how to bring out the best in others

When Stephanie Willoughby agreed to be on my podcast, I knew the conversation would be inspiring and illuminating.

I didn’t realize how heartfelt and honest it would also be about what it really takes to do Great Work as an artist, a mother, and a woman.

Because Stephanie Willoughby is an AMAZING photographer… But the true wisdom came out when she spoke about how scary it is to ask someone you love to trust you that you can build a successful business…

And then they DO trust you.

Terrifying! This, the last guest episode of season one, goes out with a bang.

That’s not the only nugget of gold in here. Here’s another favorite:

Want to know her ‘s secret to entrepreneurial success?

“Just try it on.”

Not sure whether you can be a newborn photographer? Try it on (safely!).

Unclear on how to use social media to build a local business? Try it on.

Daunted by merchandising? Try it on.

Stephanie’s experimental and courageous attitude was an inspiration throughout the podcast. Take a listen, and you’ll be inspired, too!

Today we welcome an award-winning, published photographer, and the founder of Little Love Stories Photography, Stephanie Willoughby. Stephanie shares the struggles and joys she experiences doing her Great Work.

Join us as we discuss:

02:44 The connection and benefits of Photography – How photography affects generations.

09:21 How Stephanie’s visual artistry story evolved.

16:25 From photographing her baby to photographing families.

17:36 You have to photograph 100 – 200 newborns before you know what you’re doing. Newborn photography is the hardest and the slowest to develop.

19:46 Some of the struggles that Stephanie had to overcome to live her way into this current great work.

30:54 The People with a Growth Mindset – Fixed Mindset versus someone who’s not a Fixed Mindset.

37:32 When you’re not trying to maintain the illusion of perfection in everyone’s eyes, you can listen to the voice inside of you.

38:37 Just try it on! What’s the trouble in trying it on?

About the Guest:

Stephanie Willoughby is an award winning, published photographer, and the founder of Little Love Stories Photography, a photography company that focuses on newborn, maternity, and family photography. Stephanie is the proud Mother of 3 exceptionally wise children, 6 plucky chickens, and 2 scruffy dogs. Stephanie and her Husband manage their small farm in the suburbs of New Jersey, where she runs her business and works hard at becoming a better version of herself.


About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.