Next up is someone that I absolutely adore. We connect in so many ways!!!! Her talent and enthusiasm for life is so freaking contagious. When you see her portfolio of work and read our interview, you will know exactly what I’m referring to. She’s not just inspiring, she is a mover & a shaker with the most precious family ever! Not to mention, she just added a new member, a lil bundle of joy to the family.
Alicia Alvey you are the definition of empowerment🖤
Thank you Alicia for joining me in my journey over the years as we grow together and being apart of my many platforms, blog and upcoming book, “Empowered Women that Empower Women Vol-1📚”
Let’s dive in shall we🎙💋
Founder + Photographer of Alicia Alvey & Co.
Featured Entrepreneur: Alicia Alvey
CEO & Creator: Alicia Alvey & Co
Photographer + Mentor + Proud Mother + Beautiful Wife
Interviewed by: Anna Svetlik De La Rosa
Episode # 56
Q1. What did you want to be growing up?
Many things. Even to this day I still want to do and be more than I will ever have time for. My main thoughts as a child were growing to be a figure skater. I loved the movie ‘The Cutting Edge.’
Q2. You have done so many outstanding things in your life could you briefly tell us all how you have gotten to this point in your life?
I have always been a film and photography addict since a very young age, very young. In high school I was going on auditions daily for modeling, singing, acting and so on. I was in front of the camera often, and I was cool with it however, one photographer changed my life.
This photographer took headshots of me and I was blown away by her talent. It was then, I realized I wanted to do the same thing for others. My goal was to blow them away with my photography skills, give them photos and moments frozen in time. I wanted to be behind the camera more than I wanted to be in front of it. That’s when I jumped into classes and college to further my knowledge.
Q3. Give us 5 fun facts people might not know about you?
- I hate the bottoms of my feet touched.
- I love a made bed to climb into.
- I strive to escape the ordinary.
- My car will run on fumes until I absolutely have to fill it up.
- I make binders for just about every dream, goal, or idea.
Q4. What is one of your most treasured accomplishments?
Besides earning a bachelors degree it’d have to be running my first half marathon because I never considered myself a runner, not a natural born one anyway. It took great dedication and work on my part.
Q5. What is your favorite quote?
“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat”
I love this quote because by definition the rat race is basically a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power and, well, thats not me. Not in the slightest.
I could careless about what someone else’s idea of success is, success is happiness, and I’ve already won.
Q6. When did you 1st find your love for photography and being behind the camera?
At a very young age, maybe around 8 or 9 years old. I don’t know, maybe sooner! I would make my own skits and home movies with my dads video camera, back when they were the size of a VCR. I took pictures wherever I went. My mom was constantly bringing me home disposable cameras and polaroid film.
Q7. What motivates you?
My children, my husband, and my need to always learn and adapt. Photography is an ever-changing field and it is the coolest. My kids are basically tiny people that are being molded by example, that right there is my biggest motivation to be the best I can be in all areas of my life; health, family, compassion, and passions.
Q8. Over the years, do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming successful?
First off, truly believe that if you want to be successful you must love what you do first and foremost. If you don’t, whats the point?
Second is hard work.
Many people tell me that I’m very talented which I of course appreciate however, talent or not I have worked very hard to get where I am. Perfecting a craft is not easy and my photography has come a long way over many years. Know that nothing in life is free, and you will never get something for nothing. Remember that.
Q9. Please share with our tribe of Women, one piece of advice you have received which has helped you throughout your journey up to this point?
Always be early. It shows much more than you may realize.
One of my college teachers told us, “If you’re early, you’re on-time. If you’re on-time, you’re late. If you’re late, you are unacceptable.”
Q10. You wear so many hats, How do you handle workload stress?
Not well, ha ha! I’m an easily frustrated person. I have learned to breath though, deep breaths. It helps! After that I usually then grasp the big picture of my workload and figure out my steps to tackling it, then I apply it.
These days it’s as little as me getting up 2 hours before my children do just to have the time to knock things out without distractions.
Q11. If you could talk to one woman from history, who would it be and why?
Dame Daphne Sheldrick,
Daphne founded the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This is how she launched a voice in the movement to save the elephant population of which has been, and continues to be, on a rapid decline due to poaching for ivory trade. She raised awareness and was able to show others that there is always something to be done. The world needs more voices, positive ones, especially for those without one.
Q12. What is your favorite type of photo shoots?
Family sessions. I love working with families because you get welcomed into a whole different world outside of your own. I enjoy seeing the different personalities that people have and the connection between family members. It’s almost a fun little guessing game of Who is Who: who is going to feed the camera, who is the shy one, and how am I going to get dad to smile today? The candid moments always turn out as my favorite, hands down.
Q13. Tell us about your new vegan venture?
I have been vegetarian most my life, vegan was my husbands idea and after some research I was completely on board. I’m a strong believer in a cruelty free life style and I support animal liberation to the fullest.
All creatures have the right to their lives in my opinion, and I don’t believe I’m wrong. I’m a hippy hearted, tree hugging earthling, no doubt.
Q14. Where can we follow you?
blog: Journey with Alicia