I’ve been following Vy Robles on Instagram for quite some time now. Her family portraits and newborn photography pics are so lovely. I like how she captures the natural outdoor lighting and sets her photos on location, usually in a nature setting like a park or beach.
When it came time for me to get new headshots done for my website, naturally I turned to Vy Robles Photography. Although the setting was at an outdoor mall in the San Fernando Valley, she found several great backdrops that evoked a natural setting. I found working with her very easy and she was able to draw a playfulness out of me that I feel captured my spirit in the photos.
Although I got to know Vy on a personal level, I wanted to find out more about her business.
Please meet the latest Real Mom of the SFV – Vy Robles!
How/why did you begin your business?
Vy: Back in the early 2000s, I started off just playing with a DSLR camera as a hobby, but eventually friends and family started asking if I could take their photos for keepsakes. It wasn’t until I started taking photos of my friends as they grew their families that I realized how much I loved doing this. After the pandemic started, I started getting more referrals for photos and decided to go for it! Life is too short, and in the midst of all of the lockdowns, I was in need of a creative outlet, connection to others, and a space for personal growth. It’s filled those voids while also supporting my family financially.
As a working mother, what is one tip or piece of advice that you would give to other female entrepreneurs?
Vy: Set boundaries. There is nothing more important than your physical and mental health because not only is it best for you, it’s best for your whole family. Allow yourself the time off that you need. It’s okay to take a weekend or even a week off. If your clients truly appreciate your craft, they will be there when you get back.
What do you like best about having a business in the San Fernando Valley?
Vy: The diversity! Not only is this represented in my clientele, but it’s also in the vast array of small businesses I get to connect and work with.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?
Vy: Just start. I delayed this for two years thinking it wouldn’t go anywhere so I kept it to a hobby and only to my inner circle. I can’t help but wonder where I’d be right now if I just took the leap back then! The worst that could happen is that it won’t work out, but no matter what you will learn a lot along the way.
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