Mama of the Month – Alexandra Boncek

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Alexandra is our very first Mama of the Month! She is a fantastic photographer from Plymouth, Massachusetts. I am excited to share her story with you!

Tell us a bit about you and your journey as a mama and business owner.

Hi, I’m Alex. I grew up New Jersey, moved to Boston in 2010 and now, Plymouth, MA is my home. I am a lifestyle photographer who absolutely loves her job and everything that comes with it. I appreciate the people I meet, the places I go and everything there is to learn about photography. I love all of the in between moments that no one would think to capture and the joy that is shared when my clients see their images for the first time. I have a fun, relaxed and light style which shows through each of my images. Through the simple art of Ali B Photography, you will fall in love with a child, feel the softness of a kiss and experience the joy in a special day.

I specialize in lifestyle and wedding photography.

I have my BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and aside from Ali B Photography; I work full time as an Employment Specialist for a non-profit human services organization.

When I was little my close friends and family called me Ali. My mom passed away in 2002 and I wanted to represent her in my business some how. After thinking of several different names, this one stuck. Now, everyone calls me Alex so bringing Ali back is special to me.

On September 5, 2014 I became a mother to an adorable ( if I do say so myself), very talkative, extremely busy little boy who amazes me each and every day. I love watching him learn new things and I love hearing his stories. His name is Ethan, but to me, he’s ‘baby cakes’.  He was born ON his due date- the day after mine and my husbands 4 year anniversary.

Since having Ethan, working full time and owning my business, this journey has been rather crazy. Without my husband, there is no way I would be able to do it all. We work together on coordinating schedules so that I can do what I need to do as far as go to shoots, weddings and editing go. During the day, I am working my 8:30-4:30 job, I then pick up Ethan from day care, we spend time together, get dinner ready, do the bed time routine. Once he is asleep I spend time with my husband and then I get to work on my business at night, when they are asleep. I am tired. Very tired. But I care about each and every person I capture, each image I take, and I want to be sure that I am on top of my very long to do list, so my clients are happy and excited to see their images. At times I get very overwhelmed, sometimes angry, anxious because of all that I want to do and so little time to do it, but I am thankful that I can do what I love with the support of my little family and of course, all of the other business owners/momma’s who are all so supportive and help me to keep going when I just want to sleep.

What is one thing you’ve learned that you wish every business owning mama knew?

I started Ali B Photography 4 years ago and had no idea what I was doing. Now, I finally feel like I am confident in myself, my creativity, my business and it’s all because everyday I am looking to learn something new to better myself. If I had to share one thing that I have learned throughout this journey, it would be that social media is awesome and so easy for businesses. Now, a days, everyone is on social media. I have been working hard to increase my posting on Facebook, instagram and twitter along with Pinterest. The more you post, the more people will view your work and in turn, you get followers, likes, and potential clients. I have been trying to post 3-4 times a week and blog 1-2 times a week to drive more people to my website. You can schedule posts on Facebook and on WordPress if you have that hosting your blog,  so you don’t technically need to online when it posts! I feel like I should have known this awhile ago, but I recently just started to implement it and I see a big increase in followers!

Do you have a current obsession such as a certain book, podcast, meal, Instagram account, anything?

I am currently obsessed with the photographers out of AZ, Amy & Jordan, They inspire me as a photographer! I wish I had time to read.. haha…

Where do you see your business in a year from now?

In a year from now, I see my business growing. This has been my most busiest year thus far and while I allow myself to capture 10 weddings for the year and lots of little jobs in between, I work full time as an Employment Specialist- finding employment for those with mental illness. and disabilities. Next year we hope to grow our family, and I will then do photography full time, rebrand my website, I will have more than 10 weddings ( I hope) and I will be continuing to learn, network and be an awesome mom while growing my business.

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