If you opened your own business, what would it be? 

I opened Ivory House Photography two years ago. This business is my dream. Getting to work with amazing clients, make an impact on my community and do what I love everyday is my ideal of an ideal life. 

What advice would you give your younger self? 

Everything always works out for you. And every hardship will only make you stronger and more successful. Push through - it will all be worth it in the end. 

For the record - I tell myself these things still, every single day. 

Exceptional Skills- 

Making people feel amazing about themselves

Self Confidence

Being able to see the right path, even when it's hard

Decisive decision maker. 

What makes you feel fulfilled? 


Paying all my bills on the money I make for myself

Doing exactly what I want every day

Hanging out with people I love that feed my soul. 

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind? 


Favorite Book- 

For my heart - Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

For my soul - Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

For my Business heart and soul - The Go Giver

What makes your heart race? 

 Public speaking, but I do it anyway. Singing in public ( I wish I did more of this), When I feel like I've disappointed someone, which happens from time to time and I hate it. 

Organization or cause near to your heart- 

Food Bank of Iowa

Dress for Success

FemCity Des Moines

Picking up Litter ( my own personal organization)

LEAP (Speaker Series)

What keeps you up at night?

Thinking of ways I can grow my business. And watching Veronica Mars (for the one millionth time.)

What is a belief you once held but no longer do? 

I used to believe in following the rules. In being the good girl that said yes. In being the people pleaser that showed up how everyone else wanted me too. Now, I believe in showing up as myself, saying no when it doesn't serve my interest and pleasing people with exactly who I am and how I've decided to contribute in this world. 

What are you interested in connecting with other women about?

I love talking to women about building their business,from their personal branding to their business strategy, to how to make an authentic impact doing what you love. I'm so passionate about this topic that my business bestie Emily Steele and I started Brand Launch so I could talk to women about this ALL THE TIME. 

Whitney Warne

Ivory House Photography

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