We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty Bjorklund and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Finding balance during this pandemic has been a trick. There has been so much uncertainty that it truly has been hard trying to find a balance between work life and home life when both are intertwined. I find myself even being creative within the parameters of hours of the day. The best way I have found to be successful is to simply set boundaries. I have this set amount of time to accomplish this task, if I don’t I have to move it to tomorrow and move to the next thing. This mentality has especially been helpful with homelife as well. I carry the burden of accomplishing the world daily that I feel like a failure if I don’t. In order to avoid this, I empty my brain, make a list, and plan for each hour of the day. This makes things more achievable and I can physically see all I have accomplished. This has been the key to finding the balance for me, making sure I am intentional in both work life and home life.
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.
Art is a crazy thing. It is hard to always put into words what being creative really means to me. However, I can not imagine my life without it. I think art is an expression inside one’s self that is begging to be expressed. It is a feeling that is almost indescribable. So once I finally tapped into that part of me it was like all the pressure that was waiting to explode finally could be released and all its greatness could be shown. But in that same breathe, it was scary. This vulnerable emotion that was held inside for so long was now visible for the world to see. The realization that people could not like it and could verbalize that was paralyzing to me, so much so that I almost didn’t want to experiment or try new things because I was worried I would just be another want-to-be artist that never made the cut. I finally was encouraged to stop settling and just start up-leveling, not for anyone else but just for me. I was encouraged to just start making achievable and measurable goals and work towards them. So that’s what I did. I wrote ten goals that I wanted to achieve. I not only wrote them down but I rewrote those goals down daily for months. Then I just started to achieve them one by one. I don’t have a timeline of when I want all of them completed but I do know I will stick to the grind and keep trying to hit every single one of them. So I guess what I am trying to say I am proud to say I have achieved something I am proud of through my art. One of those things was to have one of my photos in a publication. I now have three. Another goal was that I wanted to have my work hang in a gallery. Starting in March 2021 I will have my art in a gallery in Denver. These are two things that I could not have done if I did not try. I think what I have learned is there is relevance in self-evaluation and goals that you make for yourself and your business are important. Secondly, I love that can show my clients that I have diversity within my creative abilities. I can capture your sweet family but I can also be unique and capture my daughter in a bath of milk. That is what makes me stand out, that’s what makes my business more than portrait photography and that’s what I want the world to know about me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely love the art districts in Denver. They are my most favorite spots to take friends. I would say the RINO art district is definitely my favorite spot. I would love to take them to The Denver Market. This is surrounded by graffiti alleyways and the Market has everything you could ask for. They have a few diverse restaurants, a bar, a coffee shop, and a delicious ice cream shop. It is awesome because it is a one-stop-shop if you are not wanting to be jumping from place to place. However, if you do want to, there are multiple restaurants and bars that are within walking distance of the Market.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It is so hard to put into words the amount of support I have felt with Tyler B Photography. One of my biggest supporters and partners is my husband Tim Bjorklund. He has been with me every step of the way. He challenges me, fights for me, and encourages me in whatever way I need. I could not and would not have made Tyler B Photography without his support. Secondly, I could not have made it without encouraging women around. They have been my cheerleaders and my friends. I couldn’t have done it without them.