Category Archives: Business

Perspective

Over the past few hours since I posted the last blog, I have gotten some very wonderful advice on both my website and plans for a new studio. 

I have some more serious revamping to do including moving my boudoir work to a completely different website. And working on my marketing to bring in the amount of clientele I want to justify having studio space. 

It was truly enlightening to gain this perspective. 

Was it what I wanted to hear? No. But sometimes what you want to hear and what you need to hear are completely opposite.

I will not be taking the studio space. 

What I will be doing is implementing the very valuable marketing advice I received to bring in new clients. 

Don’t discount the power of Facebook discussions. Thank you to the people in the business groups I am in for your advice, commentary, and feedback. It made a world of difference!

 I will be posting a new blog with some of my marketing advice next week! Stay tuned!

If you would like to know some of the tips I got or advice I received, leave me some comments below and I’ll gladly answer any questions you have!

New Studio

They say that something will come along that makes you understand why nothing else ever worked out.

I found this to be true with my son. My life took a completely different turn for the better after I had my ray of sunshine.

I found this true again when my husband found me in the least likely of circumstances. He’s my soulmate. 

I’ve been at a crossroads with a career. While I’ve tried dozens of jobs, photography just seems like the most important part of my career path. 

I LOVE showing others their timeless beauty and documenting their life through portraiture. 

I’ve been trying to break into the administrative career path to no avail. No results.

I’ve been stuck in a dead end janitor night job for 3 years. While it does offer some perks, it’s not where I want to be.

I tried going back to school for computer technology programs. And I couldn’t keep my mind off photography.

Recently there was a for rent sign at a local shop. It seemed so tempting that I couldn’t help but to call. I met the owner of said shop and was blown away. It is absolutely perfect for a photography studio. My studio. Where I want to be. Doing what I love to do. For the right price.

No other job has worked out. My efforts to break into a different career have not been successful.

What is stopping me?

Me. My lack of faith in myself to make this work. I crunched the numbers and if I had more faith… I could make this work. I would have to do it full time. And that scares me. Having to rely on my own abilities scares me. The thought of losing that much money and failure…is scary. 

My current marketing efforts haven’t been very successful either and that is very important since I need to have established clients to make it work and I currently do not. I have honestly put photography on the back burner while trying to pursue alternative careers. 

I believe this is my calling.

What would you do? 

Would you take the leap of faith and go for it? Or would you stay on the straight and narrow safe path until a more secure possibility comes along?

Let me know in the comments!

Family Sessions Sale!!!

I have 2 hour sessions spots available for:

Saturday 9/24/16
11am, 2pm, 5pm

Sunday 9/25/16
11am, 2pm, 5pm

Saturday 10/1/16
11am, 2pm, 5pm

Sunday 10/2/16
11am, 2pm, 5pm

Call (563) 579-9119 or message for availability to book your spot or if wanting to book outside of these times.

Sale ends 10/3/16!!! Hurry and get your photos done today!
*Session dates subject to weather participation. Will reschedule if weather doesn’t cooperate.

 

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Trial Experiment

I’m thinking of attempting a portrait a day experiment where me and my camera will go to random spots around the Quad Cities and I will do at least one portraiture a day. Feature at least one person. I would want to gain a little info about each random person I meet and blog about them. I’m pretty excited about this experiment but I want to know what you guys think of it first!

What are some things I should have to make this trail experiment legitimate (in the eyes of the public)? I’m already bringing my pro equipment (obviously), business cards, and modeling waivers (special contracts that allow the use of images taken for professional usage). So if a random professional photographer came up to you and asked if you would like your portrait taken with the above stuff, and to be featured in a blog on their website/social media with the answers to some interesting facts about themselves like below, how would you react?

“How would you like people to see you/What would you like to be remembered for? Example: as kind, as a rebel, as a professional, as an athlete, as an artist, etc.”

“What has been/is your favorite part of life?”

“How do you define beauty? What is beautiful to you?”

“If you could do anything with your life without being confined by time, money, etc, what would you do?”

Let me know about your reactions in the comments below or even answer the questions above and attach a portrait of yourself!

Affordable is Subjective.

I am in several Facebook groups that are for online swap sites. Basis is people buy/sell used or like new products. Every so often I see posts for people looking for “Affordable” services. Whether it be lawn care, photography, construction work, auto care, etc, I constantly see them say they want cheap, or “affordable.”

Here’s the thing though…

What you can afford is completely subjective.

For example: With the jobs my husband and I have, we can afford a $70,000 house, Two $20,000 vehicles, and trips overseas. However, because we choose those things to spend our money on, I can not afford to buy the tattoos I want.

Now let’s take a doctor for example: A doctor can afford a $500,000 house, a Maserati, and trips overseas. On top of that they love to travel so much they also bought an RV.

There are also the people who use meager means to fulfill their basic and essential needs like a home, vehicle, etc. However, since they don’t use much of their money on “The basics,” they spend their money on whatever makes them happy.

What do all these people have in common? They’re all the same actually. They buy what they want, and they buy what is important to them.

So you see, “affordable” is based solely upon what is important to you. For some people, that could be their house, others-their cars, or another couple value art.

When you go from service to service, don’t expect all services that are similar in offering to be the same price. Some people value their business differently than others.

There’s also the obvious reasons for price difference, such as different cost of doing business. But perspective of their priorities is a HUGE factor.