February 1, 2020 marks the first year anniversary of the bri creative. This small business has been a little dream of mine for quite some time. I am very happy it has finally become a reality.

In 2018, I quit my job in Boston and moved back to California. I did not have a job secured and was not sure where I would be heading next. It seemed as though there was a dense fog around me and I couldn’t see more than a few steps in front of me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that fog was a blessing I didn’t know I needed. As I was figuring out what I really wanted to do, where I wanted to see myself in five years, I kept coming back to photography.

In 2011, I began to side-hustle as a photographer. I never called it a side-hustle because I didn’t realize that is what I was doing, but dude, I was doing it. I had a new, snazzy DSLR. I was beginning to book clients. Then, I decided I wanted to move to the east coast so I decided to stop my photography side-hustle because I didn’t want to take it with me {big regret!}. In 2014, I moved to Boston, which led me to find a path in marketing. In 2015, I began to side-hustle as a social media coordinator. I continued to photograph as a hobby - but kept it to nature / architectural work. As time continued, people were constantly complimenting me on my photos. I realized how much I missed doing it and decided to start my photography side-hustle again. I was in Boston at the time and was having a hard time getting it off of the ground.

During this time, I was also considering leaving Boston. I had had a great time and experience living there, but I was ready for something new. I was considering moving abroad but realized that would have to be put on hold. Instead, I decided to move back home because I didn’t have a longing to move anywhere else in the US. After much contemplating, I decided to make the move back home in 2018. I was daydreaming about having my own business, being my own boss, making my own rules. I wanted to create, I wanted to inspire, I wanted to do my own thing. While I was contemplating on moving and trying to get my side-hustle started again, I did not think it would be possible to go into a full-time business. It made no sense. People were telling me that I could do it. They saw my potential and my dream to be a full-time photographer more than I could see it. I would laugh and say “oh, no, no. That’s going to take some time.”

Cue to 2019. Still in that dense fog. As I thought about where I wanted to be, where I wanted to go, I kept coming back to photography. Photography has my heart. It is my passion. It is what makes me happy. I decided to pursue my passion and launch that damn business. That business that I have written down on my life bucket list. That business that I’ve longed for. That I’ve dreamed for. That I’ve WANTED.

I sat down and began to plan the services I wanted to provide. I thought about how I have a passion for digital marketing and could also add that in as a service. Then I thought: why not combine the two? So I did. As I was thinking of names, I knew I didn’t want my full name to be in the title. I knew I wanted “bri” and “creative” to somehow work together. I have a thing for puns, so I decided to take “be creative” to another level and created: “the bri creative.”

When I began telling people I was starting a business, most of the responses were: “oh yeah, that’s your passion, makes sense.” or “you’re finally doing it?” or “you have to follow your dream!” I think I was the only one sleeping on my potential as a small business owner.

I have big hopes and dreams for this little business. I want to travel the world and share my creative talents with others. I want to add more creative services under my umbrella when the time is right. I’m proud of this little business - even though there are times when I want to throw in the towel, which is a story for another time.

For now, I leave you with this: if you want to start that business. DO IT. Even if it has to be a side-hustle for some time. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.