What do you do when you work a 9-5 and then your dream opportunity opens up in front of you, risks and all? Jump in with both feet, I say.
To celebrate my cousin’s and her husband’s new business, The Steamboat Inn, we had amazing food and wine, and they brought me on to photoshoot for the week.
It was a dream come true for them to buy into, but also a dream come true for me to photograph. Hanging out in the Umpqua Forest, hiking trails and seeing waterfalls and mountains, and then coming back to an amazing place like the Steamboat Inn.
I didn’t get much sleep spending the day driving and siteseeing and then photographing at the inn at night and in the morning, but when work is fulfilling you can spend all your time at it and feel great pursuing purpose and helping others.
One thing I find fascinating is architecture that intersects well with nature. And the Steamboat Inn had that.
An amazing library with books on flyfishing and wine, and dining hall with a lodge type feel, a garden, and top-of-the-line food for me to practice my food photoskills. A challenge definitely, but something I was up for and loved.
On top of that, spending time with my relatives I hadn’t seen in a other was a great memory. We spent quite a bit of our dinner talking about the area and the clients they serve.
What are the trends from the younger people? How do we increase interest in flyfishing? Millenials like wine, also hiking, how can they take advantage of that?
What are some ways to find new clients who aren’t in on the Umpqua and Steamboat scene? How to utilize tech platforms like Facebook and Instagram?
It was great to hear from these business ideas and get the scoop from true entrepreneurs. What are some things you can do to think out of the box? If the old way is stagnant or doesn’t work, what you can change to get the edge back? Business owners must be thinking of this all the time.
Keep pushing on those edges, and keep it at least a bit uncomfortable. If you’re ever in the Umpqua region, drop in and say hi to my relatives at The Steamboat Inn. Enjoy the photos.