Name: Olya Yang
Company Name: I Wanna Marry & Olya Victoria Photography
What does your company do? What I love being is a photographer! I Wanna Marry is based around wedding photography, together my husband Tony and I shoot wedding story’s and capture memories we hope will last a lifetime. Olya Victoria Photography is all about my other passion: food. Food photography has been something that I’ve been passionate about since picking up the camera and I am very excited to work on my first cookbook with an exceptional writer based out of NJ. However, being a photographer comes with so many other business responsibilities. I do everything from blogging to business management, and I am really looking forward to learning more from the women in this network.
When did you start your first company and what made you make the leap into business ownership? Love made me leap into business ownership since 2010. It’s been an adventure!
How did you get your first customer? In my industry the work speaks for itself, so the more I shared the more interest I received.
Who is the right person to book your services? You’re a great fit for my services if you’re getting married or cooking!
What does owning your business allow you to do? I love capturing memories and making things look beautiful.
What has been your biggest achievement so far? My biggest achievement is wrapped up in something little: knowing the photos I’ve taken will be loved and cherished.
What has been your biggest challenge so far? I am definitely an introvert. I love being behind the scenes and unnoticed so I can capture the things happening around me. So it’s definitely been hard putting myself and my work out there for everyone to see.
When you look at your business in 5 years, where do you hope it will be? I hope that we will be booking weddings several years in advance and that I will get to work on food photography projects regularly.
How do you define success? My definition of success is being able to lead a life of passion that allows me to enrich the lives of others.
Finally, what advice do you have for other entrepreneurs? I believe that the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to have patience and trust in God. We all go through so many challenges along the way, don’t be afraid to ask for help because anyone who is truly successful has a great understanding of failure. Most importantly, remember that there is always something to be thankful for.
Date: February 1, 2017