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July 17, 2022 42 min

Episode 3 Do you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed from working all the time and not having any time for yourself? Then this episode is for you! As a female business owner, Asa Shutts has to juggle a lot of balls - and when personal tragedy hits, she has to get creative to keep her business afloat.

In this episode, you will learn:

1. How Asa's business has adapted in response to COVID-19 2. What it is like to produce a virtual event 3. How to manage time and handle stress as a business owner  

Asa Shutts is a professional photographer and videographer who owns and operates Shuts Productions and Shutter and Splice. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has worked with a variety of clients, from weddings and newborns to corporate events and nonprofits.



"We just do!" - Asa Shutts  

There are a lot of unexpected things happening in the personal life of the owner of a photography business. She has to deal with it all at the same time as running her own business. Her son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Her dad died in April and her other son had a car accident and broke his neck. After her father died, Asa had three weddings to shoot in one weekend. One of the dads in the wedding party reminded her of her own dad.


As a child, she spent hours in her grandfather's basement looking through old black and white photos. When she went to college, she studied sculpture. And 20 years later, she met her husband, and they started doing video projects together. They started their business ten years ago and she added photo back into it.

  She recounts a story of a recent wedding they shot, which took place on a horse ranch in Wyoming. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, they were able to turn the event into a family vacation and produce stunning photos and videos of the event.   If you want to start a business as a photographer or videographer, you have to be tenacious, willing to work two jobs and be hungry and know what you're doing. The market is over saturated with photographers in every genre. The thing that's kept Asa Shutts in business is the fact that she can do photo, video, corporate and personal. She doesn't touch boudoir, unless you are a very dear friend who has mastered a few key poses. 607-591-9737   BOSSY RETREAT! Bossy Build and Balance Retreat in Geneva, NY October 16 - 19 2022. Register at   Loved this episode? Leave us a review and rating!   Other episodes you'll enjoy: Creating a Safe Space for Employees & Clients with Erika Sorbello How BOSSY Built the Best Support Group for Women Business Owners   MUSIC:

“Do It" by Infraction , “At the Hotel” by Paul Youdin, "You are the Best" by Cutesy Chamber Ensemble 

Testimonials: Christina Julian owns Scents by Design, a pour your own candle and custom fragrance bar located 728 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607. Christina likes BOSSY because it's an inclusive open space where she feels comfortable talking about her business and asking for advice.   Denise Ester is a member of BOSSY, a community of women of all entrepreneurial levels supporting, encouraging, stretching, correcting and loving each other so that we can be the best versions of ourselves to be successful business owners in our community. As a woman of color, it is important that there be inclusivity and respect of people's, cultures and the differences between us. And that's what you get with BOSSY.


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