Today we are going to speak to Natanis Davidsen, a professional photographer with over 20-years experience as an entrepreneur. Natanis is creative, passionate, and works toward the larger goal of connecting generations of people through her art.
An Interview with Natanis Davidsen
What do you do and who do you do it for?
I am a photographer and I offer my services to anyone needing professional photographs. I specialize in women’s beauty portraits and pet portraits, but I am available and experienced in all genres of photography.
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love people and animals and I love being creative. It’s an opportunity to capture the beauty of an individual’s life in portraits that will outlive us all, so that future generations can see who was there before them and was deeply loved in their family history.
If you were to have a tagline, what would it be?
I do have a tagline! It is “Art for your heart” 🙂
What motivated you to enter your field of work?
First of all there was a need in my community for a photographer, and then I realized it would fulfill the desire I had to have a job that was both flexible and profitable so that I could be available fully for my children when they needed me. It eliminated the 9-5 madness I felt chained to.
What are the greatest challenges you have faced in business and how did you overcome them?
The greatest challenges I have faced in business are getting healthy within myself to focus on the job. When your personal life is a mess it’s hard to focus on your work. I have taken one step at a time to find peace within myself and create a life I truly love. That meant cutting away people who were destructive to my mental health and setting priorities in my life of being healthy and positive. Only then can you really focus on serving others with your whole heart.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself if you were just starting out?
Know yourself first and then surround yourself with people who are like-minded. If the people around you are not supportive, limit what you share. Not everyone needs to know your business. Also know your business inside and out. You owe it to your clients to be able to provide them with only the best. That means before you start accepting money you need to know every aspect of running your business, from keeping books and managing your finances to providing the best services and product. Most businesses fail within the first five years because they are not properly educated and prepared.
What tools do you use in your business to make you more profitable?
Networking is number one. When you serve people at the highest level of your abilities they will become evangelists for your work and send people your way. Essentially they do the work for you of bringing people through your door. You also need to know how to serve people at a high level of excellence. How you speak to them, your appearance, what you offer them as a solution to their need, these things all need to be done with excellence and with the client’s experience in mind. Their experience should be exceptional. They should feel amazing from their interaction with you. You also need to educate them every step of the way so they understand what it is you are offering. Knowledge is power. The more they know about what you can provide them the higher the chance is they will respond positively.
How do you personally influence your own revenue to grow?
It’s in who I am. When I focus on my needs everything becomes a struggle. When I focus on meeting the needs of others the revenue flows more easily.
What parting wisdom can you share with our audience today and how can we get a hold of you?
There is no success without failure, and every failure is a set up to succeed because it shows you what NOT to do. You cannot fail if you do not quit!
I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by cell phone (text or call) at 306-240-5445!