We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Bolton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
“Getting married at a young age is a mistake.” I got engaged when I was 20 and married at 23. So many people in my life have said not to get married young, but to wait until your late 20’s or even early 30’s. However, getting married in my early 20s was the best decision I ever made. Nothing has been better than being able to grow through life alongside my best friend. Now as a wedding photographer, I get to relate with so many others who have chosen similar journeys. I am not saying to marry the first person you fall in love with, but when you find the right person and you feel confident about what you have- there is no reason to throw that away for the sake of youthfulness. Being married at a young age did not weigh me down but rather helped to build me up. If it were not for the love, support, and complete confidence of my husband-I may have never given up my former career path in mental health to start my own business. I had a full time job at a psychiatric hospital, and took a huge leap of faith to quit that and pursue my business full time. He believed in me even when I did not even have that kind of belief in myself, and now here I am thriving and doing even better than I was working in the psychology field with my bachelors degree.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am most inspired by emotion, beautiful views (being located in CO makes this very easy), intimacy, and capturing the authenticity of two people in love.
I always loved photography even from a young age. I was that 9 year old doing very cringy photoshoots with my friends/ cousins in parks, my backyard, and random places throughout the house. While I always enjoyed photography, I never realized I was able to make it into a full time career until after I got married myself and became more introduced into the wedding industry.
I wouldn’t say that my journey has been necessarily easy, but it hasn’t been as difficult as I had originally imagined either. I started my business as a hobby while working full time at a psychiatric hospital as a mental health worker. At that time, I never saw it growing into anything more than a hobby and a way to express my artistic side. My business grew quickly enough that within 8 months, I was actually forced into having to quit my full time job and transition into focusing on my photography business. I was able to balance the two for a long time because I worked overnights, so I would do sessions during the day and then work at the hospital all night, but this wasn’t the most healthy way to live. Once the summer months began to approach, I took a look at my photography schedule and realized there was no physical way I was going to be able to balance these two “full time” jobs at the same time. So, I took that leap of faith and went into photography full time.
If you are a creative who doesn’t believe you can step into your passion as a full time gig because its too competitive- hard work and talent will prevail. There’s no way you can know what you are capable of accomplishing unless you take that risk and give yourself a try.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We host some friends from out of state at least once a year and showing people around Colorado is my favorite thing to do!
I highly recommend checking out Maroon Bells, RMNP, the Great Sand Dunes NP, Breckenridge, Hanging lake, and Mount Evans!
Time with us will always be filled with adventure, lots of coffee, and great food!
We love to take people off roading in our jeep, to the hot springs, hiking, rafting, and eating (of course!).
It’s so important for us to give people an all around “Colorado” experience. As a native who was born and raised here, showing people around this beautiful state makes me so proud to call this place home!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I took this leap of faith in starting my own business and quitting my full time job at a psychiatric hospital all because of my husband’s encouragement. When I told myself that the market was too saturated and that I could never be successful enough to step into it as a full time career, he always believed in me even when I could not see it myself.
Emily Elizabeth Photography