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Conversations with the Inspiring Carly Monson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Monson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been pushing and clicking buttons for as long as I can remember, so it is no surprise, I took an interest in photography at a very young age. I loved it as a hobby and enjoyed learning new ways to use my camera. Eventually, I got too busy with that hobby and I was doing it less and less. When I started medical school, I felt weighed down with the heaviness of non-creative brain activity. I loved what I was learning but still felt the need to be creative elsewhere. I fell back in love with photography and began doing it to spark joy outside of school. Unexpectedly, people started asking me to photograph them, and Carly Monson Photography was born! It hasn’t been easy starting and building a business while being a full-time medical student, but the pure joy and excitement that it brings me is worth every late night and early morning.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. I struggled, and still struggle to find the balance between work, school, family, exercising, sleeping, and taking care of myself. I don’t think anyone truly has it together all of the time, and if it appears they do, they are probably lying. There were times when my health suffered because I was busy building multiple audiences. I struggled financially to get the gear and education that I knew I needed to succeed on a student’s budget. I ungracefully teetered back and forth with prioritizing work, school, and relationships. I’ve accepted the constant hustle right now because I know that it will get better. Eventually, I will no longer be in school, and I will have established myself in the business world. For now, the work needs to be put in. Having a great support system also makes a world of difference. I’m very grateful to be supported by my family, friends, and loved ones!

My best advice to someone just starting their journey is to believe in yourself, stay positive, and never give up. Things may look bleak from time to time (or even very often) but that doesn’t mean that they always will. Keep the end goal in mind! You WILL make it there one day, probably sooner than you think.

What should we know about Carly Monson Photography? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a photographer, I specialize in portraits and weddings. My favorite thing in the entire world to photograph is people that are in love! Everyone expresses love differently to each other, and capturing what that means to each individual couple makes what I do very fulfilling. I have a very light and bright style, and I love the way emotion comes through in the images. I’m most proud of the fact that I maintain lasting friendships with my clients. I don’t try to just photograph them and never see them again. I truly want to be friends, and support them in any endeavors they take on in life whether that be a career, starting a family, traveling the world, or just needing a friend to talk to.

As for naturopathic medicine, as a profession, we are committed to finding the root cause of illness and treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. It is a unique way of practicing medicine in today’s world, The average medical doctor spends 7 minutes with each patient. Naturopathic doctors spend anywhere from 1-2 hours with a patient making sure their concerns are heard, and they feel well taken care of. We have many tools that we can use including pharmaceuticals, botanicals, homeopathy, acupuncture, therapeutic nutrition, hydrotherapy, and much more. Our goal is not to heal our patients, but to provide them with the necessary tools and education so that they can heal themselves. It is empowering for patients to be able to do that for themselves.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Yes, definitely! For podcasts I love:
The Goal Digger,
Rise Together,
Brene Brown, and any Ted Talks.

For books I love:
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero,
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis,
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein,
Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop,
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud,
Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Carly Monson Photography

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