We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I gave birth to my daughter in February 2020. Before I became a mom I was used to booking any kind of session at any kind of day/time. My husband would come along and be my assistant. We were the perfect combo. Now with my baby girl here things have drastically changed. Work life balance now has a whole new meaning for me. I now have to honor my schedule because I have fifty other things to do at home like pumping, breastfeeding, and the other million new things that come with motherhood. I can no longer spend hours editing photos and updating my social media. I even had to put a pause on shooting weddings. It’s a huge adjustment, but it is so worth it. I want to be able to experience all the first moments and milestones in her life. I also want to make sure I’m not spreading myself too thin with work and family life. So, if that means I have to shoot a bit less, or bring my baby to sessions so I can nurse her in the backseat of my car, then I’m OK with that. I think so far the balance is working for me and my family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always been a creative. I love to dance and choreograph moves. I also enjoy crafting and decorating my home. These are all great outlets for me. What sets me apart is how I view the world. I can see the beauty in an old dirt field and fashion in simple old fabrics. You can create art with just about anything. I got where I am today professionally by pushing myself out of my comfort zone. They say comfort zones are where dreams go to die, and I believe that wholeheartedly. God didn’t give me this gift for no reason. I also surround myself with other women who are going after their dreams. My best friends all motivate me. It wasn’t easy at first because I am my biggest critic and can easily sabotage myself with my insecurities. This is the reason I have to surround myself with focused and driven friends. They push me and pour into my business all the time. The lessons I have learned along the way are to invest in yourself. That means paying for photography training sessions, buying quality equipment, and producing quality marketing materials. Another lesson is to be yourself. You can have the best photography skills in the area, but if your attitude stinks, you have nothing. I learned that my positive attitude and bubbly personality will get me far in this industry because it is a packaged deal. I want the world to know that my brand is truly here to serve you. I believe quality photographs tell the history of your bloodline, sell the products of your business, and document the best moments of our lives.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Well fortunately I know all the hot spots in the dfw so get ready to drive your butt off… -Breakfast: Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles (Southlake) -Lunch: Roots Chicken Shak (Legacy West), Ernesto’s Fine Mexican Food (Frisco), Taqueria La Ventana (Dallas Farmer’s Market) -Dinner: Krab Kings Seafood (Little Elm) -Desert: Julie’s Sweets Bakery (The Colony), Cookie Society (Frisco) -Fun: Little Elm Beach (Little Elm), Truck Yard (The Colony), Andrettis (The Colony), Kylde Warren Park (Downtown Dallas), Shops at Park Lane (Dallas), Legacy West (Plano)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give my shoutout to my husband Robert for pushing me to keep going when I’m tired or discouraged, for being my assistant, taking care of our baby girl during sessions, and shooting my headshots for me. He’s the best!
Stacey Oluchi Photography