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

Hi Kristi, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I feel like I have a good grasp on a work-life balance. I manage my schedule, based on the needs of my kids, their activities, time set aside with my husband, family events, birthday parties, vacations, and everything in between. My business is very important but I know my kids are only in my house for a short time so I will never allow my work to take that time away from me. Now, because much of my work is at my own home {I shoot mainly at our place with props I’ve had built or purchased}, I make sure that the time I spend with my time is high quality. My kids don’t have devices. We ride horses, have practice time in our arena, play games, talk and interact with each other, without electronics. Sounds crazy, I know! We invest our time in a small circle of the very best of friends and they invest their time back in our family. It works out perfectly. God first, marriage & family next, and then everything else. I keep that at the forefront of my life and career.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Setting my self apart comes with my own style. My own brainstorming. Sure, I absolutely get inspirations but I enjoy incorporating lifestyles into my photography by sometimes using animals while trying to capture raw emotions. I’ve had a variety of props & structures built on our place to be able to shoot mainly in one location but give a look of numerous locations.

I am truly excited and proud I get to provide for our family while enjoying my clients, animals, AND make people smile when they see the love & happiness shown in my photographs.

To get where I am today: I took a risk when I decided to move away from being a public school educator and become a full time photographer. For the last couple years while I was teaching I had two babies, taught all day and would shoot a couple evenings each week while building up my business. They were long days but totally worth the fact I was able to work from home when we had our third baby.

Some lessons I’ve learned is, well, sometimes our risks of challenges pay off.

Sometimes they don’t. But, combined with heart, hard work, and prayer the risks I choose to take will always be because I’m following a bigger plan. I follow my heart, I brainstorm, and always WORK HARD. I have 4 kids, own my own business, homeschool one kid, keep a little one at home, and send 2 to public school. Nothing comes easy but its all worth it for my definition of “success”. I believe my marriage plays a major role in my ability to do all of this. It’s important that my kids see what a loving marriage and relationship looks like.

My brand is a reflection of my lifestyle and love for life, animals & family. I don’t necessarily define my success through my business or how much money I make.

I define it and want my brand to show how happy my family is, how happy my clients are, and how happy I am. I’m blessed.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Carly Melancon with Desert Canary Design is ALWAYS encouraging me, sending me audio books to listen to, brainstorming our businesses AND creating super cool one-of-a-kind furniture to shoot with in my sessions.

Website: www.KristiBracewellPhotography.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kristibracewell

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

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