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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!

Photo A Day Social Experiment

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Just started a #PhotoADay social experiment to see how easy it is to meet new people and take a simple portrait. Brittany and her son teamed up to do a Facebook Live video with Portrait Photography. Don’t mind the cameraman….he’s only 8!!!! The video includes some snippets from the Facebook Live videos with their accompanying portraits. Thanks to our brave models that gladly participated in this social experiment! And I hope you like your portraits!

Stay tuned for more!!!

Models:

Tyler and Makayla
Logan Caviola

Locations:
Neighbor’s Pool
Davenport, IA Skatepark

Click on the images to enlarge.

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!

Blogging: An important lesson

Hey fans!

Sooo today I have learned an important lesson about blogging.

BLOG ABOUT EVERY SESSION YOU DO as a photographer.

I’ve been blogging I think almost as long as I’ve owned my own Photography business.

One thing I never used to do, blog about the sessions I did.

I had held steady with roughly 2-3 Followers of my blog. But now that I have blogged about each of my sessions, my followers are also on a steady increase. Which also means more traffic to my website and social media, which will in turn eventually turn into profits with more exposure as people will finally see these and book.

Thanks to the increased exposure, people are noticing what I have out there.

And I can’t explain how good that makes me feel!

So a lesson learned… Blog about your sessions!

People want to know how well you get to know your clients!

NEWS: WELCOME TO THE VERSION 2 UPDATE CTMP FANS!!!

THE MOMENT IS HERE!!!

Everything is official!

NEW Logo.

I will start booking with the new update for appointments as of

1/31/15!

What ALL New Clients Will Receive!

1) Free Consultation
We’ll sit down and discuss your needs for photography and what kind of session and collection would work best for you.

The FREE Consultation is JUST that, a NO OBLIGATION to buy or book chance to view our sample products in person as they are meant to be seen, so you can understand the quality difference.

*If you choose to book with me, this also gives us the opportunity to pre-plan your session and take care of paperwork.

Once you book, you’ll receive our NEW Welcome Packet filled with ways to make your session the best it can POSSIBLY BE! You can also view our Portrait Catalog HERE which highlights some of our pricing and session specifics.

2) NEW Session Format!
NO more just show up at this time and this place and “snap a few.” With the Free Consultation, get the perfect location and way to make your session EXACTLY as it should be.

3) NEW In Person View and Ordering Session
View your photos as they were meant to be seen: IN PERSON! Trying to do your own viewing and printing from a disk or USB is a hassle. And if you don’t get it right, can be frustrating. With my new ordering system, let me take the frustration away! The hardest part will be which ones to choose!

4) A Blog about the success of your session as well as some “Gallery Insights” (favorite photos you purchased) and photos of purchased products. This way you can share how it went with your friends and show them your session as well!

5) FREE Installation of Wall Art and Large Format Prints.
Got something that needs hung? Put the tools away! We do that too! I REALLLLLLLY want your session to be AMAZING…and then PROUDLY DISPLAYED. That’s the goal.

6) A long lasting rapport in which I hope to gain a forever fan and advocate.

In person sales (IPS)

In person sales are GREAT, for many reasons:

1) You make sure your work is showcased properly.

2) Bigger sales

3) Client retention.

However, based on personal experience, build more than packages. People LOVE options, AND “a la carte.” Clients like to feel like what they’re getting is unique. That’s why they choose an artist vs going to a corporation like JC Penney Portrait Studio. They want art. Make your prices high enough that you profit whether they buy additional products or not.

You need to build a value in what you are selling. Most people will not value your time and talent like you do. It is important to offer products with your session pricing. Throw in some Free 4×6 printed “teasers” or “keepsakes” for their home, and for booking with you as part of their session price. That way they don’t feel like they’re getting “nothing.”

This generation is all about instant gratification. I made wayyyy more money doing IPS vs online or doing shoot and burn. With online sales and CDs, your clients do the, “oh I’ll get to it,” and just never get around to ordering. Or they wait until you have sales. With IPS it persuades people’s impulsive tendencies. Like the junk food in the checkout lanes at the grocery store. LOL

Plus, it gets you in front of your clients again to SHOWCASE how good you made them look so they’ll come back. And once your clients see your art, get their products, they don’t think about sticker shock anymore. It became a decision like buying a new fridge, you needed a new one, you searched high and low for the perfect one, and even though you could have gotten a free one from your cousin who was just going to give theirs away, you wanted a professional touch. You wanted to know EXACTLY what you were getting! Free is good for some things, but when it comes to your photos, choose the professional touch.