Today's blogging challenge for #FeelGoodBlogging is ten facts about me and my photography business.
I was mortally afraid to call what I was doing a business, or even calling myself a photographer, when I first started out for fear people would label me "another pop-up photographer".
I designed my website myself from scratch and I'm insanely proud of it.
I have a business degree & am an accountant by trade. My studies have been an immense help with starting my business and applying marketing, handling communication and planning the direction of my business.
My wedding was one of the best days of my life and my wedding album is one of my most precious possessions. I have applied the awesome experience I had with my wedding photographer to how I work on a wedding day with clients and I feel having been a bride myself I can relate to my clients better.
I have not yet paid for advertising for my business unless you count business cards. The majority of my work comes from word of mouth - which I love!!!
My husband, Matt, is my second shooter for weddings and is often my reluctant guinea pig for testing the light at locations. And there's no one else I'd rather work with.
I pride myself on shooting in full manual mode. I don't have any training or education in photography. Everything I know I've absorbed from youtube, google and other people. And I'm still learning every day.
I've invested so much of my time and emotion & given up a lot for my business so I can't let it not work for me.
Up until now I've worked a full-time job while doing my photography. My weekends always involve photography of some sort; sessions, editing, blogging or consults. And my husband lets me away with it because he's absolutely amazing and understanding. If anything he's encouraged me to do more of what I love.
I still get worried I'm a fraud saying I have a photography business because it's only part time. But I'm learning slowly that it doesn't worry about what other photographers may think of my business, its my clients that matter.