few times a year, to update their family photos and I do my best to come up with themed and seasonal shoots, creative mini sessions, and ideas to make each session unique and fun for both them and myself. Tea party sessions were a huge hit a couple. springs ago, and this winter I’m planning some hot chocolate and bonfire holiday sessions which I think my families will really enjoy!
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
Anyone interested in booking a session with me can easily reach me via e-mail, call or text message. The same goes for any creatives interested in collaborating which I am always excited to do! I really dislike the idea of competition and prefer a sense of community and support, especially with my fellow lady entrepreneurs. I’ve found that when I work on equal ground with other women and we put our individual strengths and talents together, we can make magic happen. Working together and supporting one another elevates our work, our businesses, our self esteem, and our community. I love seeing other women kicking butt and succeeding in what they love!
The best way to support me is to leave me a word of encouragement and simply share my name with your friends if you like what I do. This type of work can’t be done without having a passion for it, and I approach every session I do with excitement, a smile, and gratitude.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.monaparisphotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mona_paris_photography/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/monaparisphotography
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