We had the good fortune of connecting with Cristy Wise and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cristy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Family has always been the most important thing to me. I’ve dedicated the past twenty-two years of my life to staying home with my four children and homeschooling them. Capturing moments with my camera has been a staple in our home. My sweet husband of twenty-four years provided me with a camera to capture all the milestone in our children’s lives. In 2015 I began to dream about what would fill my days once the homeschooling days are over. My love for photography was the obvious choice. It feeds my extroverted self while allowing me to make connections with people I would never otherwise meet.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I enjoy meeting new people and capturing those special moments in their lives. My all-time favorite subject to photograph would be high school seniors and weddings. The senior has so much excitement and hope for what lies ahead. Getting to know each individual, their personality and what makes them unique has been a fun adventure. On a wedding day I have the opportunity to be apart of the most intimate circle the bride and groom have around them. Witnessing the tears as Dad sees his little girl all dressed up in her dream dress. Watching Mom wipe the tears as she dances with her newly married son. Everything about the wedding day is magical, I’m honored to be a part of that moment in a couple’s life.

It has been a slow process for me as I juggle being a homeschooling mom, business owner, wife and mother. I found myself struggling with comparison for so many years. I’ve learned that comparison kills all creativity and passion. I’m not like the next photographer down the road, my circumstances are different as well, so to compare myself to someone else isn’t fair to me and my business. Overcoming these obstacles has been through the help of a very supportive group of women. Fellow photographers who are community driven vs competition driven. Having a strong support group has been key to my growth and success.

I’ve learned that with any creative outlet there is always room for improvement and that we will NEVER learn everything there is to know. To be a life long learner will carry you far in your pursuit of the dream you have in your heart. Finding a community of like minded individuals enriches the journey. I’m blessed to have several photographers around me to act as a sound board for ideas and cheerleaders for this roller coaster ride. I’m passionate about practicing my craft and continually furthering my education.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live near Mineral Wells, home of The Baker Hotel and The Crazy Water Hotel. I would definitely start out with shopping at the boutiques located in The Crazy Water hotel. We would make our way down the street to my favorite coffee shop. Coffee and Cocktails has some of the best coffee and if you’re in the mood for a drink, their margaritas are delicious. They have a wonderful menu to order brunch. We could extend our shopping at The Market at 76067, there are numerous local vendors all in one location. I’m a fan of the lake and Possum Kingdom lake is the perfect place to rent a few jet skis to cool down in the Texas heat. Heading into Grapevine we would stay in a beautiful room at the Gaylord Resort. I’m a fan of stakes so we would stop by Ruth’s Chris Steak House for dinner. I enjoy walking, I love finding places that have a beautiful backdrop to admire while walking. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or Fort Worth Botanical Garden would be my ideal place to walk with friends while we catch up.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband, Chris is the one who provided me with my very first camera. He continues to be the most supportive person in my life. As an entrepreneur himself, he knows the struggles that come with running your own business. He encourages me to keep going when things become difficult and always believes in my abilities as a photographer.

Second shout out would have to be the education material that Roberto Valenzuela has published. In 2017 I came across a Creative Live class that he taught regarding all things photography. From there I purchased all six of his Picture Perfect eduction books and studied the wealth of knowledge they held. This past year I had the opportunity to attend a workshop in Dallas taught by Roberto.. This was the icing on the cake for me; to sit and listen to him teach in person. Roberto is truly an exceptional educator, photographer and friend.

Website: www.cristywisephotography.com

Instagram: @cristywisephotography

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cristywisephotography

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