Starting Over

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Creative Rising Episode 208


Mary Marantz has run a highly successful photography business for over a decade. In fact, it’s the kind of thriving business that most wedding photographers dream of having.

But she’s decided to leave photography success behind and follow a calling she’s had since she was five years old – write a book that will bring honor to where she’s from.

Betsy McCue ran a husband and wife wedding photography business for years, but when her husband suddenly passed away, she not only lost her life partner, she lost her business and her identity, too.

In this very special episode, I’m telling two stories of two incredible women who are starting over – either by choice or not.

One is a story of a writer with a calling, wrestling with her childhood while leaving a world of success behind for an entirely different world of being a newbie author.

The other is a story of a photographer moving forward after a tragic loss, rediscovering her creative self, and building an entirely new business from scratch.

Both are pictures of courage, strength, and wrestling with the hard parts of our stories.

In this Episode:

Check out Betsy McCue’s lifestyle documentary work at Betsy McCue Pictures.

Follow Mary Marantz’s story on her podcast The Mary Marantz Show.
(Her book “Dirt” is coming Fall 2020!)

Quick Guide:

  • (06:20) Betsy’s Journey After Loss
  • (19:17) Episode Sponsor: Think Tank Photo (THANK YOU!!)
  • (22:03) Mary’s Story of Starting Over
  • (38:25) When the Dream Gets Hard
  • (43:51) Owning Our Hard Stories
  • (1:05:23) Darkness in the Light



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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.


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