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

Hi Lindsay, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was always the creative and artsy type growing up. One year I had dreams of being a fashion designer, the next year I wanted my own HGTV show, and now here I am today, expressing my creativity through brand and commercial photography! For me, it doesn’t really feel like work and I still have days where I’m amazed that I actually make money doing what I do. But what really seals the deal for me is knowing that I get to use my creative powers everyday to help others. Through artistic and meaningful photography I help businesses accomplish their goals and pursue their dreams. I love telling the stories of these amazing people through the art and craft of photography. I love that this medium has the ability to grow and change a brand. I love going through the creative process to solve a problem through a purposeful campaign. I love getting to collaborate with all these other experts where together we create magic! This is more than a career for me, this is a passion and my mission is for everyone to be able to pursue their dreams and love what they do everyday. So I’m here to help make that happen!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Even after growing up loving all things creative, I originally thought I was going to go to college for physical therapy, but very quickly I learned that was not the path for me. It can be challenging getting into a creative field though because often its not your typical 9-5 job, or people don’t view it to be as “worthy” as a lawyer or doctor. For me, I knew I had to just keep following my heart. I eventually found myself in the advertising world where I got to blend both my creative abilities and my business abilities. I loved it and having that as my background is what got me into brand and commercial photography as opposed to any other types. It was scary though going from a full-time “regular” job to being full-time freelance. I worked with some toxic individuals and questioned my worth before finally stand up for myself. After taking some time to regain my confidence and find my new path is when I officially decided to go on my own. And now here I am today, 2 years later and loving every minute of it. Best decision ever!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Arizona! There’s not a corner you can turn to that isn’t beautiful. I love it so much I moved all the way from Minnesota to be here haha. One of my all time favorite spots is Sedona. Definitely a must see. I love going to the shops and restaurants at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Also, visit Devil’s Bridge while you’re there. There are so many great hikes in Arizona so you can never go wrong there. Being from Minnesota (Land of 10,000 Lakes) means I am always on a mission to find water. There are some really great spots to go Paddleboarding like Lake Pleasant. Closer to Phoenix I recommend checking out Papago Park for a picnic or the Desert Botanical Gardens. Last one, if you’re looking for some nightlife action, visit Ziggy’s Pizza/Stardust Pinball Lounge. You won’t be disappointed!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, where do I start. There are so many people along the way that have helped get me to where I am today. All the way from my boss at my first high school job, to professional mentors in the early stages of my career. Friends, family, colleagues, the list goes on. Honestly even my clients, thats what gets me out of bed everyday is knowing I get to work with some kick a** people! At the end of the day, I think successful people are those that surround themselves with others that love and support them.

Website: Www.lindsayoien.com

Instagram: Www.instagram.com/lindsay.oien

Linkedin: Www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-oien

Image Credits
Sarah Dovolos

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