Hey, Beauti reader: Photographer Emily Bartell from Virginia shares how she stays in #bossmode

Why this industry? 

I have always been creative and took an interest in the arts from a young age. I knew I wanted to pursue photography as a career after working with our fantastic wedding photographer and friend. Throughout the entire process, it was apparent how much she enjoyed her work; I was inspired by the way she was able to tell our story in such a meaningful way, while also bringing out the best in us. When I decided to leap she was an excellent source of support and guidance. I am so grateful for the time she took to help me in those beginning stages of my journey, and make it a point to pay it forward whenever possible.


“Don’t try to do everything at once. Break up each task.”
— Emily

When you feel overwhelmed or feel like giving up.

I think as entrepreneurs; those feelings are always going to creep in from time to time. I've found the best way to overcome those thoughts is to surround myself with a positive support system. Don't be afraid to lean on those people when you need them, and make sure you are always reciprocating the love. The more you give, the more it comes back to you!


 If I could go back in time, I would have invested more in education earlier on. I spent time trying to figure things out on my own. I would have saved myself trouble if I had.

Must have apps/software? 

17Hats for business software - It's a lifesaver for keeping my clients and projects organized, workflows and templates, scheduling calendar, invoicing/payments, contracts, and bookkeeping. My favorite apps are Planoly, Sunrise & Fall, and The Weather Channel.


Looking back is such a great way to remind ourselves how far we've come.

 Five years ago I was sitting in a cubicle in a job that was emotionally draining, and I just knew there had to be something else out there for me. There was a void in my life; I was desperate for a creative outlet and to be surrounded by other like-minded people. Pursuing my dream has given me a career that I can be proud of, and opened the door to some of the most amazing friendships.

Give advice and information freely. It will always come back to you.
— Emily

When I start to feel down, nature is my happy place. Taking time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day always puts things back into perspective. 

The biggest regret you'll ever have is not trying. If you try and fail, that's ok too! Give yourself grace and keep going, you will eventually find yourself on the path you were meant for. Never stop learning and growing. Most importantly, allow the right people and things to enter your life. You are worthy and deserving of all the blessings that life has in store for you!


When it comes to travel...

I think that's a different answer for every girl, just depending on what interests you the most. Personally I love food, music, and entertainment. I've never had the opportunity to travel outside of the country, but as far as US cities goes I would probably say Nashville. There is so much talent and diversity in one city, and being there makes you feel like you can be anything you want to be. You can't help but smile as you're walking down the strip at night, getting to experience music of all genres and people living out their dreams. You can forget about the worries of everyday life and just have a good time, while eating some of the best soul food you've ever had!



1. Allow yourself to be single. Learn who you are and what you want out of life. Relationships are so much more meaningful when both people have learned to be happy on their own first.
2. Go makeup free (in public) once in a while. Don't get me wrong; I enjoy wearing makeup; It's a fun way to enhance our features and express ourselves. What's even better, though, is learning to appreciate our natural beauty. It's liberating not to feel like you need to hide behind a mask to leave the house.


I'm currently enjoying the new series American Woman. It makes me appreciate my independence as a woman in today's society, and what others before me had to go through to get us to where we are now.



Our feelings and emotions are a gift. There is so much power in our vulnerability. Instead of bottling up our feelings, we express them and are able to move past our problems in a healthy way.