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

Hi Heather, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is a critical component to any entrepreneur’s success. I’ve always been a risk taker, even going back to my childhood. There is an element of magic that risk taker’s possess. Every business concept that exists does so because someone was willing to push their innovation and dreams out into the world willing to fail, but believing they won’t. Most risk taking entrepreneurs do face disappointments at some point or another. I have certainly felt disappointment in my own business on multiple occasions, but I’ve learned to pivot when necessary and go at it from a different angle. The point to all of it is take the risk, but be absolutely tenacious about it. When you hit a brick wall, find a way around it or over it. You truly only fail when you quit. As a general rule I believe those willing to take the risks acquire the most success, or at least have the potential to.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m Heather Glenn, the owner + lead photographer at Elysian Bloom. I have been a photographer for eight years and my specialities are both weddings + boudoir. I love to add a touch of playfulness + sexiness to the weddings I shoot. I firmly believe romantic love is a thing to be celebrated and captured so I love tapping into this element with my couples. For boudoir, I love to inspire women to connect with their inner goddess and sensual self. My company began with boudoir and then weddings were added a year or two later. When I was creating my business and thinking of a name for boudoir, I loved the words elysian (meaning: relating to a heavenly scene) and bloom (meaning: the time of greatest beauty) I thought the words together symbolized what I hoped to capture in my clients. A woman fully embracing herself and relishing in her beauty that would be captured for her to look back on years to come. When I added wedding photography, I thought the name was perfect for that as well.

I have had many successes and failures in my business. Being a self employed photographer is not for the faint of heart. It takes pure will power and grit to get through some days. I’ve learned that by focusing on progress, I can get through these times easier. Progress of some kind every day, no matter how small was the key for me. Every day, I nurture my business just like I would a relationship with a person. I give to it and spend time figuring out ways to improve it and every year it gets better and easier. The failure rate of photographers is 85% within the first five years and only the top 5% make over $100,000. It takes massive amounts of self discipline and determination. I decided when I began I would go with a ten year plan of reinvesting everything extra I make beyond my bills back into my business. There were days I wanted to buy designer bags and clothes like my friends and other women around me, but I didn’t. Instead, I bought cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, marketing ads and more. Now my business pretty much runs itself with very little effort. I’ve got a little over a year to go and I’ll definitely be rewarding myself with a bag or extravagant vacation.

This last year, I had wedding publications featured in both People Magazine and The New York Times. So far, those have been the most exciting moments of my career. I’m excited to see what’s next!

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?
I live downtown so I love being able to walk to the different hot spots. My friends and I always seem to end up at Catbird, so I’d say that’s definitely my favorite place. I also really love the vibe at Bowen House. One thing I love about Dallas is that you can go out 100 days in a row and find a new cool place every single day. The options are truly endless in this city!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My interest in photography piqued after watching my cousin Jamie Cobb run her highly business – www.photoville.com. She actually did a boudoir session for me about 12 years ago and I loved the way it made me feel. It brought me tremendous confidence and I saw myself in a better light so that is a gift I will never forget. I eventually decided to become a photographer based on that session.

There are many other people who contributed to my success, but mainly I’m appreciative of everyone who believed in me and encouraged me.

Website: www.elysianbloom.com

Instagram: @elysianbloom @elysianbloomboudoir @styledwed @the.digital.squad

Image Credits
Elysian Bloom Photography

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