We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurie Endsley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I don’t think work life balance is a real thing! If I am working, I am being asked to play dinosaurs. If I am playing with my kids or taking care of my family my work to do list seems to grow by the minute. Since I work at home there is no clocking out for either job, which I think is how a lot of us creatives work. The balance has changed over time, as I have become more efficient in my job and my children have gotten older the balance has gotten a lot better. Now, when my kids are in studio while I work they are an amazing help. My oldest is THE BEST at getting my littlest clients to smile and over the years my clients have watched my kids grow up so having them work with me is never a problem. I’m editing or blogging its an edit and a load or laundry or a blog and playing dinosaurs. Most of the time when I am editing there are dinosaurs and dolls in the background and kids making sound effects. (That is literally what is happening now!) I used to try to set times and guidelines but I found it work for me. So I instituted a more fluid work and family flow. I spend a little time working and then I do something for my family. After sometime with the family I go cross something off my work list. Realizing that I can’t spend ridged blocks of time in either “life” has certainly made maintaining a balance easier!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Oh, goodness. This is actually a hard question for me… I think what sets me apart from other is that the photography part of my business is secondary to knowing my clients. Which is weird, I know and is not how other approach their photography. Let me explain… I love photography, from the snap of my shutter to the editing. But what I adore, the thing that makes me schedule that next session is my clients. For me, there is something about meeting my client new or returning that I completely enjoy. I love finding out about them and talking to them. I love entertaining the kids and making them laugh. Knowing how my clients met or what kind of joke their child laughs at is the most fulfilling part of my job, so I let what i love, my clients, dictate the session. When I can make a client relax and have fun during a session, the photography just comes. I don’t really pose or direct, I just talk. we get to know each other and create art at the same time.
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?
Brass tap in Prosper- they have an amazing list of beers on tap and on Wednesday night they have music bingo. If it is spring time you can’t miss the Dallas Arboretum and the concerts on Thursday nights. Usually, they have cover bands and you can bring in a picnic and wine and enjoy an evening in a gorgeous spot. I apparently love the outdoors because we would hit Top Golf and Arbor Hills for a hike in Plano! Pecan Lodge down in Deep Ellum has amazing BBQ and is well worth the wait! And the Bomb Factory would no doubt have an awesome band playing (Drop Kick Murphys come next month!) If you are cruising Dallas a stop at The Perot is always a good idea! and Clyde Warren park ALWAYS has something going on… The new Legacy West area in Plano is really cool with lots to see including Legacy Hall which houses a ton of restuaunts.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, my husband! My husband bought me my first camera for a Valentine’s Day gift over a decade ago and then proceeded to be my biggest supporter and biggest fan. He watches the kids on his days off, he has met me after work to pick the kids up from me before a client arrives at a location. He has really showed how much he believes in me and it makes me want to be the best photographer and wife I can be.
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