Bec Zacher is one multi-passionate woman. The Gold Coast-based photographer, blogger and mother of three turned her love for photography into a business in 2016, and hasn't looked back. We chat with Bec about staying true to your own unique path and starting out small and dreaming big.
Did you always know that photography was your passion or did it take some time to develop?
I have always loved photography and spent many hours during high school in the darkroom developing my work and learning all I could. I went on to study communications and social work at uni and ended up working in child protection. I spent years working with children that lived in many foster homes and had very unsettled lives. Many of them did not have any photos of their childhood or of themselves with their biological families so I began bringing my camera to work and taking photos of them with their families so they would have some lasting memories to treasure. I fell in love with photography again and the stories and memories that can be captured and told through this art form.
How did you turn your passion into a thriving business?
I went on to leave my corporate job and start my own family and never really put my camera down. I was always shooting and sharing images of my own family and this naturally grew into getting enquiries and I decided at the start of 2016 to jump in and turn my love of photography into a business, Bec Zacher Photography and also a social project, Frames of Hope. It takes a lot of hard work and late nights to build a business with three young ones at home to look after but as long as I’m always moving forward, developing my skills, and running my own race, I’m super happy with that and I love that I get to do this as a job. Dream come true right there!
How important is staying true to yourself in following the path of your passion?
Staying true to myself is super important, especially in an industry that is so visual and competitive. It’s so easy to get lost in comparing myself to others as everyone’s work is so accessible these days. I have learnt how important it is to develop my own style and steer clear of trends or what I think people will like. Being able to say no to jobs that just don’t sit well or embody what I’m about has been really freeing. By honing in, finding my niche and serving my ideal customers incredibly well, I have found this to be far more rewarding than trying to appeal to the masses.
What is your favourite mantra or quote?
I love this quote from Phil Baker- “I long to always be the person who desires to achieve and grow in life. The kind of person who is not content to simply exist but has a sense of destiny, an inner awareness that, despite the pain of this world, I am meant to be part of the solution. The person who knows there is a job to do and just living for the weekend and looking forward to retirement, without developing the inner resource of the heart, is the highest form of selfishness and a wasted life”.
What advice could you offer others looking to achieve heart-based goals, embark on a passion project, business idea or new career direction?
Start where you are with what you have and give it a go! There will always be an excuse not to start but there won’t always be time on your side so what is the harm in giving it a go?
Start out small but dream big. Be smart about how you start, make a plan, get advice but don’t feel you need all your ducks in a row to get started. Many amazing entrepreneurs I know certainly didn’t start big, but they simply started and after many twists, turns and failures they found their feet.
Surround yourself with other creatives or thought leaders in the field you want to pursue and if you don’t have those people around you, put yourself out there and find them! Attend events, network online, learn all you can and build up that community as they will be so valuable to your growth.