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

Hi Slevin, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Never give up. Change direction, look for alternatives or even move the goal posts. Success is never a straight line its a jumbled mess of ideas and failures. If you are set on achieving your goals but struggling to find success take a minute and re-evaluate where you are and where you want to be. There is no shame is taking a break, slowing down or changing course. Over the years my goals have changed shape or scope but I kept my focus on making those goals a reality. Sometimes that may mean accepting that it will take longer to reach your goal, or that when you get there it looks different than when you started. I think a lot of people have this image in their mind that you have to set a specific goal and reach it in the first shot. No one sees the messy truth that it takes the ability to adapt and accept that life has a tendency to change your plans for you.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
In California, and especially in SoCal, rents are extremely high and in the last 10 years the nature of photography as an income source has drastically changed. Its difficult to be a full time photographer with your own studio for a large percentage of photographers. Without your own studio you are limited where you can shoot or you have to go through a process to get permits; unless you chance getting getting caught without a film permit which presents its own set of issues. This is where we come in. Elysium Studio is part of a growing niche of photography studios where you can rent a shoot space without the major overhead of running it all yourself. Since this is a growing niche within the industry there are a lot of different ways this is being done. We set ourselves apart at Elysium Studio by providing everything you need in one location. Most items are included with the hourly rental fee: Lighting Equipment, Sets, Props and most other things needed. We have some extra charges for add-ons such as wardrobe and consumable items but even with those you can get everything you need without breaking the bank. We build a lot of our own props and decorate the studio with season items for the major holidays as well so there is always something new and fresh. At Elysium Studio we also pride ourselves on making everyone feel at home. We hang work from photographers and models in the office to promote others and we started a magazine, ætherium Magazine, that we use to feature work made in the studio. All designed around making the space feel like yours while you are with us. Currently we are also working on expanding our offerings to include more educational opportunities and networking meetups. We had started these before the pandemic but with limitations on intermingling we have put those on hold. As soon as we can have large group gatherings again we are looking forward to bringing those back along with group shoots and some other new ideas we are working on.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We aren’t big on clubs or parties so for us it would be a small intimate gathering. Probably involving some local cemeteries. Inglewood Park is where we were married so that would be high on the list of places to visit. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The main person who deserves to mentioned here is my wife Maria Mors, who stands with me side-by-side, at Elysium Studio. We are a partnership and part of our success comes from our ability to work together and share the load. Things are not always easy and can take their toll when stressful but at the end of the day we work together and bounce back. The other person who needs to be mentioned is my mom. We are a small family run business with a toddler and no employees. That means its either my wife or myself at the studio and most days its both of us. This means we have to run the business while entertaining a 2 year old (who is frustrated about being locked up all the time in a pandemic). My mom comes to the studio most days in the week to assist by watching our son or helping with all the extra pandemic related cleaning and sanitation.

Website: https://Elysium.Studio
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ElysiumStu
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/public-profile/in/slevin-mors
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElysiumStu
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/elysium-studio-garden-grove

Image Credits
Photographer: Slevinmors Models: WalkaShame, Dollya Black, Jessica, Devyn, Dematerializing

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