We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanya Wideman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanya, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have worked in the medical field for many years as a biller and coder. I had a successful career at Emory University Hospital. I made great money and had incredible benefits, but I really didn’t enjoy what I did. I wanted to do something that I felt was fulfilling and satisfying. I also wanted to be in control of my schedule so that I could spend more time with my family. I had been doing photography as a side job while working in the medical field, but in 2020, I decided to go full-time. It has not been easy, but it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel like I am doing something that I truly love and bringing joy to so many families while capturing precious memories for them. Also, I am able to spend more time with my family and make memories with them as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a photographer who pretty much does it all. I would say that my niche though is families, couples, and weddings – but I also do newborn, maternity, milestones, and a plethora of other events. The journey has not been easy. It has been lonely and frustrating at times, but I persevered. It is not only about the destination, but it’s also about the journey. There are so many things you learn on the road to your dream. You have to trust the process and not be impatient and expect your dream to come to pass overnight. It takes blood, sweat, and tears to get there. I am so blessed to be able to create something so lasting for people, to where they can relive those special moments over and over again. I love capturing special moments in life that will be treasured forever.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take them to the Georgia Aquarium. It’s the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere. I would take them to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. You can’t visit Atlanta and not visit this historical site. I would take them shopping to my favorite mall, Mall of Georgia. I would also take them shopping at some of our outlet malls. I would take them to eat at Chops Steakhouse, Capital Grille, Big Easy Louisiana Grille, and Old Lady Gang.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I will always give credit to God, who gave me the ability to do what I do and for every door that He has opened. My husband has been extremely supportive of my business and very instrumental in pushing me beyond my comfort zones. I have to give a shoutout to my kids too. I started out just taking pictures of them, but it has grown into a full-time business now. They are my biggest fans and keep me motivated to continue to create.
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