Shadia Amen likes to say that the hardest thing she ever did was also the best thing she ever did.
A reluctant entrepreneur, Shadia spent 20 years as a special needs Nurse’s Aid in a local Dearborn, MI school before launching Shadia Amen Photography.
“I was forced to get my LLC actually,” Shadia explained. “My very first conference was “Rock that Photography.” in 2018. I was not going to go! I was going alone and didn’t want to go alone. On the day of the conference, I went to work and my coworkers got mad at me for not going to the event. They literally made me leave work, including the principal!”
Later at the conference, Shadia was called up on stage to participate in a session.
“I thought ‘Oh no!’ shaking my head because I know I’ll now have to speak in front of hundreds of people. But the worst moment of my life turned out to be my best! I tried to leave afterward and got stopped by 50 people asking me about me and my photography.”
Months later she was officially in business.
Now, she manages Shadia Amen Photography full-time, is the official TEDx Detroit photographer, and is also a staff member at Robert Courtney and Associates.
A busy single mom of two, Shadia will sometimes stay up until 3:00 am editing projects before waking up at 5:30 am to get her family’s day started again.
“Those nights hurt so bad! When shoots go well I don’t have to stay up so late to edit. But when I do and have to be back up again so early it’s painful,” Shadia shared.
It’s a tough schedule, but one Shadia wouldn’t trade for the world. Learn more about her entrepreneurial journey and how she makes her busy life work at her Weekly Campfire.
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