Meet Silvia Pilger, owner of the fabulous online shop Pilger Bags. She stocks tons of gorgeous camera bags for men and women exclusively available outside of the United States. Be sure to check out her blog She Lives on Rose Street for glimpses into her beautiful life and interviews of other photographers with sneak peeks into their camera bags!
It has been a very busy year, I've learned a lot and had fun to. It was and is also very inspiring to be in contact with my customers. I share their love for taking great pictures and when we are talking (on and off line) about camera bags we also talk about photography after a few moments.
My day job is very different of what I do for my business: I work as a journalist for a television programme on Dutch national television. I work mainly on the breaking news stories.
I'm still not married to my boyfriend who is a radio geek who loves to talk about good music a lot. We have two small children and live in the Dutch Media Capital in the center of Holland. Wherever I go, I always bring my camera with me.
I love to blog; blogging is a great way to share your finds, idea's and stories and interact with your readers from around the World. I love the way my blog is designed...By Moorea Seal!!
1. What inspired you to start an online store carrying unique camera bags?
Just before the summer vacation last year, I was looking for a new camera bag. Here in the Netherlands there are only very boring black and grey camera bags, that do a good job, but lack style and look bad on a nice dress. I didn't like what I could buy here in The Netherlands, and found so many stylish bags overseas. Then I've had this great AHA-moment about starting my own online business and bring all those lovely and functional bags to the Netherlands and Europe! After a few months I was able to open my online shop with a broad range of camera bags from the US, Canada and Latvia.
2. You seem like such a fabulous business woman and mother. How do you juggle family with your career?
Juggling is sometimes the right expression. There are so many things that I love doing. My work is very important to me, my family is most important.. Most of my work for my online store is done after my boyfriend and children are in bed. I'm lucky that I don't need a lot of sleep. It would be better if I would go out more often to run only I don't have the time, this is not an excuse but an understatement!
I'm very lucky and happy that I have the opportunity to do what I'm passionate about and to have this wonderful spouse that supports me. He's the one that has cooked a meal when I'm home from work and he brings the parcels with the camera bags to the post office for me. We are a great team!
3. What do you like to photograph?
I love to capture special moments between people and show their friendship. And I like looking for little details to photograph.
4. Do you have any words of wisdom for women interested in starting their own business?
Try to find your niche, something that you're good and passionate about. I'm an early adaptor of internet shopping, social media and photography and now I'm selling camera bags.
And it’s also very important be prepared to work hard and take good care of your customers / clients.
One lucky reader has the opportunity to win a beautiful Black Licorice camera strap cover from Pilger Bags!
TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:
1st Entry: visit Pilger Bags and leave a comment here letting me know which bag you like best.
2nd Entry: follow her blog and leave a second comment here letting me know.
3rd Entry: tweet about this giveaway and leave a 3rd comment here.
4th Entry: follow my blog on bloglovin and leave a 4th comment here letting me know.
This giveaway runs from August 31st to Sept 5th.