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

Hi Kim, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Honestly my intentions were to just take nice family pictures of my kids. Then other people asked if I’d take their photos too. When they started offering me money to do it I knew then that this is a business. I can get paid for something I love to do!

Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

My art is family photography. My shooting style includes candid, posed and lifestyle storytelling imagery. My editing style is colorful, bright and vibrant. I love capturing emotion, love and the bond between families which include the couple’s bond, parent’s bond with their children and the bond between siblings.

What sets me apart is that I under promise and always over-deliver.

My client experience includes giving my clients a sneak peek image from their session within 48 hours.

I live by the famous quote by Maya Angelou that reads …. “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” My client experience supports that. Being consistent is key with any business. Once I set up my automated systems I could ensure every client was getting the same superb experience. It wasn’t easy setting up and finding the right systems but once they were in place business life is much easier and enjoyable!!

Lessons I’ve learned along the way include that there really is no right or wrong way of doing things. Implementing new things is always trial and error. You have to be ok with failing. Not everything is going to work for you as it works for others but you’ll never know if you don’t try. You can sugar coat “FAILURE” with acronyms and all that but it is what it is and you must be ok with taking risks knowing that they may not work out and be successful.
I’d love to shout-out my husband Mike who is my number one fan and supporter. He believes in me more than I believe in myself sometimes. My bestie is my business buddy who helps me see things in other perspectives. My biggest shout out is to God. He’s always there and faithful to guide me where I need to go. He’s The CEO of my business.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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?
A great place to visit in the area is River Grill off the Tomoka River in Ormond Beach, FL.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
After deciding that I wanted to truly be a photographer with my own business I knew I needed images for my portfolio. My wonderful friends and family were my models. They allowed me to practice a lot with them and I’m thankful.

Website: www.KimStewardPhotography.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimstewardphotography/

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/kimberly-steward-pa-ascp-76608a10

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kimdstew?s=21

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/KimStewardPhotography/

Other: Pinterest https://pin.it/1ovA9BH https://pin.it/zqarrm3anxdreu

Image Credits
Kim Steward Photography (me)

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