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WCW- Angela Garbot

How would you like the world to see you? I know this question sounds deep, but for most of us the first impression we put out there can be found online. From Social Media and Professional Profiles, our websites, or even Dating Apps, the photos we put up are our introductions to potential clients, long lost friends, or possibly even a future love interest!

How will you share special memories long after the day has passed? Walking down the aisle, your first pet, the birth of a child, generations of family together, these moments are what we cherish for years and years.

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The answer to both questions leads to my November WCW, Angela Garbot, the owner of Angela Garbot Photography. I have a deep love for photography, passed down from my Dad who always had his camera for family trips and special moments. When I met Angie, her love for capturing all those special moments came through right away. Her ability to connect is what I believe to be her key to so much success.

This same ability makes Angie an amazing Business Owner. I’ve learned so much from her natural and giving approach to networking. She meets and introduces other Business Owners, not in hopes of gaining business alone but in providing business as well. If you need someone, she knows someone. She’s grown her business from referrals and values the relationships she develops with each client.

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Meet Angela Garbot– Owner of Angela Garbot Photography

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When did you decide you wanted to start your business?
About 12 years ago, I was still in my “former life,” as I like to call it, running my first business, providing strategic IT consulting services…a little different from photography! I was successful, working and traveling most weeks for clients on the West Coast. But, it was becoming a grind, I was really burned out and I knew I had to make a change. Photography has been part of my life since I was a child, and I was apprehensive about turning it into my “job.” The entrepreneur in me was ready to do something I was passionate about, the IT consultant in me took a little convincing! With support from family and friends, I took the plunge, transitioning slowly into photography on a full-time basis. It was the best decision I’ve made, and I’ve never looked back, celebrating 11 years in business this year. 

Who has been your biggest mentor and what have you learned from them?
I’ve had so many people provide support and help along the way! My Dad, Frank, who would own a small business of his own, supported and encouraged me when I went out on my own with the consulting practice at a time when most of my colleagues thought I was crazy to leave a “cushy” Fortune 500 job. He told me that I would be good at anything I set my heart on, but that didn’t mean I would be happy doing it, and that I should find what made me happy. That was a big lesson for me, starting to see that “work” didn’t have to be…just a job. Once I made the transition to photography, I became involved in and Board Member of the Chicago Photography Center, where I had countless talented photographers share their experiences with me and become a source of inspiration for my photographic vision. As I continue to hone my craft and evolve as an artist, the husband and wife photography and design team of Bob and Dawn Davis have been an ongoing source of education and support. From them I’ve learned to challenge myself to continue to grow as a photographer and educator.

What would you consider to be your biggest success?
My referral network. It is such an honor when people refer their family, friends and clients my way. It’s the ultimate compliment, and it’s what I base my business on.

Where would you like to see your business go in the next year?
I’m evolving my business approach in big ways right now, both practically and artistically, and the next year will be about implementing new practices that will better support my current client base and allow me to grow beyond my current capabilities. I’ve also launched a fun, new business with my colleague and fellow female entrepreneur, Kirsten Goede, called Big League Pins, which grew out of our shared love for the Cubs and the need for cuter, more fashionable sports-related accessories. It’s already evolving into much more, so it’ll be exciting to see what the next year brings!

Why should someone hire you?
I’m not a one-size-fits-all kind of photographer. Each subject – whether it’s a wedding, family, food, business – has a unique story to tell, and I am passionate about finding that singularity and expressing it through the photographs we make together.

And just for fun, what’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?
Thanks to your recommendation, I can’t live without the Deva Curl products I use on my naturally curly hair. They have COMPLETELY changed my hair life.

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From special occasions to professional headshots (all of my headshots included), Angie has the ability to quickly relax her subjects. I’ve had the privilege of providing hair and makeup services for many of her clients, and to watch her in action is incredible. She can crack a joke at just the right moment!

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Angie was also interviewed in action about her work by Ben Hollis… watch here!

Does this cute face look familiar? A few weeks ago, Angie captured our little dog, Charlotte, despite the distractions (a rooster wandering down our city street… no joke) around us!

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From the walls of your home to the profiles you have online, beautiful photos are timeless. If you’re looking for a holiday session, are engaged, or expecting a baby, I can’t recommend Angie enough! And as a fellow Entrepreneur, there is so much to learn from her collaborative approach to her businesses growth!

XO,

LW

Featured Image of Angela Garbot provided by Melissa Diep 

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