We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Moon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is something I’ve had to really work on over the years and changed drastically once I became a mother. When I first started my photography business I didn’t have any children and didn’t mind working most weekends, staying up late editing and taking on every client I could. Now days, I have a three year old and am a single mom working hard to continue my business success and be present for my son. I’ve found waking up earlier works better than staying up late to edit, as well as manage emails first thing in the morning is best. I have two calendars, one linked through my emails as well as the old hand written monthly. I feel more organized writing things down still, even in this technology based industry. Being sure to give myself time off throughout the week, as well as a weekend here and there is important. Keeping certain days strictly for work and others strictly for relaxation or adventures with my kiddo.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Photography has always been life for me. I started in the darkroom in school long ago and loved learning the art of the camera. I took multiple photography courses and was in yearbook. Over the years I’ve enjoyed traveling across the states photographing along the way, as well as running a photography business located in NoCo specializing in Weddings, Newborns and Portraits. I am opening a new studio located in downtown Loveland with my studio partner, Kristi. I am so excited for this next level we are about to adventure into. I love learning new techniques and tricks to this passion and bringing my creativity to others. I recently was lucky enough to photograph some bison in a snowstorm and the photos turned out amazing! I am really proud of those. Running a small business always has its challenges in any industry and I just have to reminding myself I am doing this because it is truly something that I love and want to share with others. 2020 was a hectic year for most, and it was a good check for me to get refocused on the importance of delivering these memories for my clients, as well as myself. I was way over worked last year playing catch-up after the wedding industry was shut down, and I was at a point of feeling failure because I couldn’t get caught up. I’ve learned from that and now know the work load I can take on comfortably and how much is too much. I was finally able to land some great help from a former intern, Kirstin, and we got things back on track. So, some advice would be don’t be afraid to ask for help and other resources!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a country girl and love anything outdoors. Hiking, camping, riding my horses, fishing, Colorado is a wonderful state full of options for a good time. One of my all time favorite places is Steamboat, so I would always take someone there because It is beautiful there all year long. I like to fly fish and some of my favorite memories are on the Yampa River up there. Then of course Skiing and snowboarding there in the winter and eating at the amazing restaurants downtown. I also feel NoCo has some great options for breweries and dining. I like to go to Henry’s Pub or AKA Kitchen in downtown Loveland by the studio, and City Star Brewery in Berthoud. I love supporting mom and pop or anything locally owned! Support of small businesses is something I take pride in and love sharing with others.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to thank my wonderful family for always being so supportive to me and my dreams. They’re all my biggest fans and have always been there to help me along the way.
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