Becky Lew and her Journey from Passion into Professional Photography

Becky Lew is a busy mom of 2 and a successful photographer with photos I believe should be featured with Anthropology!  Just throwing it out there…

She is a beautiful person inside and out and even though I haven’t seen her in years, her warmth and smile made me feel so comfortable like I’m seeing an old friend.  Perhaps that’s her gift as a photographer, she has the ability to bring families, couples and kids to trust her so they reveal their deepest emotions which is brought forward by her photos.

I’m really lucky to get a chance to sit and chat with her yesterday about photography, life and motherhood.

Melinda: When did you start taking interest in photography?

Becky: It’s so funny because when you don’t have the right equipment, you just will not be satisfied with what your work.  When I took pictures of my kids or other people’s weddings, I realized the photographs never came out the way I had envisioned it.  I got a really good camera from a friend,  it took a really nice picture and I fell in love to it.   So when the pictures came out and I saw what I wanted to see, that was how it first started for me.  And ever since then, I haven’t been able to put my camera down.

Melinda:  Have you always taken interest in the beauty of things or places?  Was the camera just a tool for you to let your vision out?  Have you always had those visions?

Becky:  I’m one of those people who treasure moments.  Like “ohh I love this coffee and I’m treasuring it”.  I’ve always wanted to capture a moment.  For example, moments like your kid’s first step or when you’re going on a date or when you have yummy food.  I just want to capture those moments.  I always remembered my parents taking pictures all the time and the pictures don’t reflect necessarily what was going on.  It doesn’t bring me back to that feeling.  I’ve also wanted to capture a moment with the emotions behind it.

Melinda: So at what point did you decide to take the risk and start Becky Lew photography?  Since this was a passion, it could have easily stayed as a hobby.

Becky:  So, the funny thing is that I’ve never visualized myself to be a photographer.  Literally for the first year, I was charging people for my photography but I still couldn’t tell people that I was a photographer. I cringed because I would go into sessions and have no idea what I was doing.  I was nervous, scared, didn’t know if I could do it.  How do I interact with these clients?  Am I worthy?  Are these pictures going turn out the way I want them to?  And it’s really something that I journeyed through that year discovering if it was something I could do.  So, after a year, with a lot of cheerleaders and good friends, I finally decided that this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.  So it was definitely a journey.  I didn’t just wake up one day and decided I was going to do Becky Lew photography.  That wasn’t my goal, it was something I hoped for and just to have the confidence to call myself a photographer.

Something else that I also learned is that you really have to know your equipment.  You have to be connected with your purpose and style.

Melinda:  A lot of moms too have to go through that journey to get rid of self doubt and naysayers in order to decide that this is what they want to do.

Becky:

So, here’s some advice I would give moms who’s trying to also be a photographer:

  1. Learn the equipment
  2. What inspires you?  Babies, people?  For me, I am in love with people and telling their stories.  That’s what inspires me!
  3. Just keep doing it and don’t quit.

Melinda: What challenges have you faced?

Becky: I would be up until 2 in the morning learning Photoshop.  I would be pouring over images after images.  I would compare myself to others.  One of the best advice I have is to stop comparing yourself.  I know it’s hard because I still do it myself.  You are comparing yourself with other’s perfect pictures and it just squashes with your creativity.  Believe in who you are and what you’re called to do.

It’s not about how many people’s following you on Social Media.  It’s about your journey and discovering what you are supposed to do.  We are so concerned with what others are doing that we aren’t focusing on what we’re called to do.

Melinda: What has been the most rewarding thing for you?

Becky: One of the most rewarding things is to be able to connect with people and hear their stories.  I love it when a couple comes to me and I hear their story and how they fell in love and being able to capture that on their special day.  Creating something that they can look at when they are fighting or when they’re old.  It’s one of the greatest gift is to capture those moments they can’t get back.  Being able to savor the moments when they are vulnerable with me laughing and crying.  They open themselves up to let me capture who they really are.  I want to be able to share with them of what beauty I see within them.

Melinda:  So what does your kids think about you and your work?

Becky:  When I first started, they were really excited that I have a website!  They are so proud of me for being able to take their photos and they really like it.  They saw it unfold since it wasn’t like I’ve always wanted to be a photographer.  So they see that mommy loves to do something and then now I’m doing it.  And now that they see that their dreams are possible and that they can do it too!

