Welcome to the weekend, and the latest “Small Business Friday’! Welcome this week to Lynda Payne Photography, enjoy her beautiful images and reading about her business.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself! (name, husband, kiddos, business name etc.)
I’m Lynda of Lynda Payne Photography. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband for almost ten and a half years. We have a two year old son who was just three months old when we picked up and moved from Illinois to Florida two years ago. We also have a beagle named Jasper and a cat named Oliver who we refer to as the furry kids, the ‘ers (since both their names end in “er”), or simply the fur. My mom also moved with us and lives with us now. She watches our son while I work from home doing my full time job as a Human Resources Information Systems Specialist and when I have photo sessions.
2. Tell us something most people don’t know about you! Crazy, funny, embarrassing, etc.
Well, it’s not very crazy, funny, or embarrassing, but I crewed for a hot air balloon at an annual balloon festival in my hometown for about 10 years. I’ve ridden in a balloon three times which was an amazing experience every time! I really miss it!!
3. What are your favorite movies or books?
This is a tough one for me to narrow down. I was a cinematography student for two years, and my husband and I are huge movie buffs. I’d have to say Finding Neverland, Better Off Dead, anything with Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina, Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Dirty Dancing… I could go on, so I’ll just stop there. As for books, I’m also quite a bookworm. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice is one of my all-time favorites. I also love Pride and Prejudice, Water for Elephants, and I’m a big fan of the Twilight series (don’t judge, lol).
4. What are your favorite foods or drinks?
I’m going to go with seafood, but I also have a soft spot (literally!) for pretty much anything with coconut, caramel, or cake batter in the name. I mostly drink water, but when we go to a particular movie theater, I’m able to make this vanilla raspberry diet coke concoction that is amazing!
5. What does your typical day look like?
Oh man! Well, I get up at 6am, work out, take a shower, get my son up, have some breakfast, and start work by 8am. I work until 5pm, but I get to have lunch with my son and mom most days. When I’m done working, we have dinner, and I play with my son until it’s time to put him to bed at 7pm. After he’s in bed, I usually sit on my couch watching TV while working on editing or other photography-related work. That’s pretty typical, I guess… and sounds pretty boring, lol. On the weekends I typically spend my son’s naptime cleaning and/or doing photography-related work. BUT if my husband isn’t working, we generally do fun family things like going to Walt Disney World since we live about 30-40 minutes away from there! 🙂
6. Tell us your business name, and give us all and any link so your website/blog/social media.
7. Give us a brief description of the business,and how long have you been in business.
I’ve been in business here in Florida for about a year doing maternity, newborn, child, and family photography. Before we moved from Illinois, I had been shooting (mostly weddings) for about four years. I’ve done engagement and high school senior portraits as well. I’m not doing many weddings these days because it’s rather difficult giving up my Saturdays with my son when I’m already working 8-5 Monday through Friday. So for now, I’m mainly focusing on other types of portraits. I have a serious prop addiction, and I have a small studio setup for babies. But I also love shooting on location. I mean, I live in central Florida. The options around here are pretty endless and amazing!
7. What do you love most about having a small business?
I love that I have total creative control! Yeah, I’m a bit of a control freak I suppose. And that I get to do something that I love!
8. What is the hardest part about having a small business?
The boring business stuff is no fun (taxes, insurance, business registration), but I am really struggling with how to get the word out about my business when we are still in the process of trying to meet new people and becoming familiar with a new area. Even after two years, we are still discovering things around here that we never knew existed. And balancing a full time job, a part time business, family, friends, and being in a new area can be overwhelming sometimes!
9. What is your biggest inspirations? (other photographers, the outdoors, family etc!)
Well, I am definitely inspired by other photographers and by my son for sure. However, I’ve had a love of photography since I was a child. My mom and dad both took a lot of pictures when I was growing up. At one point I remember my mom having an SLR of some kind. And my dad and I both had disc cameras back in the day, and we would go out and take pictures together. It was always really important to me to document life in that way. When my dad passed away in 2003 (two years before I got my first DSLR and figured out I wanted to pursue photography), a family friend was helping box up some stuff to auction and dropped off a box one day of stuff for me to keep. I didn’t open it for a while, and when I did, it had a collection of old cameras in it! (Polaroids, brownies, his disc camera) I was floored that I had something so appropriate to remember him by… especially since I didn’t even know he owned most of those cameras or that I would be doing photography professionally at the time he passed away! I love color, design, I do love the outdoors, I love telling a story (Can you tell by my looong answers to these questions?) and a camera in my hand just feels natural. So I’m inspired by everything around me, but also by the fact that I feel like I was just meant to do this.
10. Where do you see your business in 5 years?
Well, we have been renting our house since moving, but we’d like to build a new home in a couple of years. I’m hoping to build a studio and office space into the new house and have a steady workload by then, offering boutique portrait photography services. I’d also love to find a way to inspire other photographers… maybe through some form of teaching.