Naomi has been a world traveler since birth, living in the ice desert of Mongolia with her missionary parents who took her family on occasional visits to Korea, Russia, China, and Thailand. Her 18th birthday came with the expiration of her Mongolian visa and despite her hatred for large bugs, Naomi moved to Lakeland, Florida. It was here that she learned how to drive, figured out work and college, and tackled her fear of ordering at fast food restaurants. Through all of this, she was never without her camera and what was once a hobby, is now her full-time career.
What is your business? Wedding photography! Although, I would like to broaden my offerings to lifestyle & people photography.
Who are your clients? Those who love life, adventure, and each other.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? The thrill! It’s a constant adrenaline rush and I love every part of being a business owner.
Something interesting? I’ve shot weddings in Arizona, South Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, London, and Thailand! California and Texas will also be added to the list this year.
Business win? Being full-time. I can hardly believe that I’m able to support myself by doing what I love, including traveling the world!
Why Lakeland? Lakeland is the perfect combination of big city spirit and small town vibe. Once you get plugged into the true community of Lakelanders, it is hard to deny the sense of family. I can’t imagine a better place to grow.
What would you like to see in Lakeland? More young professionals and entrepreneurs to add to the exciting growth already in this area.
Favorite things to do in Lakeland? Hang out downtown, hammock in Peterson Park, grab a iced latte at Concord Coffee.
How has Catapult helped you? Having an “office” to go to every day, surrounded by an inspiring community of hard-working geniuses, is going to be the fuel that pushes my business to the next level!
Secret Sauce? Personal peace. If the order of my personal life is askew, then my business suffers as a result!