Howdy all!! Welcome to Mom Squad’s Sunday Spotlight. This is a fun feature we do every Sunday to profile our Mom Squaders. This week we are interviewing Laura from Laura Radniecki Images! I met Laura for the first time in April and thought she was awesome. Then I found she was a fellow blogger and I adored her even more. Welcome Laura!
ME: Describe your business for us.
Laura: I am an on-location lifestyle photographer based in the Lakes Area, but am available for travel. I photograph all types of events, from babies and families, to events, engagements and weddings. I take a lifestyle approach; meaning along with the usual posed photos, I look for the authentic and candid moments that happen in between poses and freeze those REAL, authentic emotions. The piece that sets my business apart from other photographers is that my clients receive images on a disc and the rights to print them on their own.
ME: How long have your been involved with your business, and what attracted you to the art of photography?
Laura: I started Laura Radniecki Images about a year ago. I have always been in love with taking photos and have album after album to prove it. I started to realize I could combine my passion for photography with my love of detail and emotion, and it morphed into something beyond my wildest dreams.
ME: Your photography blows my mind! Is there anything you’d like to share about your family or your life? Hubby? Hobbies?
Also, a fun fact about me is that I also love to write. I have written one completed novel – it’s fiction based on true events, called The Pact of Silence. I had it bound and gave it to my Grandma for Christmas last year – she’s the muse for the story. I have goals in the future to actually have my book published. I also have 2 fiction novels started, with hopes to work on them again this winter.
ME: That is awesome! I had no idea you were a writer. Girlfriend, we need to talk 🙂 You’re kinda a Super force to be reckoned with. Speaking of Super Force, if you could have any super power in the world, what would you pick and why?
Laura: Hmmm… I think I would pick the ability to teleport myself to different places. I am not a huge fan of flying so I SO WISH I could snap my fingers and go from Minnesota to Hawaii, or from Minnesota to Australia etc. What a cool ability that would be! [And cheap too!!]
ME: Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Laura: That’s a great question. I see myself doing much of the same thing I’m doing now; meeting a lot of families and great couples, and seeing their love, laughs and memories through my camera. Two goals that I have, that I’d like to achieve in 5 years are:
-I’d love to travel for my photography. Either travel to shoot a wedding, or travel to photograph nature, and then be able to sell it some place.
-I also have a dream to photograph a Birth Story. I know, it sounds kind of weird because no one around here does that kind of thing. But I follow a lot of photographers from Utah and California, and that’s something that is becoming more and more popular. It’s a documentary – photojournalistic approach to photographing a woman’s labor and delivery. As tastefully as possible. This frees up ‘Dad’ from having to scramble to take photos once the baby is born, and catches so many of the details of the delivery that might go unnoticed.
ME: A Birth Story! I don’t think that sounds weird at all. What a gift and what an amazing journey to document! You have some great hopes, dreams, and goals Laura. You are an inspiration. You and I know success is hard, hard work. Woman-to-woman, what advice can you give to other women trying to juggle family and business?
Laura: You know, to be honest, I’m still figuring this one out! I don’t have any children yet, so I feel lucky in a way. I am thankful that I only have to divide my time between my business and only one person – my husband. I’m learning about putting work aside in order to spend quality time with him. I think the biggest thing for me is to remember that the work is not going anywhere. It WILL be there when I come back from the dinner table or from a walk etc etc. When I’m in a groove, that’s something hard to remember!
ME: That is such a good philosophy. I need to try to remember that too. It’s rough when you feel the tug of work, but in my case, a request for a game of hide-and-seek is much more important in that moment. Share if you dare, one of your most embarrassing “photographer moments”
Laura: You know, thankfully, I haven’t had too many of them yet. [KNOCK ON WOOD!!] I do know that just last week, I spent a big part of the shoot calling the little boy by the dog’s name. I was saying ‘Conner’s arms were up’ and the mom was looking at me funny. Then I realized Conner was the dog, and Justin was the boy. Oops!!
ME: What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Laura: In bed, reading a Fern Michael’s Sisterhood book! I am bummed though, because I am officially all caught up in the series. I have read every book Fern has written, so now I have to patiently [NOT] wait for her to write more of them! I know two more are coming out this fall/winter and I can’t wait!
ME: Rereading a favorite series is a beautiful thing 😉
As a woman-in-business, what advice would you give to other businesswomen.
Laura: Connect with other women! The connections that I’ve made with other women, especially with the aid of Facebook has been so great for my business!
ME: What would you consider your “strong suit” in your business? People skills? Product knowledge? Networking savvy?
Laura: Being savvy with Facebook and especially the Blog world has helped me out so much. Without my blog, and without Facebook to promote my blog posts, I don’t think that I would get a fraction of the exposure that I do. I want people to see my photos, because that’s how they start to think, ‘oh maybe she should photograph my family!’ – and blogging has allowed me to do that!
ME: I know for a fact you are a great example of growing your business using Social Media. You are like the Poster Child for Successful Facebook Marketing! You should teach a class on it. Add “teacher” to your list if goals! If you could do anything for a living, and money was no object, what would you do?
Laura: I would travel to all the amazingly beautiful places in the world and photograph them. If I could sell them, I would. Or if I had a bajillion dollars and didn’t need to make anymore, I’d just photograph for me!
ME: If you could put yourself “in time out”, where would you be placed and why?
Laura: On the beach on the North Shore of Oahu. Complete with a Shave Ice from Aioki’s. Can you tell I miss Hawaii??
ME: What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever gotten?
Laura: Follow you dreams. Work hard, and pray harder.
ME: Those are EXCELLENT words to live by, my friend. One last question. Name the two people you admire the most.
Laura: My choice would be my parents. My mom has this unbelievable optimistic attitude that it almost impossible to shake. That has shaped her view of life and opened a lot of doors for her. My dad is one of the most talented people I know. He could build an entire house from the ground up; he knows all of the skills even though he’s never been formally trained in any of it. He’s a laid back, quiet guy, and I can see a lot of his traits in myself.
ME: Anything you’d like to add?