We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I always knew I wanted to have my own business and have always dreamed of being able to support my family doing something I love using my natural strengths and passions. We love traveling, taking random days off to explore, and our family needed the freedom that only entrepreneurship could provide us. I always heard my mentors say “do something you love and money will follow” and I always reminded myself of that when thinking of businesses I could start.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most proud of building a business from the ground up at 22 years old with no degree and no experience. I worked really hard, got all the education I could possibly find online, hired a coach, went to workshops and classes, and gave it my all. People think photography is easy… they’re sort of right. Photography isn’t actually that hard, a lot of people can be very skilled pretty quickly. The hard part is running a business. Putting yourself out there takes courage. With so many photographers out there, you need to be able to push your business, constantly evolve, perfect your skills, be open to change, and keep pushing yourself on the daily.
I’ve learned countless lessons over the last 13 years of running this business.
One of the most important ones being, to simply just keep showing up as yourself. Don’t try to copy others, don’t try to be something you’re not… just be you, and the right people will LOVE you and be your biggest supporters.
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?
My husband definitely deserves all the praise for my business. He’s always been my #1 supporter as I chase my passions and he is the best dad in the world to our wild little ones. When it was hard in the beginning, he told me to keep going… that the world needs what I have, so I cannot give up. I also have to give a shout out to Jeff Jochum, my OG mentor who started this whole wild ride of finding my niche, and owning my market by being my 100% authentic self.
Image credit on my headshot: Sara France