We had the good fortune of connecting with Willesia Crawley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Willesia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Following my last interview with VoyageATL, I was so pleased with the exposure the magazine feature allotted me. With that being said, I’ve had to ramp up how I organize my work life balance. At one point I found myself working on reports for my full and part time job, in between editing images, AND preparing for military trainings. I was SWAMPED. Now I carry a planner everywhere and remain consistent with my daily to-do lists that include some fun for myself and loved ones. I think I’ve managed to create a good system using these items and recommend anyone struggling with time management to do the same.

What should our readers know about your business?
Today, I can state I have been a part of many joyous occasions and the feelings warm my heart. I can say I have found true happiness in something that is for me, but also brings joy to those I serve. If there was one thing I wanted people to know about my story it would be despite my choices, despite my flaws and wrongdoings, what is meant for me will always be mines. I could have easily been a negative statistic but I dedicated my life to do and be better. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way? It’s okay to find and get involved in things to help you survive, however it is more beneficial to THRIVE. I just hope to continue doing what I do and be a beacon of positivity to those around me.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I have so many cool spots I like frequent and capture images. If I were to pick a few favorites I would suggest Atlantic Station, Cabbagetown, and Marietta Square

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I literally have a village behind me and I am so thankful for all of the support, big and small, that I receive for NinaLei Images. If I had to choose..I have always dedicated my personal and professional achievements to my mother who is an avid supporter of her children and our endeavors. And also my boyfriend who has invested so much into my brand and business.

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