Today, I’m excited to share an interview with a talented friend of mine, Norman. He’s the man behind the camera of most of my OOTD pictures here and on instagram. Norman I and actually went to middle school together, Carmen Arace, in Bloomfield, CT (please don’t laugh lol).
When I moved back to Connecticut after college, I reached out to him to help me take pictures and video footage at my Connecticut YINKA ORISAN launch event in 2014. I was so impressed with his footage and the pictures he captured. From there, I also asked him to help me take pictures of my jewelry, for my Summer 2015 look book. Later that year, when I decided I was going to start blogging and after several failed attempts of setting up my tripod to take my own pictures, I had my first offical photoshoot with him for my first outfit blog post. I’m so proud of the growth and dedication Norman has shown with his photography business and I had to interview him for my Entrepreneurship Series.
Where did your interest in photography come from and when did it happen?
As odd as this may seem, I never knew i wanted to be a photographer. Once upon a time I had an interest in music and only purchased my first camera to shoot music videos. To no avail I never shot any music videos and my camera sat on a shelf for about 6 months. Until one day a friend asked me to come to an event he was throwing to snap a few images. From that event, I began my nightlife career. One day while working an event someone asked me “Do you do Photoshoots?” in which my answer was “uhh sure” and at the point my interest for portraiture sparked. With a few photoshoots under my belt i realized I really enjoyed working with people and capturing images. This began in 2011.
Who is a person (famous or not famous) that inspires and/or motivates you in
business and why?
I have no person in general that motivates me in business. What motivates me most is the opportunity I have as a business owner to be as successful, as I’m willing to work for. Not knowing what each week may bring until you get out there and try keeps me motivated.
What is a valuable lesson you’ve learned as an entrepreneur?
Following up with clients seems so obvious but this was a very valuable lesson for me. I was notorious for speaking with clients and waiting for them to contact me back after our first conversation.
What is a financial tip you would give to entrepreneurs that has helped you?
Budgeting and Spreadsheets are my life. Knowing how much you’d like to make to acquire the success and growth you’d like for your business helps me tremendously.
What is the best business advice you’ve received?
Price based on your worth & not what you believe someone is willing to pay.
What is your favorite motivational quote?
“Im not concerned with being the best, I want to be your favorite” – Norman Oates
It’s been so much fun working and growing my blog with Norman! I’m excited for what 2017 has in store for us! I hope you enjoyed his interview as much as I did. To learn more and see some of his work, you can visit Norman’s website here or check him out on instagram (@noates).
Till next time!