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How to Keep Going When Your Life is Falling Apart

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

Do you find yourself overwhelmed and stressed from working all the time and not having any time for yourself? Do you feel alone and unsupported because you don't have anyone to help you with your business? Then this blog is for you.

As a female business owner, Asa Shutts has to juggle a lot of balls - and when personal tragedy hits, she has to get creative to keep her business afloat.

On the latest episode of

Getting Real with BOSSY podcast,

you will learn:

1. How Asa's photography business has adapted in response to COVID-19

2. What it is like to produce a virtual event

3. How to manage time and handle stress as a business owner

4. How to keep business going when your personal life is falling apart!

Other episodes you'll enjoy:

"We Just Do!" - Asa Shutts

Asa Shutts is a professional photographer and videographer who owns and operates Shuts Productions and Shutter and Splice. She has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has worked with a variety of clients, from weddings and newborns to corporate events and nonprofits.

There are a lot of unexpected things happening in the personal life of the owner of a photography business. She has to deal with it all at the same time as running her own business.

Her son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Her dad died in April and her other son had a car accident and broke his neck. After her father died, Asa had three weddings to shoot in one weekend. One of the dads in the wedding party reminded her of her own dad.


As a child, Asa spent hours in her grandfather's basement looking through old black and white photos. When she went to college, she studied sculpture. And 20 years later, she met her husband, and they started doing video projects together. They started their business ten years ago and she added photography back into it.

She recounts a story of a recent wedding they shot, which took place on a horse ranch in Wyoming. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, they were able to turn the event into a family vacation and produce stunning photos and videos of the event.

Selfie Mode

If you want to start a business as a photographer or videographer, you have to be tenacious, willing to work two jobs and be hungry and know what you're doing. The market is oversaturated with photographers in every genre. So the thing that's kept Asa Shutts in business is the fact that she can do photo, video, corporate and personal.

She doesn't touch boudoir, unless you are a very dear friend who has mastered a few key poses.


Photography & Videography in Rochester, NY



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