Married to Your Business Partner (Feat Katelyn James)

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Creative Rising Episode 205

Are you a married photography team?

Anyone that is married will tell you that marriage itself is already challenging enough, but then add on top of that running a photography business together and it feels like you’re out in the wilderness.

You’re not alone.

Jeff and I have been married for 13 years and we’ve been running our business together the entire time, and it’s a whole different dynamic when you run a business with your spouse.

Trust, resentment, and judgement are just a few of the daily battles we all face in nurturing a business while also nurturing a marriage.

For this episode, I turned to three amazing individuals to help me unpack how to foster an amazing marriage while running a business together – Dan Tocchini (the guy who coaches OUR coach, so yeah he’s legit) and Katelyn & Michael Alsop (of Katelyn James Photography).

Not only will you hear honest stories of the intense struggles that both Dan and Katelyn & Michael have faced in their marriages, but you’ll hear the authentic truth behind what it really takes to foster a thriving relationship.

It’s not the kind of easy advice you hear very often – but it’s the real stuff that actually works.

Quick Guide:
  • (00:00) CREATIVE RISING LIVE! JOIN US 11/21
  • (00:48) Out in the Wilderness
  • (11:16) The Most Common Issue
  • (20:37) Is My Problem with YOU Really About ME?
  • (28:53) SPONSOR: Freedom Edits (Thank You!)
  • (31:26) Judgements + Shame Cycles
  • (34:55) Dan’s Story of Separation
  • (39:41) How to Create True Connection (vs Compatibility)
  • (57:25) Reaching Out for Help
  • (01:01:06) Great Marriages Require the Greatest Risk
In This Episode: Katelyn & Michael Alsop, Katelyn James Photography

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Hi! I’m Katelyn! I started my professional photography journey as a Junior in college and was shooting 25+ weddings annually within my second year. After growing my business and gaining recognition in national publications such as Professional Photographers Magazine, The Knot, Southern Living Weddings, Southern Weddings and multiple other online publications such a Style Me Pretty, BRIDES, Inspired by This, Real Simple, etc. I then began teaching and coaching photographers from all over the country and internationally.

In 2015 I was named ?Top Ten Educators to Watch? by Rangefinder Magazine and I’ve had the honor of speaking at conferences such as WPPI, United, Creative at Heart, Local PPA meetings, The Rising Tide Summit, The Reset Conference, The Pursuit Conference, Making Things Happen, The Connect Retreat, Blink and more! In 2012 my husband Michael joined me and we are officially a husband/wife team! Since joining forces, we average 12-15 weddings annually while teaching thousands of photographers through our online courses and membership site. We are parents to Evy, Graham and we also have a sweet baby boy in heaven named Baby James who we lost at 31 weeks. We are passionate about traveling, home design, & spending time dreaming and brainstorming with our closest friends!!

In This Episode: Dan Tocchini, Blood & Ethos

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For the last 35 years, Dan Tocchini has been a business and social entrepreneur and a published author. Dan specializes in curriculum design & delivery, relationship crisis intervention & recovery, executive coaching, leadership development, change management, mediation and conflict resolution. He has worked with executives at Hyperloop-One, Nike, ESPN, Disney, Interstate Batteries and Microsoft.

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We teach photographers to build life-giving businesses that they absolutely love.

About Us

We're Jeff & Erin

We're Jeff and Erin Youngren?? and it's our mission to help you thrive not just as a wedding photographer, but as a business owner. It?s time to set aside the stress and comparison of a hustle mindset, and build a life-giving business instead.

We met in college, got married, and started corporate jobs before we discovered (and fell in love with) wedding photography. But like many creative entrepreneurs, we were booking anything we could, strapped to our laptops and living dangerously close to burnout.

So we dug in and learned how to build a thriving business that supports our dream life ? instead of a joyless business that runs a stressed-out life.

Today, we photograph only 10 Dreamie weddings per year, but we also run two other wedding brands plus a commercial studio in San Diego, CA. And we do it by only working the hours that fit into our life. The other hours? We spend those living a joyful life raising our two beautiful sons, James and Samuel.

hugs,

Jeff and Erin

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