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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