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Moms in Business: An Interview with Darcy, of His & Hers Photography

Every month, The Mom Writes showcases a mom-owned business and learns more about its mission and its founder { If you’d like to be interviewed, please let me know}. This month, I have the pleasure of interviewing Darcy Milder of  His and Hers Photography,  mom, blogger and an absolutely talented photographer! Check out the photo on top. Adorable! I just wished she lived closer {like a thousand miles closer!}

Over to Darcy:

First – a warm thanks to Prerna for having me. As a working mom and entrepreneur (times two!), it’s always a struggle of balance. It’s an honor to be included here!

What motivated or inspired you to start His and Hers Photography?

I’ve loved photos for as long as I can remember. I didn’t always love being the photographer as much as admiring the photographs themselves. I love the idea of capturing moments you can never revisit – new babies, milestones, missing teeth, wedding days, chubby babies, first steps, first loves… it’s all part of what defines us. It’s special to be able to capture that moment in time for my clients. Wanting photos of my own children was a natural progression to wanting to help others have those memories, too.

What tips do you have for parents wanting to click great photos of their kids at home?

Photographing your own children is always more challenging! I recently wrote a post about just that, you can find it here: How to Shoot Portraits When the Subjects are Your Own Kids.

Also, don’t insist your kids look at the camera and smile. Capture the details – their little fingers, how they sit and read, the outfits they pick all by themselves, etc. These are the details you’ll miss when they’re all grown up!

What business tips and tricks would you like to share with other mom-owned businesses?

Compartmentalize. And don’t put yourself last; this is especially important if your home is also your office or place of business. Set hours and do your best to stick to them. It’s so easy to get burned out when you never get away from the office. Be aware of the trap where you “live at work” instead of “work at home” – those two are a slippery slope.

If you lack a 401K make sure you have a plan in place for retirement. We don’t want to work forever – eventually we’ll want time for grandchildren and all the things we work hard for today. Find someone who can make sure that some day will come for you.

What’s next on the plate for His and Hers Photography?

I’m always looking forward to the next client. Since I primarily shoot newborns and children, I often get to see these kids regularly. They become special to me – I love to watch them grow and change from behind my lens. It’s a privilege to be part of capturing their childhoods. So next? Watching these kids grow, arrival of new siblings as families grow, and seeing new milestones with each session.

I’d love to have you stop by the blog and see the most recent work! My portfolio can be found here: Iowa Newborn & Children’s Photographer.

Photo Credit: Darcy Milder

Prerna


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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! That newborn picture is so sweet. Makes you want to cuddle the baby :) Beautiful work!

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Wendy! I know. Uber-adorable :-) Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be sure to pass on your compliments to Darcy.

  2. Love Darcy! She is an inspiration to me, because she is so organized and in-control, so much more than me, even though we have many things in common: mom of three boys (I do have a girl in the mix of my 3 boys though), a homeschooling mom, a work-at-home mom and a photographer (well, I don’t call me self one yet, but aspiring). I am amazed at all she does and glad to see when her hard work is recognized online like this.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Amanda! Yes, Darcy is quite an inspiration and that is one of the reasons I wanted to feature her and her work :-)

  3. Prerna,
    Thanks for sharing this interview with Darcy. She really has her act together from the business side of things, and especially with her creations. Her new born images are both elegant and refined, disguising the fact they are really deceptively complicated. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Kent,
      You’re most welcome. I know, Darcy does have incredible talent and I just can’t stop admiring the photos on her site. As someone with very little (actually no!) talent for photography, I have the deepest admiration for someone of her caliber!

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