Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Sloan.
Hi Samantha, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have always been creative! Even as a young girl, I would paint, photograph, and beautify anything I could get my hands on. I LOVE pictures and my home houses shoe box after shoe box of images of my family and multiple generations. I believe in the power of printed images!
When I had my own kids, I played around a bit with photography but I had my hands quite full raising them. Once my boys started school full time, I was able to slowly give more of my time to my business. I remained part-time for several years till 2020.
In March of 2020, when covid hit… it took a toll on our finances. I needed to start working full-time in order to support my family. I took the leap and haven’t looked back since. Working full time is of the best decisions I have ever made! My fellow creatives know that we are never truly fulfilled in life unless we are creating our art! It fills my soul in a way that no other “desk job” ever could!
Meeting mothers and their families has also been such a gift! I LOVE Moms. I love getting to know them. I love hearing about their babies. I LOVE watching their babies grow up right before my eyes. It is such a joy to be able to document these life milestones for people.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
If I am being completely honest… my single, most difficult hurdle has been… myself. Not believing in myself has cost me a lot of wasted time and unneeded heartache.
Literally years! I am a perfectionist through and through, and while that *can serve me well in my career, it can also be a downfall and cause major analysis paralysis and prevent me from moving forward. I try to live by the phrase “Done is better than perfect”.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a photographer. I specialize in posed studio newborn and maternity photography. I am also expanding my business this year to include beauty and boudoir photography as well as corporate headshots. You can check out my boudoir work here: https://www.instagram.com/boudoir_by_samantha/.
I absolutely love working with moms and all women! I love making them feel beautiful and speaking positivity into their lives and building them up. I started the #youreagoodmom initiative a few years ago. I always try to say and post encouraging things to moms on social media and whenever I am working with them.
Life and motherhood are HARD… my goal is to encourage. You can read more about my #youreagoodmom story and goals here: http://samanthasloanphotography.com/welcome/youre-a-good-mom/.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My number one supporter by far is my husband! He has never ever doubted me, even when I doubted myself. I also have an amazing network of family and friends cheering me on every step of the way.
I also mentored a fabulous woman, Angelica Sam and she encouraged me to really go for it and become an expert at my craft!
- Sessions currently start at $500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://samanthasloanphotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samantha_sloan_photography/
- Facebook: https://www.instagram.com/samantha_sloan_photography/ Boudoir: https://www.instagram.com/boudoir_by_samantha/
- TikTok: @samanthasloanboudie