BLOG: Meet Emily

Meet Emily Schmutz. She’s a photographer, singer, hiker, yogi and ELEVATE member. Emily is also the owner of two businesses – Keeping Composure Photography + Summit Mountain Weddings. Learn why yoga and focus have been vital to Emily’s success at work and in life.

What do you do?,, 720.560.1611

I am a lady boss of two separate (+ related) businesses in Summit County; I am a photographer and I also curate small, intimate weddings + destination elopements. I share a beautiful studio at the base of Copper Mountain with my boyfriend, Pepper the pup and Shai kitty. We’re a pretty tight-knit group! When I’m not at my desk or photographing, I like to sing with the Summit Choral Society, hike with the boy + pup, be on the lake any chance I get, explore new places in + near Summit and yoga. Lots of yoga.

What’s your goal for this year?

My biggest goal for the coming year is to really hone in on the branding of my newer elopement planning business and narrow the focus of the business.

Why did you move to Summit County?

I have been here for seven years this June, and love it more every day! I moved here from St. Louis, MO for a change of scenery and lifestyle, and the general awe I find for the mountains that now surround me every day. (I decided to move here just two days after visiting, and held true to it!)

What motivates you?

Working for myself is a huge motivator. Everything I do (in work and out of work) affects my businesses and my lifestyle. It has helped me become much more aware of where I spend my energy.

What’s your biggest challenge?

I face two big challenges every day: 1) Prioritizing and managing my time to be the most efficient I can be is tough. Time is the most valuable thing we have, and every day I challenge myself to focus and work hard so that I can be more present outside of work. 2) Learning not to compare myself and my businesses to anybody else. It’s so much harder than it seems, and I have to remind myself daily that my path is my own and nobody else’s.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

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My little mountain family. I want to spend as much time with my fur babies and my partner-in-crime/best friend every single day. Oh, and the mountains and ever-changing weather and light is also a huge plus!

What’s your WHY in work and life?

Creating + sharing joy. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing my clients just had the most amazing hour or two after starting off shy and timid in front of the camera. Trying new things + leaving the comfort zone – that’s what it’s all about!

How do you manage setbacks and challenges?

Yoga! Haha – really, though. Coming to my mat grounds me and clears away all of the “noise” surrounding a challenging obstacle. My focus and motivation after yoga is unparalleled.

Why work at ELEVATE or any coworking space? 

The social aspect of working in a coworking space is really appealing. My home office is within our studio, and as much as I enjoy working there, sometimes it gets a little small. Getting out of my normal workspace helps me focus, too.

What’s your secret sauce or superhero power or secret weapon?

It’s a secret… ūüėČ But if I must share something, it would be finding time for myself, whether that means yoga, a rare pedicure or a solo road trip. Me time + quiet time is my secret weapon.

What’s your advice to other entrepreneurs?

Don’t compare yourself to others in your field, but watch what works and what doesn’t. Do your best every day, and realize that every day your best might not be the same.

Favorite outdoor spot?

In the middle of Lake Dillon on a kayak or scull. You see a whole new Summit County from Lake Dillon!

What are your favorite podcasts, quotes or books?

Jess Lively’s podcasts are awesome! Favorite book: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.


Photo credit for featured photo:  Carnefix Photography

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