Amanda Webb, Owner of WebbyPics Photography, is a Vancouver-based photographer who specializes in capturing images of children between the ages of three months and three years old. She also focuses on maternity, kids, families, and events.
Name: Amanda Webb
Business: WebbyPics Photography
Education: Master of Business Management, UBC
Location: Vancouver, BC
Describe your most recent business success and tell us about your next big goal. What’s up next?
I’m doing a Kickstarter campaign to create a photo book of young dancers from South Africa, with part of the proceeds going to a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for children to dance and learn.
How would you define success?
Doing what you love!
Can you offer any advice for new graduates looking for a job or new entrepreneurs?
Think about what you love to do, what you could spend hours and hours doing, and get lost in. Really figure out what it is you love, and then go for it!
Give us the ‘inside scoop’ – what does a day in your business life look like?
I’m typically either doing photo shoots, editing, doing social media, or communicating with clients about their sessions. I’m also working on my own photography projects.
What types of customers are in your business ‘pink book’ and who are you looking to connect with?
My main customers are families who have young children, or are starting to have kids. I’m always keen to meet more! I also photograph dancers and yogis, so if that’s up your alley, send me a message.
If you were not doing this job, what is your plan B? Are you still chasing your dream job?
I would still be taking photos, I love it!
Do you think it’s important to love what you do, or make good money?
Definitely love what you do!
Is owning your own business as glamorous as it sounds?
It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun work that you’re always obsessing about anyway, so it often doesn’t feel like work.
What inspired you to start your own business? What made you decide to take the leap?
I wanted to do something that I’d really enjoy, instead of just getting a 9-5 job where I’d be sitting at a desk all day. I first started out just doing photo shoots for fun, but I kept getting more and more requests, and finally decided to take the plunge to make it my work.
Where did you get your education? Tell us about this experience.
I went to the University of British Columbia, where I majored in Psychology, and then got a Master’s in Business Management (at Sauder School of Business).
What was your first job after college/ university?
Working for a non-profit organization mentoring and funding new entrepreneurs.
What are your tips for setting yourself apart in the workplace?
Make the effort to get to know people, to learn about them, and remember them. Remember their names. It’s important.
How do you achieve work/ life balance? How do you unplug?
I try to do something active every day. I love to dance and practice yoga – they’re my escape!
What are your plans for expansion?
To build my business even more, and create more photo books to showcase wonderful people, talents, and places, and to give back.
What is your favourite travel hot spot?
I go to South Africa very frequently, and absolutely love Cape Town. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Contact Amanda Webb:
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