#WCW – Natalie Probst

I’m so excited to share a new segment here on the See Song Designs blog called Woman Crush Wednesday! Each week, I’ll be interviewing women entrepreneurs who have followed their dreams and paved their own career paths.

I really wanted to start a weekly post to highlight not only the glamorous side of running your own business but also the challenges and different perspectives of woman entrepreneurs . Each of these women is so unique and empowering, and I hope you feel inspired by their journeys!

Our first #WCW is Natalie Probst from Natalie Probst Photography. I met Natalie a few years ago here in Chicago, and I am constantly in awe of her amazing wedding photography skills. You will see from her photos that she definitely has a talent for capturing love and emotion in her photos.

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Name: Natalie Probst
Company: Natalie Probst Photography
Years in Business: 2.5 years since I went full time with my business

When did you know photography was going to be your full-fledged business?

I honestly can’t remember wanting to pursue anything else! I think things clicked back in high school for me, and I knew early on that this is what I wanted to pursue. I was working for a studio photographer who became a great mentor. In my junior year, I began taking photography classes at our local college since photography wasn’t offered through my high school. I realized I had a passion for it and after high school, went on to study photography in college.

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What was the most challenging part of starting your business?

Initially it was just gaining clients. When I moved to Chicago after college, I didn’t have much previous wedding work to show clients even though I had editorial and portrait photography experience. But with every wedding I photographed, I was lucky to have clients who would promote my work and me. A referral is the best compliment you can get! Through referrals and networking with other wedding vendors, my business began to grow.

What’s a typical day for you like?

Every day is different, and I’m lucky to be able to set my own schedule. Some days I’m in my home office editing and emailing, others I’m photographing an engagement session or co-working with other wedding vendors. I do find my clients tend to enjoy a glass of champagne as much as I do, so some evenings you can find me getting to know them over a good glass of bubbly.

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What is the hardest part about running your business now?

I think sometimes the hardest part is balance. When you run your own business, you tend to work 24/7 and you feel as if you need to. I’m going into my third full wedding season and finally starting to give myself a little grace when it comes to that. Trying to shut the office door at a certain time and enjoy some time with my husband. It’s not always easy but it’s important!

What is the most rewarding part?

I’m lucky to be able to say that my job is SO rewarding. I think the most rewarding part is not only when the couple loves the photos, but when their parents and friends and families love them too. After all, they and their families for generations to come will be enjoying these photos!

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Since you’ve seen so many weddings and been a bride yourself, do you have any tips for couples for their big day?

Oh absolutely! Just like finding a mate, finding a photographer for your wedding is an emotional experience. Not only should you connect with their work, but you should connect with them personally as well. It’s important to find that photographer that not only you can see yourself working with for 8-10 hours on your wedding day, but working with for the year leading up to the wedding. This goes for all of your wedding vendors; find people that you connect with!

Who would be your dream client?

My dream client is someone who trusts myself and my vision 100%. When a client understands you, your style, and your work, creating images from their day becomes that much easier! Having their trust is everything.

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How do you unwind, and what do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time you can find me grabbing a cocktail with my husband or cozying up at home. Summer tends to be the busiest time of year for us, so recently we’ve been soaking up our Saturdays with no plans 🙂

What are you obsessed with right now?

I’m pretty obsessed with our new 9-week-old dachshund puppy, Millie. We’ve wanted a dachshund for years so it’s crazy that it finally happened! She’s got quite the personality and keeps me on my toes.

If you want to see more from Natalie, make sure you check out her Instagram @natalieprobst for more of her stunning photography, and of course, her adorable new puppy!

 

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A Little Update

THANK YOU!

It’s been a fantastic first year of business here at See Song Designs. There is really nothing that can compare to the feeling of making your dreams become a reality. This first year has brought some tremendous highs and lows which have taught me countless lessons as an entrepreneur and a jewelry designer. I really can’t thank each of you enough from my friends and family, to the amazing bloggers and boutique buyers I’ve worked with, to the media and press that have so graciously recognized my jewelry, and most importantly, to each and every person that has bought a piece of See Song Designs Jewelry. With each piece being personally designed and made, it is really amazing to see my customers wear and love the jewelry that I lovingly make with my own hands. In the end, making jewelry makes me happy, and I am ecstatic that you all share my love and vision with every piece you own.

NEW COLLECTION & WEBSITE

With Fall right around the corner, I will be debuting our Fall and Holiday collection on a new website. Our website will be launching soon and you can buy jewelry directly from the site for U.S. and Canadian customers. International orders will still be available through Etsy or through special requests. Here’s a little sneak peek at the new site!

