Name: Lyndah Wells
Age: 30 ish:)))
Location: Freeport, Grand Bahama by way of London
Profession: Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer
Favorite Quote: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Who is Lyndah Wells?
Wife, Mum, Photographer, Loyal friend, Fashionista!
As a female photographer you’re always chic and fashionable and a few trends ahead of the lot. How would you describe your style:
Wow! that’s flattering I think my style of dressing is easy yet chic & sometimes it’s unexpected! I love experimenting with colours, prints and accessories that speak to me. I can search hi & low for the just the right skirt or bracelet. Living in Freeport can be restrictive but I make it work for me, I’ve found a fabulous retailer here that special orders for me. I shop online too, my favorite sites for keeping on trend are Gilt, Zara & Charm & Chain for fabulous accessories. I also love supporting small independent designers, so I have quite a few special order items.
If you had to donate everything in your closet to charity and could only keep five pieces, what would they be and why?!
Well my first would be my Monique L’hullier wedding dress, & my Louboutins also bought for my wedding. I have an amazing Lowe dress bought when I worked in retail in London for a steal, My brand new LV bag hubby bought for our 5th yr wedding anniversary in Paris this spring, and my Prada riding boots.
As an entrepreneur what advice would you give to women who would like to step out and be their own boss and create their own brand?
My first piece of advice is do what you love, when you follow this simple rule, the benefits you receive both monetarily and emotionally will just be icing on the cake! However, once you have decided to step out on your own you have to realize that first impressions really do count, they get you in the door, being skilled in what you do will keep you in the room, that has really been true in my case. When you show that not only do you know what you’re doing, but provide the service with professionalism, grace and over-deliver to your clients, your word of mouth recommendations surpass your expectations. Also keep track of your money, invest back in your business, make yourself stand out from the rest, create a style, a “brand” that is intrinsically you. The best compliment a client can pay to me is when we are in a consult and they say ” I came to you because I love your style of photography, I know I can’t get that elsewhere. My last piece of advice is learn from others, whatever field you’re in, there are many other with years more experience, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for advice, think about having a mentor.
How hard is it balancing motherhood/family and business, as you seem to do it with such ease while looking FAB!
I can’t say its easy but I make it work and try and do it looking good. I love my family, my husband is very supportive, When I have to travel for shoots he cares for Layla (our 15 month old daughter) We also have help at home. Layla is a very outgoing and independent little girl and that also makes it easier to to work full time. I try and make an effort everyday when I get dressed regardless of if I have a shoot, a client meeting or I’m sitting editing all day.
I take one day off during the week without fail, that day is a full mummy and me day doing silly things. Being a photographer your work doesn’t fall during the regular 9-5 hours so sometimes, I sneak out the house at 5am to start shooting other times I’m coming home at 2am after covering a wedding or event. but I wouldn’t swap it for the world.
What has been your greatest accomplishment in life thus far?
My family, I met my now husband whilst on a 10 day vacation in my 20′s. I was able to graduate from university, buy a home, move 5000 miles across the Atlantic, create a brand new life with new friends, start a brand new career which I love and I’m doing well in just a few short years, got married and became a mother. I couldn’t have planned all that even in my wildest dreams.
What makes Lyndah MAJOR?
My personality is totally MAJOR!!!!