For the April 2017 edition of "Entrepreneurs Heart Greater Hartford
," we spoke with Nick Cinea, Owner of Nick Cinea Photography
Tell us about Nick Cinea Photography
I’m a professional photographer for my company: Nick Cinea Photography. I’m based out of Avon and work mostly with wedding, family and business photography. I’m a self-taught photographer. I never attended photography school, but instead spent countless hours researching and practicing photography until I learned my camera front to back. Flash forward a few years and here I am, running my own photography business and bringing my vision to fruition.
The majority of my work focuses on wedding photography, which I love the most because I get to learn and share couple’s stories through the photographs I take. Every wedding day, like a story, has a beginning, middle and an end, and I love capturing all the candid moments in-between like the smiles, laughs and tears.
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Why did you decide to start your own business in Greater Hartford?
For one, I’ve always lived around the Greater Hartford area so I know it pretty well, and it’s easier to work in an area that you know over one that you don’t. Another reason I started my business here was because the Hartford area is a pretty busy scene. There are a lot of artists, entrepreneurs and businesses in the area, and I knew I wanted my business to exist within a space where the work was happening so I could be part of that space.
How does your business impact the community?
My business is pretty unique in that it started from my love for photographing people on the streets of Hartford for my hobbyist photo-blog: ‘Humans of Hartford’. Eventually my photo-blog became more known throughout Hartford to the point where small businesses started emailing and asking if I could photograph their company events. So now I’m at the point where part of my business caters to photographing and highlighting some of the local businesses and organizations within the Hartford area.
What wise words of wisdom would you give to an entrepreneur who may be hesitant to take the plunge into entrepreneurship?
Give it a shot and once you do, work your hardest every day of it. I think anyone with a dream or vision that they’re extremely passionate about pursuing should pursue it. If they don’t, they’ll regret not trying. But having said that, know that it will be one of the hardest jobs that you do. You have to put in the work. Giving it 100 percent won’t be enough. You need 200. You’re creating opportunity where there wasn’t any. You’re creating a business from scratch, and that’s difficult but possible. Look at it this way: all successful businesses were started by someone who had a vision and took a risk.
What is it like being an entrepreneur in Greater Hartford? What difficulties or challenges have you faced?
Running my business in the Greater Hartford area has really helped me find plenty of people to network with and help raise awareness about what I do. There are so many opportunities to collaborate with other entrepreneurs. I think the biggest challenge is knowing when to say ‘no’ to a collaboration so that I’m not overwhelmed with work. Wedding season is an example of a time where it’s difficult for me to make new commitments with new collaborations. I wish I could say ‘yes’ to every opportunity but sometimes you have to know your limits.
What is your vision for your business venture over the next five years?
I can’t say too much since not everything is set in stone, but I’m already collaborating with some local businesses to help promote my work to new audiences. Networking and collaborating are essential to growing one’s business, and these are going to play a big role in what I’m doing over the next five years. I’m excited to see if my new ideas pay off!
This blog series, posted in partnership between HYPE and reSET
, offers a platform to showcase the commitment that the Greater Hartford Region Entrepreneurs have for their work and this City. It will examine how young entrepreneurs have chosen their work, and give examples of the ways in which they are having an impact in their communities.