Interview with TOP 20 Scooler, Guy Chapman, from Guy Chapman Photography
We sat down to get to know Guy Chapman from Guy Chapman Photography a bit better…
THE TEEN BEHIND THE BUSINESS:
My name is Guy Chapman and Guy Chapman Photography is for the authentic and adventurous warriors of love. The photography ranges from weddings, wildlife, elopements, families and couples, and is all created on the basis of authentic and real life.
10 QUESTIONS TO GUY
– How did you come up with your business idea?
I have always been passionate about people, nature and photography and so that’s where it all began. I put all my interests together, with the help of my business mind and creativity. I have loved having the tool of social media too.
– How many hours per week do you dedicate to your business?
I don’t know how to answer this because it varies. Some days I spend 1 hour replying to emails or Instagram questions, other days I’m on an adventure for 5 hours taking photographs. I could say I dedicate approximately 15-20 hours to my business every week.
– Do you have entrepreneurial parents/family? Who inspired you on this path?
Yes, both of my parents are entrepreneurs, but I was inspired to start my business purely from my passion and my business mind. I was also inspired by a good friend of mine, Em Gatland.
– Who is your mentor?
I have had lots of people helping me out with my business.
Jenna Bird (my music teacher) helped me a lot and she does photography too, so it was lovely being able to go to music lessons and then speak about photography too.
I have also received a lot of help from Em Gatland and online resources from India Earl.
– What advice would you give other teens looking to start a business?
You won’t succeed if you’re not passionate about more than your business. You need to be passionate and willing to help your clients value the experience/product that you have to offer. You need to be 100% committed. Some people say “if you do what you love, you won’t work a day in your life”, and I disagree with that because if you do what you love, you will work your hind off and try your hardest to reach your goals.
– How do you personally define business success? Is it money? Freedom? Influence? Creative expression and innovation?Something else?
Business success is defined by how honest you are with yourself and your goals, and how hard you have worked to achieve them. Success isn’t determined by comparing your business to others either, it’s about understanding where you can improve and making those changes. The success of your business is determined by how much you put into it.
– What was the last gift you gave someone?
A free photo session
– What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
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– Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
I haven’t watched Spiderman or Batman.
– You find a lottery ticket that ends up winning R10 million. What would you do?
R1 million would definitely go towards marketing and advertising for Guy Chapman Photography. I would also pay for the rest of my studies, as well as my brother and sister’s education. After that, I would invest in real estate and would support local designers to decorate the interiors, and then I would donate some money to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. A 2 week safari at Londolozi followed by the Okavango Delta and Mana Pools would be great. I would invest the remainder in a compound interest plan.