I have amazing friends who walked through the journey with me when I cried and doubted my photos and when I thought there was no way I could do this.  I think the biggest thing is my family, the sacrifices my husband has had to make.  He’s been my rock, he stayed up with me until 2 or 3 in the morning while I was trying to figure things out.  He was sitting next to me but it just takes that person to sit next to you supporting you.

Melinda:  So inspired!  And I hope everyone else is too!  Don’t try to do this by yourself!

Becky:  And there’s going to be naysayers, you’re going to have people who will question and make comments about what you’re trying to do.  If you are called to do something, just do it.  Do it with everything you have, pour everything into it.  Just do it.

Melinda:  I have posted some of your photos on fb.com/aspirely.  You have to check out her photos because your photos should be on anthropology

Becky:  There’s beauty in everyday.  You wake up and you think what is today going to bring.  You need to go out and find the beauty.  Be able to capture something that someone may not see about themselves.

Melinda:  Thank you so much for being here.  She doesn’t do much video so this is definitely a treat!

Interview With Meg Collins, Founder of Lucie’s List

Lucie’s List just reached over 28,000 Subscribers!  Lucie’s List is a survival guide to new moms.  This is an exclusive interview with Meg Collins, Founder of Lucie’s List. Learn how she did it and get her advice on what you MUST do in order to succeed in the the world of mommy blogging.

Melinda: Do you need to be a writer before starting a blog?  Please tell us a bit about your background and Lucie’s List.

Meg: Absolutely not, I’m an industrial engineer and then I got my MBA.  I’ve had many different lives!  I went to Georgia Tech where you don’t really take many writing classes.  It helps to be able to put sentences together and to tell a good story.  I’m a terrible writer, I just write in a very informal tone.  I think that if you can relate to people, you can make it informal.  You’re not writing a thesis.  Good editing is the key.

I started doing Lucie’s List for fun!  Back then, I was broke and gearing for my first baby, I did everything badly!  I formed a mommy group, I copied down all the best practices and started writing about it.  Anyone can do it.  Even engineers!

Melinda: What is your long term vision?

Meg: Lucie’s List is bigger than I could have ever hopped for.  We have built such a great community for women.  I want Lucie’s List to be a resource for new moms who have no idea what they’re doing.  Moms have a great sense of humor and want to get the low down on information.  I talk a lot about maternal health, taking care of yourself emotionally and physically.  Being able to hold someone’s hand through that difficult period is really important.  A lot of us don’t live near our family or friends, so to be able to provide comfort and confidence to new moms, it’s a really great gift.  Secondly, I’m really getting into publishing!  I published a non-fiction book recently.  I learned a lot and would like to enable others to publish as well. I think everybody has a story to tell and everybody is relevant and resourceful through their own experience.

Melinda: What’s your advice for moms who want to start blogging?

Meg: Know what your goal is for the blog.  What are you trying to accomplish?  Some people like to blog just to share as a memoir.  If that’s your purpose, then you can do that tomorrow and sign up for WordPress.  But if you want to syndicate, you really have to look inside yourself and decide what you have to offer.  It’s actually very difficult to make money as a blogger.  You have to figure out your goal and your runway.  If you’re not making money, a lot of people quit.  It’s tough, not easy at all.  In fact, you loose money!

Melinda: What are the 3 MUST DO’s to succeed:

Meg:

1. Figure out your goal

2. Define the audience you’re trying to reach.  There are all kinds of forums and websites where you can find your audience.  If you don’t know, it’s an uphill battle.   You need to define the people you’re trying to reach in order to speak to them directly.

3. Be patient, it really takes a long time to see any results.  This guy Bill Belew was showing graphs at the last blog conference and demonstrated that it actually takes 8-9 months to show traction.  So if you have stopped at month 7, you never would have known what could have happened.

*For bloggers, you have to blog consistently (or you’ll never see that vertical of traction), frequently and be persistent.  Don’t give up or you’ll never see the vertical piece of the curve

Melinda: I see bloggers who blog about minutiae… yet they are so popular.  Why is that?

