We had the good fortune of connecting with Will Hawkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Will, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process on starting a business was that I never wanted to work for anyone. I’ve always craved freedom since childhood, I hated school so by the time I became a teenager I knew I had to find a career that would allow me the freedom to move and navigate the world in the way I wanted without constraint.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My love for the technical aspect of photography is what sets me apart I believe. I watch the sun and like using artificial light to create images that are natural.
I got to where I’m at today by perseverance and determination, also The Most High has given me things that I didn’t imagine possible.
Making it in business is never easy, I overcame the obstacles because I’ve always kept my heart in it.
One major thing I’ve learned along the way is that you can never quit. My Dad told me there are two rules in life and business, “Rule number one is don’t quit, and Rule number two is don’t forget rule number one.”
I want the world to know that I never gave up and that I wanted to leave the photography industry better than it found me.
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?
I’m not really the person to ask that haha I work a lot so going out isn’t really my thing. However, Virginia Beach and the entire 757 is a great place to be depending on the time of year. If it’s warm we can go to the beaches and check out some of the places to shop and drink.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A person I believe that has helped me tremendously was Glenn Fajota, of Glenn Fajota photography.