We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Webb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I have been working in the photography industry for 6 years. When I first started out, I can attest that as a photographer I tried to take on every gig that was offered to me. It was my way of putting my self out there, practicing my skills, and showing diversity in my portfolio. From wedding photography, headshots, portraits, food, interior, architecture etc. I did it all. It has only been the last two years that I have taken time to do the leg work to have consistency in my business. Defining my services, filtering my clientele, and providing a certain aesthetic with my work has all been a huge part in helping me find balance in my day to day work flow. When you run a business as a “one woman show” you play many hats. Administrator, CEO, assistant, project manager, editor, creative director, and the list goes on. Being able to discover the things I love to do with photography and build on that momentum has allowed me to grow as a business and as a person. Having balance in your personal life as well as your business is imperative. Staying on a schedule helps me accomplish so many task and any surprises that come along with each of my projects. Nothing is really concrete when it comes to a photo session. A client can cancel their session, equipment may get ruined, or the weather takes a turn for the worst. Finding time to be prepared for these kind of mishaps is just another way of having a balance on things.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a photographer who kicked off their career in 2013 at the Art Institute. There I got my Bachelors in Digital Photography and went full time in 2017. It took me a while to narrow down what I love, but I now specialize in headshots, portraits, and branding. I think what sets me a part from others is the experience I provide. I strive to make the process from booking with me to delivering my client’s photos a memorable one. I also love to be hands on with my clients. Being hands-on allows me to not only get to know them, but build a relationship. This is important to me because it allows me to capture people being their true selves. Another reason I like to be hands on with my client’s is that word of mouth I have learned is the number one marketing tool. Maya Angelou said it best, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” One of the things that my photography has allowed me to do is speak out about uncomfortable situations that I wouldn’t normally talk about such as politics. I am grateful that I have a platform that allows me to speak freely and others can relate. For my 30th birthday, I had my first solo exhibition show. This showed exhibited all of the work I had done during my time at the Art Institute starting in 2013 up until 2019 well after I graduated. It was an opportunity to show old and new clients what I was capable of creatively and where I was headed. It allowed me to take a step back and appreciate what I have done so far in this photography journey of mine.
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?
This is a really great question! Since a lot of my family and friends are from Louisiana I have a few seafood places that are close to the Louisiana taste and feel we all love I would take them to Dodie’s Seafood in Lower Greenville, I love their catfish dinner and past monica. I would also let them experience Nate’s Seafood and Steakhouse in Addison who have a great boiled shrimp platter, and finally Krab Kingsz in Little Elm who I have fell in love with for their fried shrimp. The batter they use at Krab Kingz is one of a kind and a taste I have never experienced before them! For entertainment, Studio movie grill is always a great experience. I think living in Texas for 7 years now I have become accustom to full course meals and drinks in the movie theater. It is something that is foreign to family and friends back home. Texas Live is definitely an experience, especially when it is game night! The staff, the people, the atmosphere is definitely a place you want to be during a Monday or Sunday night. Small intimate places would be Half Price Book Stores. They have plenty of locations in the DFW metroplex. I love their great deals on books as well as CDs and records. A lot of my family love that vinyl sound and invest in collecting “the oldies”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has been a huge support system in my growth as a photographer. Any unsure decision about taking a chance on art school or taking on projects I believe I couldn’t do, they believed enough in me that I could do it. They provided a safe place for me to unwind when I needed to step away from the work and get a different perspective with Sunday dinners and taking time to celebrate others. I move to Dallas in 2013, and my distance family here in Texas invited me with open arms.