1. Tell us a little bit about your business or organization.
Chantel Late Photography is a photographic modality that records life through a narrative lens. Chantel tells true-to-life stories through a documentarian's watchful eye. Chantel Late Photography is a multimodal business, focusing on "documentary/lifestyle" photography and also has a sister brand named When Food Meets Art, which specializes in commercial food and beverage photography.
Chantel Late Photography and When Food Meets Art are currently based in Goldsboro, North Carolina, but is open to travel.
Check out Chantel Late Photography's website at www.chantellate.photography. Like her page on Facebook. Follow her on Instagram. You can also follow When Food Meets Artâ on Instagram.
"In times of discouragement, it is imperative that you remember why you started. It can be hard coming up with ideas, and entrepreneurship can be overwhelming."
2. What little piece of advice would you share with a fellow entrepreneur?
This is YOUR business and no one else's. Comparison is the thief of joy. What other people are doing with their business has very little to do with what you are doing with yours. You do not know what obstacles people have had to go through in order to get to where they are now and perhaps you could even be in your "cocoon" stage yourself.
In times of discouragement, it is imperative that you remember why you started. It can be hard coming up with ideas, and entrepreneurship can be overwhelming. Don't be afraid to scale back on your duties because at the end of the day, you have to remember that your business cannot run without you. Take care of yourself.
It's important that you periodically check on your processes and systems to ensure that your business is operating smoothly. It is good to have a plan, but how often do you assess your progress with said plan and re-evaluate anything that is not working? Always be sure to check in!
3. As you started your own business, what resources (book or podcast) have been an encouragement to you!
"Steal Like An Artist" by Austin Kleon has been a great source of encouragement for me. I always hear people talk about others "copying" their work and they fail to remember that their work is not 100% original either, because they were inspired by other people's work as well. Creativeness is a fairly cyclical process. We all learn from others. No one can ever completely duplicate your art. Your work is constantly evolving so you are always going to be a step ahead. However, I will admit that it is annoying when people directly duplicate your work instead of seeing your work as a source of inspiration and using that inspiration to create their own material. McDonalds and Burger King are two successful fast food restaurants. They both sell burgers, etc. However, are their menus 100% identical? No.
4. How was your experience with ShaynaMade?
My experience with ShaynaMade was wonderful from start to finish. Communication is something that some people struggle with, but not with ShaynaMade. The communication was very thorough and all of the staff were very professional and polite. My expectations were exceeded.
I really enjoyed my experience and would recommend ShaynaMade to anyone looking for business cards.
5. What is your favorite "pick-me-up" on a bad day?
Music. There is something about music that just lifts my spirits and takes my mind off of negativity. Journaling is also something that I have really been trying to get back into. It is very helpful.
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