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#BOSSLADYDREAM Finalist: Meet Julia Ciavaglia from Art Around Photography

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Julia Ciavaglia from Art Around Photography is one of our #BOSSLADYDREAM competition finalists! Check out her 60-second video here. We're announcing the winner of the $40k Business & Branding Package on 4 July...


What drove you to start your own business?

I’m a qualified architect and after immigrating to Australia I found it hard to get a job as an architect. I always loved taking photos and considered photography my hobby. One day I realised what a great option I had to make my hobby into a business and enjoy every bit of it!  

What has been your greatest challenge so far?

My greatest challenge so far is the financial and administrative part of my business. I’m trying to learn marketing and accounting basics to implement into my business strategy. 

What has been one of your best highlights?

Being published in UK Digital Photo Magazine and interviewed for another couple of online magazines. 

How do you keep motivated being a boss lady?

I do what I love to do and it’s a great motivation for me! Being able to express myself visualising different scenes and characters and helping people to preserve their memories in the most creative way.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is the amazing photographer Annie Leibovitz, who makes creative and gorgeous editorials for such magazines as Vanity Fair and Vogue. I also adore the work of American photographer Gregory Crewdson, who works with a whole production team to create one perfect shot.

What blogs/mags or insta feeds do you follow for you business?

Hello May, White Magazine, @EmiliSotoFashionPhotographer, @AmandaDiazPhotography, @Kristymitchellphotography.

What is the best quote, book or piece of advice that has been given to you on this journey?

I think “Believe in yourself no matter what and success will come!” has kept me striving to archive my goals.

What would winning the #BOSSLADYDREAM competition mean to your business? How will it change things for you in particular?

Winning the competition would mean a lot to me, as I’m struggling to promote my business and to reach the next level of professionalism. I need to put my name out there to get more clients and grow my business. I believe if I were to win the competition I would be given much needed help with the administrative side of my business.