We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Hobbs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
The work life balance has always been a struggle for me. Running your own business is hard. You are often working at night and on the weekends. I used to spend all my free time thinking about work. Even when I wasn’t working I would think about what I needed to do when I got back to work and would quickly add on to my already miles long to do list. It wasn’t until the last year or so that I really started to feel it take a toll. I wasn’t as excited about work as I had been before and I wasn’t fully enjoying the moments when I was with my family and friends. I have had to make an extreme effort to make the balance between work and life even. I am taking more time to be creative, to spend with family and friends and to enjoy activities that I like to do away from work. It is a long process and I wouldn’t say I have mastered the balance yet, but I’m trying to even it out a little bit everyday.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I opened tyler.paige in 2013 when I was 14 years old. I had decided I wanted to be a photographer and with the help of my parents created a business from scratch. I had to learn to balance the creativity I wanted to be able to have with the business side of things. It was tricky. During the life of this business I have graduated high school, graduated college with three degrees, photographed for well known companies, been a freelance graphic designer and worked multiple other jobs to help fund my art addiction. It has never been easy, but it has been fun! I have learned so many lessons during the growth of my brand. I have learned time management, marketing, how to work with customers. My goal from the beginning was to create a brand that recognizes you exactly as you are. Tyler.paige is warm, inviting, clean, hopeful, loving and comfortable. I want you to look at your images and feel at home. This brand is an extension of myself and I feel driven to create a superior product that celebrates the artistry of photography, excellent communication and planning and the feeling of pure unhindered passion.
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?
if I had a friend visiting I would take them to my favorite restaurants first. I am a sucker for some killer food! One of my favorite spots is the chop shop off of East Colfax. Their food is killer. I also love Nuggs ice cream shop right down the street. Another great spot is called The Schoolhouse in old town Arvada, the food drink and atmosphere are hard to beat. I am a huge art and history person and think that Denver has some pretty killer museums. I love visiting these to see the travelling exhibits. Kokopelli Beer Company is one of my favorite spots to go on a Friday night. I am a big hiker and you can often find me in Rocky mountain national park campaign and hiking during the summer months. If it is the right time of year Red Rocks is one of my favorite spots to go for some good music.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to shoutout my parents. I opened tyler.paige photography in 2013 when I was 14 years old. It was not easy and having my dad who has run his own business for over 20 years showing me the ropes helped get my business established. My mom worked with me to open and create tyler.paige from the start. She was my business partner for many years and helped to establish the business.