We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgen Hooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgen, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think most entrepreneurs will tell you that this is a question that comes up periodically in particular when the self doubt starts to creep in and we question if we’ve made the right decision. What’s interesting though is when I was a kid, both success and failure wasn’t even a thought. It didn’t matter. I didn’t even know what those things were. I just dreamt about doing something that made me happy, fulfilled me or made me look to the future with excitement. I take that same approach now as an adult with a small business. I LOVE what I do, and as long as it fulfills me and brings me joy I’m going to continue to do it. If that ever stops I’ll know it’s time to pivot and re-invent. I don’t believe in giving up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a portrait photographer with a focus on Family. I chose to work primarily with families and children because I want to give families a visual representation of their love to look back on. I grew up with divorced parents and had nearly zero pictures of my parents and siblings together. I vividly remember wishing I had photos to show that my parents were in love, that my family was unified and that I was a part of that. I get to do that now for other kids. I get to create a moment for their family, capture it and as they grow they can see how much love surrounded them. It’s so rewarding to help people see the love in their own lives. I’m really proud that my clients trust me and enjoy my style. It’s not always been easy and it’s tough in a creative field to not get caught up in the comparison game. To overcome that I’ve had to put blinders on and focus on my craft, always pushing myself to create in my own way and embrace a style that is my own. I’ve learned that it’s not the photo that gets you the clients, it’s who you are as a person. Sharing our vulnerabilities makes us relatable and trustworthy, the art is the icing. My brand is about genuine connection, fun, and love. I love what I do so much and I’m blessed to have a business that allows me to witness the good stuff life has to give every day.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m grateful to have so many who have supported me in this but the one who is most deserving of a shoutout is my husband Brandon Hooper. It’s rare to meet people in life that are truly selfless but he is. He never raised an eyebrow at the idea of starting my business. He’s gone to shoots with me and wrangled equipment. He’s watched our favorite shows alone with all my late nights editing and he’s distracted our son so I could jump on client calls, or work long events with zero complaints. He’s even put up with all the craft stuff eating up space in our tiny apartment when I was first starting out and making all my own setups. When I’ve had doubts or been frustrated he’s encouraged me and reminded me how far I’ve come and honestly if it weren’t for his support it would have been MUCH harder to be where I am. Thank you Mr. Hooper for always believing in me and giving me a boost when I’m reaching further than I have before. I love you.
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