Tina is a mom to two teens and was born and raised in the Northwest. She loves spending as much time outdoors as possible. In addition to family, photography, and adventuring she also loves coffee and her cats.
After spending 15 years in the corporate world as a long-term care health services administrator, Tina opened Explore the Moment Photography, but says “Elders will always have a special place in my heart.”
Although she has been dabbling in photography for about ten years, her passion was rekindled when she participated in a 52 Hikes in 52 Weeks challenge. “Nothing inspires me more than nature and adventuring! I’ve always loved capturing moments on camera and the weekly hikes put me in a position to really develop that love and skill,” she explains.
Tina says she looks up to the moms who wake up every day with passion and drive to do what makes them and their families happy. On the photography side, she says she looks to “Extreme Oregon” photographer, James Parson, and photographer Jana Williams for inspiration.
Her biggest struggle is the business and marketing side of the business. “I sort of jumped into this business with a lot of passion but not a lot of business savvy, so it’s been interesting maneuvering through that aspect,” she explains.
She urges new business owners to remember that their business will have good days and bad days, and on the bad days it can seem as if you are in way over your head. “But don’t come this far to just have come this far. If it were that easy everyone would do it! And don’t wait. It’s hard to find ‘the right time,’ so do your research, then go for it,” says Tina.
Tina loves the freedom that comes with working for herself. She also loves the freedom she has to get into natures and be inspired by what she sees. : I thrive best when doing creative work which I wasn’t able to do to this extent as a health care administrator,” she explains.
Her ideal referral is someone looking for quality photography with a casual, comfortable, and laid-back approach. “I really love a challenge and enjoy doing new styles of shoots so I’m game for almost anything! I’d also love to collaborate with some other local photographers on some cool and creative projects,” she says.
She is excited to be a MOB because she can share a creative part of herself that isn’t directly related to being a mom, and yet exists in part because she is a mom. “I don’t think I ever would have taken the leap to open up my photography business without the drive of these amazing ladies. The members of the MOB always have each other’s backs. I have seen it time and time again, they really show up for others. Finding your tribe of like-minded people who want you to succeed is powerful. Join the MOB, you won’t regret it!”
Tina offers 20% off any photo package to MOB Alliance members.
20% off any photo packages
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Carey is a wife, mom to a six-year-old daughter, and the founder and directors of All Families Surrogacy, LLC a gestational surrogacy agency based in Beaverton.
She says was inspired to start her business after she and her wife used an anonymous sperm donor to conceive their daughter, now six. “I was so grateful that a stranger had done something so kind to enable us to be parents and I wanted to give back to another family,” she says.
The first way she gave back was by becoming a gestational surrogate for a lesbian couple and carrying their little boy. That experience led her to launch her own agency as a way of merging her passion for surrogacy and her many years’ experience in Operations and Business Management.
She says there are misconceptions about gestational surrogacy. “Gestational surrogacy means the surrogate is not biologically related to the baby she carries. The embryos are created by the Intended Parents at a fertility clinic, and the surrogate carries the pregnancy via IVF. The surrogate has no biological or legal ties to the child,” she explains.
Carey says she relies on a small, but fierce, core group of women she’s known for almost 20 years for advice and support. She’s excited to be a MOB and be surrounded by even more smart and positive women.
Her biggest struggle in business is finding qualified surrogates. Since there is such a rigorous screening process, including medical, social, criminal, and mental health screening, only about 15% of applicants are approved. Carey says her best referrals are moms between 21 and 39 who are done having their own kids but want to help someone else create their family.
She advises new business owners, and those considering starting a business, to be passionate about their business. “If it’s something you’re passionate about, find a way to do it. I spent many years in the corporate world and I don’t regret leaving it for one minute. Surround yourself with positive and smart people and build your team. It will be scary, but worth it,” she says.
Like many busy MOBs, Carey says she loves being able to work for herself, having the freedom to set her own schedule, and being in charge of how her business evolves and succeeds. “Having the flexibility to create my own schedule, but also knowing that I determine what direction what my company will go. I get out of it exactly what I put in. I also really love having a smart and strong team of women working for me and knowing that what we do every day literally changes lives,” she explains.
Carey and All Families Surrogacy offers $750 off their Agency Fee for Intended Parents, and $500 Signing Bonus for approved surrogates to MOB Alliance members.
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