We have reached the last Holiday Highlights, my series featuring six hard-working women who own a variety of small businesses that illustrate not only their talents, but their termination to carve out a little space to call their own, and I want to help.
It is no secret around these parts that Paris has a special hold on my heart. And since I cannot live there at the moment, I digest all that I can. The other thing I do is gaze at photos, other people’s photos. I have yet to capture Paris the way I want to with my own photography so I seek out others. Marisa Williams first commented on a post here in February which led me to her website and photography blog where I promptly fell in love. Then I found out she sold her work and I knew that I wanted to highlight her work here. You see Marisa is a traveler in love with Paris too and that makes us kindred spirits!
I asked Marisa if she would accept be interviewed so that we could get to know the artist behind the store and she graciously accepted.
[MWA] What inspired you to start your business?
[Marisa] Photography and other arts or crafts (e.g., calligraphy, book-making) have been a lifelong passion, but it was the gentle nudging and support of family and friends that gave me the courage to transform my self-taught hobbies into a business.
[MWA] You have amazing photos from all over the world, do you travel a lot? Specifically for business, or are these photos from vacations, etc.?
[Marisa] Making pictures is a pleasure and as I have no idea how to travel without camera constantly in hand, all of my adventures afar are working vacations.
[MWA] Where is your favorite place to take photos?
Europe is my undying source of inspiration and as much as I love France, my favorite European country is undoubtedly Italy. No competition. But if you want me to pin down a favorite photogenic European city, I’d have to say it’s a tie between those two grandest of dames – Venice and Paris. And if really hard-pressed, I’d have to pick Paris.
There are just too many beautiful photos in Marisa’s Etsy store Risamaymay so I have decided to giveaway a $30 spending allowance to buy what you want!
To enter to win breath-taking photos from Marisa, visit the Risamaymay Etsy store and take a look at her amazing images. Then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite was.
There are a few things I’d like you to do to assist this small business owner and if you do them, you can get extra entries to win the photos:
> If you have an Etsy account, add Risamaymay to your favorites
> Follow Risamaymay on Twitter
You have until midnight Saturday, December 31st to leave your comment and complete any extra entries you desire. I will use Random.org to select the winner.
Good luck / Bonne chance !