We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always romanticized the idea of being able to work on whatever schedule I want. I’m the kind of person who loves to stay up late (it’s my most creative time), and sleep in till 9:00 am. There are not many typical jobs out there that allow for that kind of schedule, unless you work afternoon or night shifts somewhere. I wanted to love what I did and love when I got to do it: be able to have a completely flexible schedule. Some people love having a routine…I don’t. I get bored and stuck when I have a routine to follow day in and day out for weeks. I end up feeling like a robot person, my body on autopilot just doing what it knows we need to do. When I imagine what I want out of life, it’s adventure and excitement and passion for what I do. Starting my own business would let me have that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a HUGE believer in collaboration among artists and creative minds. I took advantage of people I met in college and asked to collaborate…a lot. I directed a show with my roommate my junior year and we had a brilliant concept: we wanted the set and everything to look as if it were drawn by a child. There were moments in the show where the main character, who was a 7 year old boy, narrated some of his drawings. We wanted the audience to see the drawings being drawn in “real time”. We decided to work with an art student to accomplish this and the outcome was amazing. She made mini animations of her drawings that we projected on a back drop and it couldn’t have come out more beautiful. I’ve taken that collaboration mindset with me everywhere. A lot of other artists or photographers say “I will create this for you,” which is not a bad approach. I’d rather collaborate with people; work together to create the end product/outcome.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Whenever someone comes to visit Colorado, there are a few things we always have to do: visit Estes Park, hike in Boulder and walk down Pearl Street, and eat locally. Those are just the general things my family has always seemed to do when people come visit. Of course, everything comes down to interests and personality. For me, getting in as much hiking and site seeing is a must. Here’s a little hypothetical itinerary for you 🙂 Day 1: Welcome to Colorado! Take the day to relax and recover from your day of travel. We’ll have a home cooked meal drink a lot of water because we don’t want you feeling sick from the high altitude. Day 2: Since I am from Longmont, I’ll take you to explore my hometown. We’ll take a morning walk around Macintosh lake, maybe break out the paddle boards if it’s nice. (The lake is free). Brunch at Cheese Importers on Main Street, then we’ll walk up and down peeking into all the little shops. We might spend the afternoon painting our own pottery at Crackpots and get dinner at “The Roost”. Day 3: Boulder! It’s a little in the foothills and since you aren’t fully acclimated to the altitude (takes 48-72 hours), this will be a nice easy start. We’ll hike around Chattaqua getting up close to the flatirons. We’ll walk around Pearl Street Mall, maybe drive up the canyon a little bit to Boulder Falls. We can shop or go to lunch, or if you like photos pop into Wonder Wonder for a fun photoshoot. Day 4: Estes Park. You’re acclimated by now, but we’ll take a lot of water and a can of oxygen just in case. We’ll take a slightly longer route to get to Estes (only by a few minutes), via Highway 7. It’ll take you along the base of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak which is the 14-er you can see super clearly from Longmont. In Estes, we can walk along the river, visit the Stanley Hotel, maybe hike around Rocky Mountain National Park. Those are my musts!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I really want to credit my fellow artist friends I made at University of Northern Colorado. So many of them have reached out and we’ve created opportunities together to help each other grow, learn, and gain experience and exposure. They have helped me create photos that were featured on brands websites and social media which is very exciting! They are always my go-to people when I want to try something new or just take photos for sake of going on a fun photoshoot.