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

Hi Rebekah, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I’ll get back to this question when I have balance figured out. There was a podcast and the interviewee said they didn’t like the concept of work/life balance because it never is balanced and I think that’s true. It’s never balanced but constantly changing. We don’t have the typical family routine of most. My husband is an environmental scientist and spends a lot of the year traveling; as I write this, he’s headed away for a week and was away for a week last week. Leaving me at home with two small kiddos, one which I also homeschool, trying to keep the house manageable, get some sleep, maybe read a novel, and, yeah, run a business. Every week for us is changing, so we have to change constantly what the day will look like (it does however, always have a hot cup of coffee), what do we want to accomplish, etc. Biggest suggestions are to schedule your priorities, what are important dates for you? I know people who don’t shoot weddings on their own anniversary. We love doing family costumes for the Fort Worth Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, so I always block out one of those dates. We keep one weekend a month free so we can have down time. Doing nothing counts as plans! As an introvert I need time to do nothing social to recharge my batteries and now look forward to the precious time we can see friends but also when we are just spending the weekend home. If there is something you really want to happen, do it first (or if it’s something your really DON’T want to do but it NEEDS to be done). This is such a relief if the day gets away from you. Automate wherever possible, and outsource when you can. There’s no need to spend your time spinning tires doing work over and over again that you could build a template for; same goes for social media, schedule that stuff! Take one big block of time and prep posts so they’re good to go, you can still make a change if you feel the need to later on. If it’s something someone else can do for you, outsource! At my point in my business, I can still handle many of the reins, and still enjoy it, but as we continue to grow I will be looking for ways to lighten my load and give the work to others better at it than me. Outsourcing doesn’t have to be big either, after we had our second born we got a roomba, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ve outsourced my vacuuming and it is lovely.

What should our readers know about your business?
My drive as a photographer, especially as a wedding photographer, is to be a real resource to my clients. Whether they’re planning their wedding, choosing somewhere to order prints and wall art, even just picking outfits for their session, I want to be there to help them through the process. I see photography as an experience, not a product, and I am the guide. I feel like I just fell into this. My background is in biology but my husband gave me my first “big” camera for Christmas just before our wedding. I remember there were a bunch of candles in our fireplace and I got wrapped up in taking photos of them. Then we took engagement photos for some dear friends, then lived in Europe and everywhere was a photo opportunity. I did a few family sessions for friends then others started asking me for my services; we shot our first wedding and loved it. I’ve even delved into campaign photography which is a whole other experience. I’ve had the luxury of taking my time to build this business, so I spend time soaking up educational courses in podcasts, letting me go through this process with wisdom of others who has gone before me.

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.
Brewed on Magnolia street is the first thing that comes to mind, we’d go there for brunch. Now I’m a momma, so odds are one or both of us would have a kiddo in tow, so we’d probably visit the zoo, I could flashback to my animal background and get to share are the facts still bobbing around in my head. I enjoy stand-up paddling board but have yet to do it at Panther Island, so if weather’s good, I’d take the opportunity of their visit to stop by and check it out. Follow up with coffee, maybe at Buon Giorno’s or maybe find somewhere new, then head to Sundance Square. I love wandering the streets downtown, looking for fun new spots. Finish the night with dinner at the Reata, then catch a show at the AMC palace 9 or if there’s something fun at the Bass Hall.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Family, friends

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Image Credits
Lydia Nelson Photography

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