12 Apr #03 Campfire Slings and Style Shoots | Jen Creed of Jen & Chris Creed Photography
Owning What You do Best and the Evolution to an Intentional Business
For today’s episode, I visited with the lovely and talented Jen Creed of Jen & Chris Creed Photography. While still a teenager, Jen started shooting weddings and family pictures for friends. Over time her side hustle hobby became a grown-up business, one she now runs in partnership with her husband, Chris. Today, Jen & Chris Creed Photography is laid-back wedding photography company based here in Nashville that love documenting real moments for joyful couples.
Chris was our pre-conversation bartender so we first had to talk about delish drinks (recipes are noted in the show notes so be sure to check it out at bossesandbourbon.com). Then after reminiscing about poorly chosen college majors, we discussed the challenges and benefits of having a business with your spouse, how Jen finds inspiration that keeps her connected to her why and some cool ways past couples has personalized their wedding days.
We also chatted about style shoots, current photography trends and creating an intentional business. It never ceases to amaze me how much you learn over a decade of business and life – too often we think we are supposed to know it all right out of the gate. I love how Jen’s business has evolved to continue to serve her life right now – even if that means we stumble some along the way. Lots was covered in this episode – funny how that happens when there is a drink in your hand. Let’s get to it.
Bourbon Drink Recipes
2 oz Bourbon
Splash of Maple Syrup
Dash of Chocolate Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake with ice. Add contents of shaker tin to the glass. Flame the orange peel, trace the rim of the glass and drop it into the glass for garnish
1.5 oz Bourbon
Muddle Lemon and mint in a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice, add bourbon and top with club soda. Pour into a shaker tin and back into your glass to combine, adding a mint leaf and lemon wedge as garnish.
- Photography trends
- Building an intentional business
- Photography inspiration
- You’re a photographer just starting out or thinking of starting a photography business
- You’re a young business owner interested in hearing a story about business longevity
- You and your spouse are in business together and want to hear how other couples manage this work-life mix
“If there’s something off about connection then I think that is really telling, but so often people ignore that and those become sort of your horror clients”
“Having been shooting for 10 years, we want to be more intentional with what we’re doing with our business. Building a business that fits into our lives instead of consuming our entire lives.”
“Your business being a part of your life that you really love, not your whole life, I really liked that”
“Refocusing in on the parts of the business that we really love and how that fits in with our overall life goals”
“I kind of got stuck in that mindset, starting my business when I was so young. I thought someday it won’t need the work and the maintenance but that is not the reality of running a business.”
“Don’t pay a damn bit of attention to what everyone else is doing”
“I feel like when I was starting out I was really looking for permission to be doing what I was doing”
“There was a lot of times that our fear hindered both the work we were creating and what we were doing for our business”
You can get in touch with Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about their photography at their website. Be sure to also check out their new podcast for nearly engaged couples planning a wedding in Nashville, The Nashville Wedding Podcast. What did you think? Review the podcast and subscribe to Bosses & Bourbon. Have a question? Email Krista at email@example.com.
Krista Chapman of Path & Compass, marketing & strategist to the wedding & event industry works with a lot of smart, hard-working bosses in her consulting work. Entrepreneurs that you’ve never heard of that are rocking out their independent wedding & event businesses. Owner-operators that have created solutions and strategies that WORK. Listen to these candid conversations where Krista and her guest boss, talk shop (maybe over bourbon) and get real about running a successful business in today’s wedding & event industry.