Today’s Small Business Friday introduces us to Pam, of P Squared Studios! Read below to get to know her and her business better. Happy Friday!!
1. Tell us a little about yourself (name, husband, kiddos, business, name, etc.)
My name is Pam Parisi and I run P Squared Studios. I have a very patient and supportive husband, Pete, and we have a 3 (almost 4 year old) daughter. We moved to San Jose, California, almost three years ago from Dallas, Texas. However, I’m still a Texas girl at heart!
2. Tell us something most people don’t know about you! Crazy, funny, embarrassing, etc.
Unfortunately I’m ADDICTED to all the Housewives, New York, New Jersey, you name it. Oh, and (can’t believe I’m putting this out there) the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders on TNN. Please don’t hold it against me, I grew up in Texas!
3. What are your favorite movies or books?
I love a good romantic comedy movie, Sweet Home Alabama, Hope Floats (which I looove the lighting in). For books I like a mystery, but not too scary!
4. What are your favorite foods or drinks?
I have a huuuuge sweet tooth. Anything with cinnamon in it. I love to bake but most of the time will only eat a couple and then give it away to neighbors, friends, etc, but only after my husband and daughter have eaten some. Snickerdoodles are probably my favorite though!
5. What does your typical day look like?
It really depends. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I’m up by 7:00 am and have to get my daughter fed and dressed and then we’re off to preschool by 8:15. While she’s at preschool I either ride my bike, go to a yoga class, hike, take a photo session or do errands. Once I pick her up at 12:00 it’s back home for lunch and (hopefully) a nap for her. While she’s napping I try to get about 30 minutes worth of work done and then I try to lay down for an hour. After she’s up and eaten a snack we usually play with our next neighbors or do a craft project around the house. Around 4:30-5:00ish I start fixing dinner. We eat about 5:30. Around 6:00 my husband hangs out with my daughter while I work for awhile. Bath is at 7:00 pm and then bed time at 8:00. This is when I usually start doing more work. By 10:00 I try to make my way downstairs to watch a little tv with the hubs before bedtime at 11:00 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it’s a free for all. Either doing errands, going to the park, doing a craft activity, catching up on housework or playing with the neighbors. It’s a looser schedule those two days.
6. Tell us your business name, and give us all any links to your website/blog/social media.
My business name is P Squared Studios (after my first and last initial. It’s also the initials for my husband’s, father-in-law’s and mother-in-law’s names.) My website is www.PSquaredStudios.com. My blog is www.PSquaredStudios.blogspot.com and my Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/pages/P-Squared-Studios-LLC/241518835888575.
7. Give us a brief description of the business,and how long have you been in business.
I originally started my business as a graphic designer five years ago and then this past year I opened the photography side. I specialize in family photography and would LOVE to shoot more high school/college seniors. Unfortunately in this part of California it’s not as big of a market as it in Texas, but I’m trying to change that, one senior at a time!! I still love doing graphic design from time to time, logos, invites, ads, etc. but right now I’m focusing more on my photography.
7. What do you love most about having a small business?
I love that I control my schedule. My main job is still taking care of my daughter so I like that I can schedule shoots/work around her schedule. She’ll be my only child so I want to be able to take advantage of the time I have with her before she goes off to big school in two years.
8. What is the hardest part about having a small business?
There’s never enough time in the day to get everything done, that I’m a one woman show from taxes, to marketing, to editing, to packaging. The list goes on. When someone told me that once I started my business that the actual photography would be only 20% of it I knew it was going to be hard, rewarding but hard. And it is!
9. What is your biggest inspirations? (other photographers, the outdoors, family etc!)
My biggest inspiration from the beginning, besides my daughter, is Erin Cobb, www.ErinCobb.com. She truly is amazing at what she does. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person about two years ago. She is just as sweet, just as nice and just as talented as her blog posts. I have a secret photog crush on her! I also really love Wendy VonSosen, www.wenderful.com, And of course I can’t forget my daughter and family as inspiration. I love looking back at what I’ve documented and how far I’ve come as well as seeing my daughter grow up in pictures! I also enjoy checking out Jasmine Star’s website. Even though I don’t do weddings her story telling through photos always amazes me.
10. Where do you see your business in 5 years?
My plan all along has been to go into full-time business when my daughter heads off to kindergarten or first grade. So, in five years I hope to still be doing what fuels me (photography) as a full-time job and maybe even own a little cottage like Erin Cobb. How awesome would that be. It’s hard to imagine where my photography will be in five years since I look at how far I’ve come in only three. But above all I hope I still love doing this and making memories for me and my family!
Thank you SO much, Pam! Go check her work out on her site and leave her some Facebook love! 🙂