We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Binder and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When the pandemic hit I lost every revenue stream I had in place and needed to start fresh. My partner has his own business and was extremely supportive and encouraging in getting me started on my own entrepreneurial path. I’ve always been obsessed with photography and have been taking photos worldwide for many years. It felt so natural to turn this passion of mine into a business and I couldn’t be happier that I made that leap and began this journey! 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up in an environment that was very pro-creativity, I’ve always pursued artistic expression in some form. I’ve been painting throughout my entire life and have a degree in Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I’ve been taking photos to document my many adventures, including traveling to many other countries and studying abroad in France. I’ve also modeled, for clothing companies and also in studio environments as an art model. Photography is my main pursuit right now and my experience in all these other artistic areas has contributed greatly to my abilities and passion as a photographer. The most important lesson I’ve learned from these experiences is the importance of consciously and consistently maintaining curiosity of the world and pursuing learning and growth above all else.

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?
Right now unfortunately most of my favorite places are closed due to the pandemic so I spend most of my free time outdoors. Golden Gate Park is great for exploring, especially on the weekend when there’s tons of people around. There’s often drum circles and roller disco. I also love Lake Merritt in Oakland and recently discovered a beautiful redwood forest, Reinhardt Redwood Park, about 30 mins from the city.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband has been such a rock for me throughout this process of venturing into professional photography. He runs his own business and has been pushing me to do the same for a long time. It really is true that once you begin working for yourself you’ll never want to work for someone else again! My father has also always been extremely supportive in my educational and entrepreneurial pursuits. I couldn’t be more grateful to have them both in my life, providing my with unending guidance and support.

Website: www.emilypillon.photography
Instagram: @emilypillonphoto

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