Hey busy bees,
I'm so excited to feature a Boss Babe duo on the blog this week! Emma and Colleen are owners of Shop Evolve in RVA! They are absolutely beautiful and ambitious women with an inspiring story to tell!
First up is Colleen!
I connected with Colleen through our mutual friend and boss babe, Remy Thompson! Colleen also owns a photography business! Colleen grew up in Midlothian VA and attended Cosby High School.
She says, "I always loved looking through old photographs and seeing how the styles and trends changed over time, as well as the style of photography, specifically because the women in the photos were evidently so strong and confident. I started out taking photography classes in high school, and eventually turned it into a personal business of mine, making it my sole purpose to take and create images that would translate as pieces of art for all of my clients.
Now that I am able to combine my photography passion with my passion for style, I feel like I am living my dream every day.
In my spare time, you’ll catch me jamming to some old school rap; always ready for whatever life throws at me!"
A girl after my own heart with the old school rap! <3
Now it's time to meet Emma!
Emma is also from Midlo and is a Cosby HS Grad! She says, "I originally attended the Virginia Military Institute on a soccer scholarship on a pre-med track for the Army, but I soon found out that my heart wasn’t in it, so I decided to chase after something that I had always loved, and that something was fashion."
She then went on to VCU’s Fashion Merchandising program where she learned everything from Textiles, to Photoshop, to Line Development, and eventually Entrepreneurship, which is where she found her true love and mission within the fashion industry.
She currently lives with her boyfriend and 6 month old golden retriever puppy!
Now that you've learned more about them, let's dive into Shop Evolve.
Tell us about your background and What led you to pursue your passions and launch your business!
What do you feel is your biggest responsibility as a female business owner?
There are many women reading this blog who have a passion or business they want to pursue, but feel held back from their full time job or other responsibilities. I know you both can relate to this because Emma, you work full time at a menswear company (50 hours a week) and Colleen, you run your own photography business.
I think hearing about your routines to stay productive would be helpful for our readers. There are so many times we feel completely overwhelmed with everything we have to do! How do you manage to do it all?!
One of my biggest pieces of advice for boss babes is to find a tribe, and like-minded women to support them. It's so much better to have someone to talk business with. It can be lonely, especially if you work your business at home.
You guys seem so close, and I know how much you value one another. Tell us more about that! How do you support one another?
What else keeps you motivated during the tough times?
How do you prevent burnout or manage a positive work/life balance?
So amazing! Thank you Colleen and Emma for being part of the Busy Bee Blog! Your story is an inspiration to so many others. I know this is just the beginning for both of you and can't wait to see your new website launch!
You can follow Shop Evolve at:
Shopevolve.co - sign up for the update of the website launch...coming soon!
Instagram - @shopevolve
Thanks for being part of the Busy Bee blog, girls!
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