Meg: That doesn’t happen very often, you have to be very funny like the Bloggess.  Or have a brand behind you and have followers already.  You have to make sure people care about what you have to say.

Me:  Thank you Meg for your honesty!  Again, we are so proud of you!  If you’d like to connect with her, feel free to place a comment or question below!

Meg: Can I add something?

Everybody has a story to tell.  If it’s writing a book, I think the market is wide open using the tools that are available right now.  If women want to make income, they can become an expert and talk about it.  It’s an open field right now!

3 Ways to Start Investing In Yourself

 

Imagine yourself 5 years from now, are you going to be satisfied with your life exactly the way it is right now?  Taking time out to invest in yourself is GOOD for you and your family! Here are 3 ways to help you get started in taking action towards living the life you’ll love.

  1. STOP the Guilt: Rekindle with your passion and indulge in things you LOVE to do!  The trick to NOT feeling guilty is your mindset!  Once you realize that taking time out to do the things you love will in turn make you a more patient mother and attentive wife.  Haven’t you heard of the phrase “Happy Wife, Happy Life”?
  2. Take Baby Steps:  What is one little thing can you do TODAY that will bring you closer      to the life you want to live.  Do one LITTLE thing per day and before long, look back and you’ll see HUGE progress.
  3. Talk More:  Make sure you are constantly talking about the things you are doing with friends and family!  If it’s something you love, you’ll have no problems talking about it!  Getting support and validation will encourage you to continue!

The key is to make progress!  Here’s a thought…  Progress leads to Growth which leads to Happiness!

 

 

 

Andrea Galbreath on how YOU can Transform Yourself to a Happier New You

Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet? If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel Click HERE! We will continue to feature regular moms who is doing amazing things! Stay tuned!

We have a special treat for you!  I am personally introducing you all to Andrea Galbreath who has giving you fitness tips and advice every Tuesday here on Aspirely!

Please tell us your story.

I am a transformation specialist because I transformed myself from someone who was very unhappy and unhealthy to someone who’s very happy and now the healthiest in my life.

I was 200 pounds, size 18 and on high blood pressure medicine.  I just knew I needed to change.  So now I feel great and fabulously happy!

What was your final straw that inspired you to take action?

I was around 31, my blood pressure creeping up, didn’t feel good about myself, didn’t like the way I looked, I felt tired all the time and emotionally, I felt like something was missing.  I didn’t know what it was that I wanted by I knew what I didn’t want.  And I didn’t want to feel like that.  So I decided to fix it.  I started by exercising and eating right.

What are you vision for IGIG Wellness?

My passion and goal is to get people healthy.  Everybody can create their own healthy lifestyle that fits and real.  I am a busy mom of 3, I am the care taker for my elderly grandfather, my nephew lives with me and my husband.  I know that it’s hard to make time.  But that is essential.  Now that I am healthy and happy, I’m more present with my kids and family.  I can now really make a difference with them.  That is the best thing I ever did for my family was to get myself healthy.

What is the key element to transformation success?

Other than commitment, I’d say for a women or mother, it would be to not feel guilty for taking time out of the day to exercise.  For me, I took one hour per day of concentrated effort of getting myself healthy.  It was tough to tell my friends that I’m going to exercise instead of lunching with them.  That was really tough, but my true friends understood and they were supportive.

 

Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet? If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube Channel Click HERE!  We will continue to feature regular moms who is doing amazing things!  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

5 Quick Ways to Stick To Your New Year Resolutions!

Most New Year resolutions drop off and disappear after only 18 days!  Here are a few tricks to lessen your chances of falling off the wagon…

1.  Don’t make too many resolutions at one time, start with a couple, complete it and go on to your next goal.  Having too many at once will only overwhelm you!  Baby steps… baby steps…

2.  Write it down:  The chance of you accomplishing a goal increases by 70% just by writing it down!  So what are you waiting for??  Write it down!

3.  Share it with friends:  Support and accountability is HUGE when it comes to getting through challenges on your journey.  Let your friends help you!  They may have resources that you may not have.

4.  Get out of your own way:  If you are trying to stop eating junk, stop buying them!  That’s it!  Lessen your risk of you falling off the wagon by not putting yourself in situations where you may be tempted.