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SSD ON TV!

On September 4, SSD jewelery will be featured on the show, The League, on FXX. A very special surprise guest star will be wearing SSD, so be sure to tune into the season premier to see who it is! If you keep up with the show, you probably already know who it is 😉

Again, thank you for your love and support, and I can’t wait to share all of See Song Designs’ successes with you. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get up to date news on what we’re up to 🙂

Best,
Liz

Recap: Chicago Sidewalk Sale 2013

Last week, See Song Designs was a vendor at the 7th Annual Chicago Sidewalk Sale in Daley Plaza. The weather was perfect, and it was great to meet some of our loyal fans and interact with new customers! I also got to debut our new table set-up which featured a brand new black and white chevron table cloth which was a great compliment to the bold and bright jewelry. The Sidewalk Sale was sponsored by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Fashion Focus Chicago, and each day included a fashion show featuring some of the designers selling at the Sidewalk Sale and Factor Models. One of the best parts of doing events is being able to make friends and network with other designers who have a similar passion for fashion and design. My booth neighbor was Megan Lee Designs, and I bought my new favorite t-shirt from her line of super comfy and cute clothing. Be sure to check our Where to Buy page to see where we’ll be selling next and sign up for our email list so you never miss the chance of checking out See Song Designs Jewelry in person. Check out some of the pictures from the Sidewalk Sale below!

Liz and the See Song Designs booth at the 2013 Chicago Sidewalk Sale

The See Song Designs booth at the 2013 Chicago Sidewalk Sale and Liz wearing our Marbled Acrylic Collar Necklace

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The most adorable models on the runway. Love her little pose!

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Shop SSD at the Chicago Sidewalk Sale

Shop local this week and support your favorite Chicago designers and small businesses at the 2013 Chicago Sidewalk Sale! See Song Designs along with other local Chicago designers will be selling all things fashion including accessories, clothing, and of course, jewelry. The event will be at the iconic Daley Plaza on July 23 & 24 from 9am-3pm. There will also be a runway show at noon each day styled by Garmental’s Style Director, Suzanne Kopulous. Hope to see you there!Chicago Sidewalk Sale Flyer

Simply Stylist Chicago

Simply Stylist is coming to Chicago on Saturday, June 8th, and I am so happy to announce that See Song Designs will be a part of this fabulous event! Simply Stylist is a company dedicated to connecting consumers with top tier designers, stylists, and tastemakers in the fashion and beauty industry. Simply Stylist has held their successful networking event in New York and Los Angeles, and this is the very first time that Simply Stylist will be in Chicago.

Attendees will get the chance hear from prominent beauty and fashion panelists which include Catt Sadler, host of E! News, Corri McFadden, founder of eDrop -Off, and Jacey Duprie, blogger behind Damsel in Dior, to name a few. After the panel discussions, Simply Stylist will be holding an exclusive beauty and fashion shopping event where you can shop See Song Designs’ Spring/Summer collection along with other brands. The shopping event also includes the opportunity to be styled by celebrity stylist and president of Rad & Refined, Jacqueline Rezak. Guests will also have the chance to get complimentary manicures from LVX and blowouts from Blowtique. This is going to be a major event, and if you love fashion, beauty, and networking, you cannot miss Simply Stylist in Chicago. Visit the Simply Stylist website to learn more about the event and be sure to get your tickets to this amazing event!

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Recap: Pop-Up Shop at Langford Market

A few weeks ago, I held a Pop-Up Shop at Langford Market in Lincoln Park. It was the store’s 1st Birthday, and I was so happy that See Song Designs could be a part of the celebrations. Mimosas were flowing and there were yummy cake balls to munch on. Of course, there was lots of cute clothes and jewelry galore. Check out some snaps from the event below. I was able to get a really cute chevron dress from the boutique, which I of course wore for the event as well 🙂

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SSD at Randolph Street Holiday Market

If you need to finish your holiday shopping, be sure to come to Randolph Street Market’s Holiday Market on December 15th & 16th. If you have never been to a Randolph Street Market, you should definitely get a chance and check it out. The atmosphere is great with all sorts of amazing vendors selling everything from one of a kind antiques to delicious food. My first time ever exhibiting my jewelry was at the June Randolph Street Market, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart.

The Randolph Street Markets are headed by Sally Schwartz who is a super fun and eccentric person, and if you go you will probably see her running around the show. Check out this great video interview with her on Chitown Fashionista’s Closet Conversations.  Be sure to get your tickets in advance to take advantage of their discounted prices!

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See more pictures and vendors at their Facebook Page!