How do you know you've reached success? According to 30-year-old wedding photographer Cassie Molyneux, it's when you never whine about Mondays or long for Fridays. Find out how she achieved this harmony in today's YEDaily...
Elevator Pitch: Describe your business in a nutshell.
I create fun and fresh images for couples in love! My goal is to document a couple’s wedding in a way that lets them relive all the wonderful emotions of their wedding day every single time they look at their photos.
Why did you start your business, what was the inspiration?
After having worked with wedding photographers at my own wedding, I fell in love with the experience and how they made a living. My initial goal wasn't to become a wedding photographer, but simply to become more open and knowledgeable about the world of photography. Thanks to Facebook and the positive responses I received to my images, it just all clicked into place. I was asked to shoot two weddings during the summer of 2010 and by the time the summer of 2011 rolled around, I had 25 weddings booked.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
There's honestly so many "best parts," but mainly I'm grateful every day for having the freedom to be doing what I love. Having a boss never really agreed with me!
The most challenging part is staying on top of the amount of work I take on. Time management is something I'm constantly trying to improve on.
Where do you see your business going in 5 years?
My ultimate goal is to become one of the world's most sought-after destination wedding photographers. Yes, I've set the bar high; but that's where it should be for everyone. Dream big!
What does success look like to you?
Never whining about Mondays or longing for Fridays. When what you do makes you feel fulfilled, important and alive.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
The first time a couple put me on a plane to come shoot their wedding.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Use social media to your advantage. Take the time to really learn how to use it for business. The networking that can be achieved through Facebook and Twitter is just unreal, and I can't say enough how much it has helped me. I absolutely can't stand to hear anyone say it's a waste of time or it doesn't work.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support multiple charities that support animals, including the Calgary Humane Society, Animal Rescue Foundation, and an organization in the United States called the Fuzzy Pet Foundation. Although I've always wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter, I don't think my heart could handle it; I would take home every stray that came in! So I give money whenever I can.
What is Notable to you?
Anyone who is out there making things happen and living the life that they want. Recognizing your talent and turning it into a way to make a living is one of the coolest things ever, and I admire anyone with the courage and strength to do it.
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How do you keep active, energetic, and vibrant?
I've always had a pretty insane work ethic that was definitely passed on my dad. I thrive on being busy and having a crazy schedule so having energy is never really an issue, although some added caffeine from an iced vanilla latte never hurts.