We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis and Ann Bushard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travis and Ann, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance is a huge aspect of how we run our business. Prior to having two kids, we would work as much as we could. We both had full time corporate jobs and ran the photography business full time as well. We didn’t mind it at the time since we got to spend time together working. Once we had children this completely shifted. We scaled back on weddings a little bit and 2 years ago Ann quit her full time job. We believe fully in hard work and early mornings and late nights but also spending as much time with our kiddos as possible. We normally take a few trips a year and we are lucky enough to do that. In order to be happy in life there has to be a balance between work and fun. Otherwise, you will burn yourself out even if you are in the job you love.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Running your own business is never easy. There are a lot of mistakes that were made and will continue to happen. It’s how we learn from those mistakes and move forward. Wedding and family portraits are a very competitive business and clients will come and go. We always try to keep all our clients feeling like we are old friends taking photos. We always take cues from the kiddos and take breaks when the pictures have becoming boring or they get wiggly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We like to hike and eat We would hit up both mountain and beach hikes to really take in all San Diego has to offer. We also run a boat charter company called Panga Charters and would end up on the bay or ocean for some fishing. Boba is a must and we would definitely stop at one of our many favorites. Taco Shop for lunch and some good seafood for dinner!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The book Eat, Pray, Love was a huge motivating factor in so much. The book really talks about being at your lowest and really rising from that. Enjoying the ride but also working hard to get where you need to be. Although, it was my (Ann) idea to start this business over 12 years ago, without all of Travis’ motivation and hard work to make this a dream come true has really kept the business going.