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Conversations with Elaine Goepfert

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elaine Goepfert.

Hi Elaine, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I used to be a project manager for a residential building company in 2007, then the crash hit and I lost my job like so many others. I worked my way up to this position so I had never gotten a degree in construction and thought if I was ever going to get another job I would have to get my degree. I was already at a severe disadvantage as a girl. So I went back to school and my very last semester despite always getting straight A’s I failed my final class. Calculus-based physics. Yuck. It was devesting. At the time I was a single mom of 1 and 3-year-old little boys and was so close to finally having a better-paying job. I decided to not give up and take it again. I was determined to graduate. I enrolled again but I had to sign up for another class to have enough credits to qualify for financial aid which I needed to survive with my boys. I enrolled in a photography class. I always loved photography and thought it would be a fun “filler” class. I got voted top photographer in the class and it was the first time I ever had an inclination that I could maybe do it professionally. After graduation (I did finally graduate!) I got a job as a construction project manager but started a little side hustle taking photos. I got so busy so fast that within one year I decided to quit my job, which I did wholeheartedly love, to work for myself as a professional photographer. I’ve owned a full-time studio and worked as a photographer ever since! I also did get my general contractor license and started my own construction company to flip houses on the side. I guess I could never fully pick between both careers that I love so I decided not to!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
So many bumps along the road! I had to overcome people not believing that I could do it, difficult customers, bad pricing, and everything business. No one taught me how to be a business owner so I had to figure it ALL out on my own. It was a hard road and I felt like quitting a million times but I’m so glad I didn’t. Outside of having my children it’s the most fulfilling thing I have ever done.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m known as a professional photographer. I’m known for my personality and involvement in the community. I would say that’s what I’m probably the most proud of.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Professionalism in pricing, availability and systems but also making feel people feel comfortable and valued because I do value them so much.

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I Love Photography

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