Seven years ago, when I decided I wanted to be a photographer, I literally had no clue what I was doing. Well, of course I knew how to take pictures on a professional level. But that’s basically it. As silly as I feel to confess this– I had no idea that being a professional photographer really meant being a business owner. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize if I wanted to make a living with doing my dream job, I’d have to learn everything it takes to run a successful business.
And so I did. For seven years, I have been educating myself both through mentorships, workshops, online courses, and of course the ever painful “real world” experiences that come with building a business in real time. I have grown tremendously– from charging a meager $900 for my first ever wedding job to now running a six figure photography business.
In the process, I have also really grown to LOVE the act of building my business just as much as taking photos. I now enjoy marketing as if it were a sport. Sales is my current favorite 5 letter word. Getting on the phone and talking to potential clients finally fills me with enthusiasm instead of filling me with vomit-inducing nerves. It brings me pride and joy to run my business, and to constantly work on it to make it even better.
All too often, I still see fellow photographers and other creative-based business owners struggling to make things work. I see the very simple and small actionable changes they need to make, even when they can’t see it for themselves. I see the missing puzzle pieces in their pricing, sales and marketing. I see it because I’ve been there myself. It’s a familiar beast that I have finally understood how to tame.
I believe the world is a better place when people can follow their passions, and make a living doing what makes them happy. I know JFK was right when he sad that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” And I know that a huge part of the reason I am able to run my business is because of those who have shared their expertise with me.
Now, I am ready to give back and share what I’ve learned with you. If you are struggling in getting clients to find you, trust your business and pay you their hard earned money for your creative services, I would love to help you.
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