Lindsay Manseau

Lindsay Manseau Interview: Freelance Photographer and Beyond

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart on April 23, 2010 · 21 comments

Lindsay Manseau’s mom started a freelance wedding photography business when Lindsay was 14.

She wanted to help her mom out so she volunteered to accompany her to a bridal show. Two years later, Lindsay had gotten involved in every aspect of the photography business – from networking with brides to doing the paperwork to taking the pictures – and she loved every minute of it.

In 2009, Lindsay photographed 25 weddings on her own as a freelancer. Her business was thriving, but she wanted a way to better connect with her couples and the wedding industry. That’s when Lindsay began developing My Marriage Market, an online platform where couples and vendors will be able to connect. The site is set to launch later this summer. In the mean time, Lindsay is a 20-year-old college junior studying entrepreneurship and small business at the University of Southern Maine.

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What would you tell an up-and-coming entrepreneur?

A: Be strong. Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.

Don’t take no for answer. Not everyone out there has great news to tell you. A lot of people would have you believe that there is no way you could start your own business in this economy. But don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Say, “You know what? I have the possibility to do it anyway.”

But there are also a lot of times when you need to listen to somebody else. When you’ve been through those teen years of thinking that you know everything, it’s difficult to be able to sit back and say, “You’re right. How can I make myself better?” It’s not something that I do perfectly yet, but It is something that I’ve figured out is important.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: At this point, I’ve given up guessing. I thought that I wanted to be an environmental scientist and I was wrong. I thought that I wanted to be a graphic designer and I was wrong. I ended up in business, so I don’t really know where I’m headed to next. I do know that I love small business, entrepreneurship, and the wedding industry, so I hope to do something in those areas.

Working in an office is something that always sort of scared me. People who are in the small business industry, specifically the wedding industry, are all so passionate about what they do. But that doesn’t really happen in the corporate world. There’s something contagious about the small business and entrepreneurship community and I wouldn’t leave it for the world.

My Marriage Market

MyMarriageMarket.com, Marrying Couples and Vendors

I would love to see My Marriage Market explode. I really would. It’s a heart-felt project that we started to solve a problem in the wedding industry. To have this sort of management tool provided for small businesses will really be a service to the community. So, I would like build My Marriage Market up. After that, we’ll see.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: Thank you for taking the time to interview me. Check out My Marriage Market and please be patient because the timetable has really been turned against us. Hopefully, we will have big updates on there for you by the beginning of June 2010.

This is an abridged version from Lindsay’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. In the spirit of entrepreneurship, Lindsay found a problem in the wedding industry and My Marriage Market is her solution. Without getting started in freelance photography, she never would have seen this opportunity. This is what entrepreneurs do. I have a feeling Lindsay is going to stick with entrepreneurship.

Lindsay Manseau’s Top Quote

“Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.”

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{ 9 comments }

Carol Topp 1 Carol Topp, CPA April 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

My daughter, Sarah, has a love for photography. She followed a professional photographer around for a half-day and watched her shoot senior pictures. Then Sarah volunteered to take senior pictures for a friend. Now I think she’s ready to offer her services to a few friends and make a micro business out of shooting senior pictures. Lindsay’s interview is an inspiration.
.-= Carol Topp, CPA´s last blog ..10 Micro Tips for Micro Businesses: Find a Need =-.

2 Nick Tart April 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

Hey Carol! That’s awesome to hear! That’s the way to go when you’re trying to get into a field that’s so specialized like photography. My sister loves photography as well and she started with senior pictures. Now she has her first wedding coming up in a month or so.

3 Lindsay April 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm

That’s wonderful! I’m glad to hear I can be such an inspiration! Please don’t hesitate to have her contact me if she has any questions!

4 Nick Tart April 29, 2010 at 12:19 am

This is only the beginning, Lindsay! ;) And thank you for offering your time and your advice to help other people.

5 Nick Scheidies April 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

These abridged interviews always feel a tiny bit incomplete to me (compared to the full interviews), but you did a good job of providing a snapshot of Lindsay’s unique business perspective.

Keep up the good work, Tarticus!

6 Nick Tart April 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I know, I always want to include more than three of the questions. Thanks, Scheista’!

7 Agent Deepak | Blogging. Marketing & Success May 5, 2010 at 12:08 am

If you have Passion towards photography and if you are good at it, It is the way to go.

Lindsay I hope you do great in future.
.-= Agent Deepak | Blogging. Marketing & Success´s last blog ..Blog Launch Post Series and Giveaway =-.

8 Nick Tart May 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Hey Deepak! I agree. You have to go where your passion takes you. You have no other choice. If you’re truly passionate about what you’re doing, you’re going to do it better than everyone else in the world. Nothing can stop you from doing that except yourself.

Like she said, Lindsay has a passion for photography and micro-business and MyMarriageMarket.com fulfills that passion for her. I’m excited to see it grow.

9 Steven Fabian June 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I can see I’m a bit late to the party, but at least now I know that MyMarriageMarket.com hasn’t worked out as Lindsay hoped it would, since the domain is empty and up for sale. Or am I missing something?

Nevertheless this quote is so true:
“Starting your own business is like riding a roller coaster. There are highs and lows and every turn you take is another twist. The lows are really low, but the highs can be really high. You have to be strong, keep your stomach tight, and ride along with the roller coaster that you started.”

Based on personal experience I can relate. It’s especially hard to face a new low once you reached an all-time-high and thought you’d be there forever.

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