This Women in Biz Network member walked away from a career in the music industry to pursue her love of photography, and she hasn’t looked back since. Meet Diana Nazareth of Diana Nazareth Photography.
1. Tell us about your business.
I am primarily a lifestyle family photographer. However, I also do quite a bit of maternity, baby, and headshot photography. I work almost exclusively with natural light and my style is often described as warm, natural, real, modern and evocative. When I photograph a family, my goal is to document their unique bond. I also try to capture the more sincere moments that happen like when a mom gently smoothes over her daughter’s hair so that it looks nice for the "photo", or when a child gleefully invites me into her room to show me her dinosaur collection. It’s those authentic acts of love, connection, and friendship that I always strive to catch with my camera.
2. Other than being an entrepreneur, who are you? Tell us about yourself.
I’m 40-something gal, who originally hails from the U.S. I’m also a mom to two boys (ages 7 and 10), whom I often refer to as my spykids. I am constantly astounded by their observations on life. I’m a former homeschooler, and now a frequent parent volunteer at the alternative school they attend. I speak fluent Spanish. I love Indian food. I dream of taking off for a year and travelling the globe with my spykids. Some of my favourite writers are Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, and Pico lyer. I am a sister, an aunt, and a good friend. Oh, and I especially love watching old films with my boys.
3. What motivated you to go into business for yourself?
After working for twelve years as a music publicist, I decide it was time to return to my first passion: photography. I was burned-out, sleep-deprived, and irritable. I reached a point that I no longer feared the loss of my paycheck. I knew I needed to do something that felt more spiritually, and emotionally fulfilling. I also wanted my kids to grow up seeing their mom doing something she thoroughly enjoyed. And I wanted them to believe that you could be successful, and self-sufficient doing whatever it is that you desire or love to do.
4. How do you overcome challenges and obstacles in your business?
With a lot of resilience! I was taught at an early age that there is no straight path to obtaining the things you truly want. You have to just keep on trying, and learning, and pursuing. I’m also surrounded by a lot of love and support from my family (especially my mom) and many close friends.
5. What are your greatest strengths as an entrepreneur?
My belief that everyone is beautiful, and worthy, and interesting. I also really like meeting people, young and old, and getting to know them. I’m very accepting, and open to ideas.
6. What are you most passionate about in your business?
The most passionate thing about being a photographer for me is knowing that I’ve been entrusted to document the very many special moments in a family, or individual’s life. That years from now, the photographs I took for them will bring them joy, or make them feel renewed loved.
7. What is one piece of helpful advice you would give to other entrepreneurs?
Even if a million other people are doing what you want to do, don’t be deterred. No one can do it like you can.