We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Askins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lindsay, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Truly, I hated working for other people. I hated having a boss, and someone who told me when to be where. I hated not having control of my time and income. I went through a sad divorce, moved across the country, and was unable to get hired in the small town I relocated to…even though I was over-qualified education-wise for almost every job I applied to. So, I gave up and started Spot of Serendipity. I had a very small idea of what all that entailed, but put in the time and work to get it launched and, even though balancing it alongside motherhood is next to impossible, it’s the best decision I ever made as a professional.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My images are real and raw. I don’t use Photoshop and I don’t use artificial lighting really ever. I mostly photograph births and I believe flash photography has no place in a laboring woman’s space, or in a brand new baby’s eyes. I want my clients to look at their images years from now and remember their life as it truly was….organic photographs, if you will.

It was definitely not easy to get to where I am professionally, AND I am not where I thought I’d be by now. But, Motherhood is the most important work, and I am very often doing it alone without much support. As a result, my business gets pushed to the back burner more than I’d prefer…however, I have learned there is no way I can do both work and mothering at 100%. The idea that women can balance those two roles equally is a lie we’ve been told. You’re only doing one of those jobs at 100%. If Motherhood and running a business by myself has taught me anything, it’s exactly that.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh gosh, this is hard! I would start with some legit Mexican food, a visit to the mountains for a hike, definitely Sedona and/or Flag as well, the Grand Canyon of course, and probably end the week at my happy place, The Camelback Inn in Scottsdale! There is still A LOT of Arizona I haven’t explored yet too!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Truthfully, it’s the first people who trusted me as clients and allowed me to photograph them to build my portfolio. We all have to start somewhere and while I look back on my first year of images and cringe, I learned SO MUCH at every single shoot. I am so grateful to the friends and strangers I photographed in those early days of building a business. Secondly, even though my husband is often away for work and unable to help me, when he is home, he is very supportive of my work. I sometimes refer to him as my “in house tech guy” when website building or email issues is overwhelming my brain and my time.

Website: www.spotofserendipity.com

Instagram: @spotofserendipity

Facebook: spotofserendipity

Image Credits
All images are mine….please give credit to Lindsay Askins at Spot of Serendipity….. with the exception of my own portrait – please give credit to Rachel Watkinson for that particular image.

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutArizona is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.