Redefining Success

Guest: Kathryn Langsford

Owner of Photos by Kathryn
Vancouver, Canada

DATE: January 13, 2022

If you feel like you have to be “busy” in order to be able to call yourself successful, you’re not alone. If you feel like you can’t delegate work to other people because you need to be the one doing everything……we’ve been there. If you feel like you’re not able to spend enough time with your family because you’ve overbooked yourself—yep, been there, done that.

Today I’m joined by my friend and portrait photographer, Kathryn Langsford, for a discussion about success and how the way we define it has changed drastically over our years in the photography industry. 

We’re big believers in building businesses that support your lifestyle and provide you with the freedom you deserve, rather than ones which keep you in the studio 7 days a week. This episode will provide you with the inspiration to make the changes that allow you to show up as your best self for your clients, your families, and yourself.


[01:08] An introduction to today’s topic, with Kathryn Langsford.

[02:51] How each of our definitions of success has changed over many years in the photography industry. 

[06:31] The overly-busy working life that Kathryn endured for a few years, and what motivated her to change. 

[10:26] How the COVID pandemic altered Kathryn’s perspective. 

[12:26] Questions you should be asking yourself to determine whether or not your business is working for you. 

[14:48] New measures of success that Kathryn now uses. 

[16:20] What the voices in our heads tell us when we slow down, and how we’ve learned to handle them. 

[18:38] Benefits of reducing the number of clients that we work with each year.  

[20:18] Why early in the year is a great time for some self-reflection. 

[22:09] Steps that we have taken over the years to create more of a balance between our work and home lives.  

[26:03] How our approach to scheduling clients has changed since we first started our businesses. 

[31:04] The importance of learning how to delegate some elements of your work. 

[34:57] What Kathryn does with the space she deliberately leaves open in her calendar. 

[38:08] Lessons we can learn from high profile people about time scheduling, and a tip for attracting their attention. 

[41:38] The value in understanding that you don’t have to be available to everyone at all times. 

[46:18] A recap of what redefining success means for us. 

Links and Resources:

Do The ReWork

Do The ReWork on Instagram

Allison Tyler Jones

Website | Instagram | LinkedIn

Kathryn Langsford

Website | Instagram



Netflix Documentary: Inside Bill’s Brain


Memorable Quotes:

“Success is that I can count on my business to afford me the life that I live with my family.” Kathryn Langsford [0:34:36]

“You are not an inexhaustible resource. You are not a machine that can just be turned on and can run 24 hours a day.” Allison Tyler Jones [0:09:45]

“If you want to be there for your family and you want to have a life and have freedom, you can create a business that supports your life, rather than your life supporting your business.” Allison Tyler Jones [0:23:51]

“Service is not just about that first phone call and the day I see them in the session. There are so many more aspects to it.” Kathryn Langsford [0:37:48]