My oldest son, catching.
When I started my photography journey, I did what a lot of beginners do - photographers or otherwise - I tried to identify myself by comparing my photographer self to others in the business. I think that's fine to do in the beginning as one finds their way but dangerous to continue - one must find their own way and do things the way that works for them...
There are so many photographers, each with a different style, pricing structure and set of programs. Each one offers their take on prints versus digital images, free items, referral programs - what I'm getting at here is that there are so many ways to attract clients and try to incentivize them to stay. I bought into this model for the first few years of my photography career because I thought I had to in order to keep clients, but also to build my portfolio and experience, and just to learn.
My boys at a local vehicle event.
So what did I learn?
I learned that in the sea of portrait photographers, I want to do a little more - maybe a lot more. I want to continue to learn and grow, so I am broadening my services and professional development - something you'll be able to see on the other tabs of this website very soon. I learned the challenge of being a small business owner and entrepreneur, so I am offering a vendor program to include specifically styled shoots to highlight and promote small businesses, as well as challenge myself and maybe teach a few beginners as I learn myself. I have also learned what types of photography are my favorite, so I will be challenging myself even more with learning to excel at those.
What can you expect?
My clients, photographer/y friends and any facebook followers I have can expect to witness my journey as I implement this beautiful vision of community and growing within my photography career. You can expect that I will give you my best. My return clients know that I have "squirrel moments," especially during shoots. During my creative process, I get ideas and jump on them before they leave - it's part of a process that I am so thankful I am blessed with - I wouldn't have it any other way. I love doing things a new way, trying a new perspective and seeing when a client "sees" what I saw during the shoot. Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting new aspects of my business, as well as what I have already offered.
I am beginning to embrace a more lifestyle-style of photography. Why? I love how it captures an actual moment or actual emotion. I can appreciate posing and documenting families but I LOVE documenting relationships, experiences and emotions.
I love to hear from clients, readers, or fellow photographers, so please feel free to comment (positive or constructive only), encourage, participate, share and collaborate with me!
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."
- George Eastman
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