What is the name of your company?
What exactly does your company do?
Brittany Gidley Photography specializes in newborn, child, and family photography. We currently serve Cleveland Ohio, New York City, Hawaii & are available for travel worldwide.
Why did you start this company?
Brittany Gidley Photography was born from a love of caring for babies & families. I knew I could serve these families in a way that just wasn’t available & be a blessing to so many along the way!
What was the process like? Help us understand what it is like for a nurse to start their own business
One of the HUGE benefits of transitioning into owning my own business from nursing is the flexibility in scheduling. I was able to go from full time to per diem as the business grew.
What has been the hardest thing about starting your business?
The hardest thing for me, personally, in starting my own business has been responding to why I would ever consider leaving such an amazing nursing job. I often got asked if I regretted the time and expense of obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree when it isn’t a requirement of my current role. And of course, the answer is no. The discipline needed in obtaining that degree, along with the detail oriented, gentle nature of working in the NICU fully prepared me to utilize those skills and use them to get ahead in the business world too!
What would you say are the 5 most important resource for a nurse who wants to start their own business?
- Keep God first. Involve Him in every decision- big or small!
- Make room to be a blessing. This means room in your schedule, business budget and heart.
- Decide what you want out of the business and build the business around those goals.
- Find friends in your industry to lean on, learn from & laugh with!
- Be passionate about what you do and why you are doing it!
Do you have any unfortunate stories that you could share with us to prepare and warn us of the possible pitfalls of being a self-employed nurse?
Honestly, we have been incredibly blessed from the start.
Do you have any success stories to share?
One of the most exciting happenings is the recognition and spotlight that we have been given. We were named Cleveland’s Best Portrait Photographer 3 years in a row & have been featured in national publications and magazines too!
Are you currently making six figures?
Yes, I am.
I can’t play ball, cook or hold a tune to save my life… but I can create one heck of a fine art image out of a squishy little newborn baby & give you the family session of your dreams!
I’m Brittany & I own Brittany Gidley Photography, LLC.
I left Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree- not in photography- but in nursing. With 8 years of experience as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), I took care of the sickest and smallest babies in the city.
My expertise in newborns merged with my love of photography over 4 years ago to create a premium photography experience.
A few things you might like to know about me:
Every click of my shutter is for God’s glory- not my own.
My entire team of Newborn Posing Specialists have been NICU nurses too!
My home is Cleveland, Ohio. I also serve New York City and the Big Island of Hawaii.
When you meet me- I will hug you. Probably more than once.
Named the Best Portrait Photography by the Cleveland Hot List, not once or twice, but three times- it’s an honor to turn gorgeous families & teeny tiny babies into artwork every day. I promise to pour my heart, soul, time & talent into our session.
You are important to me & I can’t wait to give you the very best!