We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandi Dalhouse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandi, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
So before kids I worked, worked, worked. I would take on too many sessions and there was no real work/life balance. Now that I have three littles I had to reevaluate things. My main focus are my kids and thankfully I have a great spouse that helps me with this. I take less clients on so I can focus on family and two this also gives me more time to focus on my clients. I have more flexibility with clients and I have found clients really appreciate that. My typical day consists morning checking emails and social media. Then mommy duties, dude to the pandemic I’m also homeschooling. So after lunch we do school. I only photograph in the early evening hours so if I have a client that evening my husband takes over. If there is editing to do that is done in the evening. All calls and emails are made in the evenings as well. Sometimes it gets a bit crazy but I feel I have a good balance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The two biggest lessons I’ve learned in this business is one, stop comparing yourself to others. When you play the compare game you always loose. I’ve learned, this is my art, it’s Beautiful and I created it. It’s good to grown and learn and make mistakes but it’s yours and their art is theirs just as beautifully done as yours. The second thing I’ve learned is a full calendar does not equal success. It took me a long time to understand this but when I did and made changes I started to love my craft again.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow! To go out sounds so magical. I miss having days like this. First I would go to Max’s wine dive for gluten free fried chicken and mimosas. Then we would go to an art museum. Right now I would go to the Seismique art museum. It looks so amazing. Next lunch at Bella green. Then some shopping and a nap pool side at hotel Zaza. Dinner at Ruggles Black, I can taste it now. Then bar boheme to end the night. I love this spot.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be able to be where I am in life or business without my best friend, my partner in this crazy world, my husband. He has supported my leap into this business since day one. He gives me the best feed back on my art. He encourages me when all I want to do is call it quits. He supports all my crazy ideas and even calls me out when I’m doing too much. He’s been there being my biggest supporter since day one.
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