How often do we see ourselves fighting against our artistic passions? Some days you’re totally motivated to start business, next day you’re already losing to all the little stresses of owning one. Our advice? Follow your passions. You’re an artist regardless if you’re making money, you’re making art.
We spoke to the wonderful photographer behind Molly Margaret Photography, Molly Sarby. Sarby came from a creative family, but she tried to work against it by working in…injury claims. Interestingly enough she could never pass up her creative side, so did part-time photography too.
One thing Sarby expresses about her photography was that her work makes others happy which makes her happy too. That’s how you follow a passion. Aside from this though, Sarby also owns MollyMargaretStudio, an Esty store full of aesthetic prints. This evolved into not only selling prints on Etsy as well as offering design services such as logos.
Diving into prints
Sarby jumped into doing prints after she decided to go full-time as a wedding photographer. She made prints on the side by initially making them as gifts for friends. Holidays or birthdays, expect a cool print from her.
Etsy served as a platform to help Sarby advertise her work and expand her reach a bit further, which is great thinking. Ideally though, she wants to pursue putting her prints into boutiques, like a “brick and mortar” approach because she senses that her business has a very local presence out in Colorado.
In combination of finding a new love to make prints, she easily combined her wedding photography with prints and made another streamline of income: wedding invitations and stationery. Though that may not be the focus of her Etsy store, but it really helps brides who are in search of both a invite designer, invite printer, and wedding photographer – Sarby can provide all three services herself!
Finding this common ground for her two passions, has sparked motivation to go even bigger. Sarby wants to participate in more holiday fairs to help promote her work as well as one day open a studio space for her business in which she can do the combination of photo services and print services. For now, her goal is to hop into the prints business full-time.
Don’t stop there, do more!
You thought we were done? Oh no! Sarby also shared that she’s branching out into educating others about using digital design for their businesses. Such as how tos, teaching design, and whatever she can teach about the digital design space.
“They’re different [things], so I don’t get bored,” Sarby said when talking about her passions and work. We couldn’t agree more. This is a big potential line of income for Sarby, and with her strong attitude toward business, we think she’ll do great!
It’s important for creatives to find a common ground for their creative work and passions. Learning how to make yourself versatile so that you can bring in that shhhhmmmoonnnney *cha-ching*!
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Featured Photo by Molly Margaret Photography