Don’t go against your passions, make them work.

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*!

Featured Photo by  Molly Margaret Photography

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17 thoughts on “Don’t go against your passions, make them work.

  1. Kaelyn Korte says:

    I found this really interesting to read, especially because I had tried Etsy once before myself. Also, I clicked through the link you provided on her work. I love it!

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  2. Erika says:

    This is exactly what I tell my kids! Never go against your passion and always persue your dreams! What better way to go through life fulfilling your dreams and all the while enjoying every second of it!
    Really engaging post and love the way you write thanks!

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  3. Katie says:

    This is such a great read! I’m always more happy + less stressed when I’m working towards my passion/daydream 🙂

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  4. Heather says:

    Oh how I needed to read this! Fear has always held me back from following my passion. This just gave me a little nudge.

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  5. Ken Hanaya says:

    I’ve always wanted to get into woodworking and finally have started doing this. Due to limited space though I can only do so much. I’m aiming to buy a house soon and hopefully get something even bigger going. Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. Kasia Olszewski says:

    Ever since I can remember, my main goal has always been to follow my passion. No matter what people say or think about it. Every day is a struggle but I’m getting there little by little.

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    1. The Creative Folks says:

      We get it Kasia and guess what, it’s going to be okay. You’re absolutely right, get there little by little. Take it day by day. Sometimes we’re caught up trying to move to fast, so we also need to slow down at times :)! Best of luck!

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  7. Kayla Lauer says:

    My friend is constantly telling me something similar to this. Etsy is a great place for creative people! Good luck to Sarby!

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    1. The Creative Folks says:

      Hi Kayla,

      Absolutely! Etsy is a great place, but note it’s competition. We encourage you to be knowledge hungry and learn Etsy for your creative work (no matter what creative work it is)! Best of luck 🙂

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  8. Jenna says:

    Very inspiring! I to am transitioning into a person who follows my passions. Your story about Shelby makes me so excited for the future. Thanks so much! ❤️

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  9. Angela says:

    I love making prints and gifting them. I’ve been toying with the idea of selling some of mine but it seems like Etsy is so convoluted with like hundreds of print-designers? And suggestions for upping your reach?

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    1. The Creative Folks says:

      Hi Angela!

      Etsy is surely a competitive little hub, so it will definitely take some marketing and it takes courage too! There’s going to be a lot of critics out there and what you have to do is just stomp over it and do your best.

      We suggest marketing yourself through Facebook groups (there’s a lot of Etsy designated ones) and take a stab at using Instagram. Etsy being a crafty place, photos are the best marketing tool there is and Instagram is the platform to publicize those photos.

      Let us know how you do! We would love to see your shop 🙂

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  10. Jen @ Jenron Designs says:

    Such a inspirational read. I l really love the artist of Etsy!!! I find so many great things there. I also love to promote a lot of these artist via my home blog like you have done here. I figure if I love there stuff the people that follow me will love it too!

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