I’m so excited to celebrate 4 years in business!
If you told me 4 years ago that I would quit my corporate job and become a business owner and a photographer, I would not have believed you. Turns out, it was one of the best life decisions I ever made.
Was it easy? No! But with every challenge and struggle, I learned and grew.
I started this business in 2018 after I was burned out at my corporate job as a software test engineer. I had to travel 3 hours round trip every day from northern New Jersey to central New Jersey. While I loved my job and the people I worked with, after having my first child, it was getting harder and harder. I tried my best to push through and be a good mother, wife, and employee, but eventually, I ended up depressed, feeling ‘not enough’, and hated my life.
After having a few discussions with my husband, we decided it was time for me to move on and find another career path. I knew I didn’t want to work in the IT field anymore and I knew I LOVED photography. I had no idea how to run a business, so I decided to take lots of online courses related to photography and business. I quickly became accustomed to making tons of mistakes, but it has been a wonderful journey.
The best part of being a business owner is being in control of my time. This includes more flexibility with family time, especially during the pandemic.
I’d like to share a few things that I learned during these 4 years.
I hope this will inspire you to find your passion and go for it!
Thank you to my family for believing in me and supporting me! Thank you to all my amazing clients for trusting me to create memorable images for you! Thank you to my network and followers for engaging with my content and the wonderful conversations.
Cheers (with my large cup of coffee)!
Charissa H. Yong is a New Jersey branding and portrait photographer who is passionate about helping service-based entrepreneurs stand out confidently and authentically in the crowded online world. Learn more.
Photography by Jessica Jane Photography.