We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thoughts about starting my own business are all over the place. On the one hand, Mossy and Tea was not my first business. I had a small physical therapy service for a few years, so I understand how hard it is to work for yourself. Originally, photography was just a hobby, and I was enjoying the process of learning. Eventually, people started to inquire about my services, and before I knew it, I had clients. It’s been a few years of consistent work, but I have recently desired to create more of a full-service photography business. Wish me luck!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Currently, I’m still living a double life as both an HR professional and a Creative Photographer. I have great clients, receive amazing referrals, and enjoy creating my own personal projects. I have learned not to over-promise, overextend, or overshare. Those things have allowed me to maintain two full-time jobs. My long-term plan is to make Mossy and Tea my only career. I think until I jump off the cliff and safety of my full-time HR position and pull the entrepreneurial parashot, I won’t be able to understand my potential as a photographer fully.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is an amazing city! There are so many things to do here, starting with DOWNTOWN! There’s the theater, food, culture, art, and bars bars bars. My friends and I enjoy hanging out at places with a great patio for smoking cigars. And although we could use more bike lanes, we enjoy riding at least three days a week.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is great! I would love to shoutout the first model I worked with, Erin Gabrielle. She showed up to every wild shoot I had planned and every weird location. I will be forever grateful to her for keeping me inspired—shoutout to my family and friends. They painstakingly looked at every image, always giving me their honest opinion.
Makeup Artist: Camille Roark Second Shooter: Judith Smalls Models: Erin, Devin, Christina, Tris, Michaela, Dedo