WOW! It has been 1 year since I have opened my business officially. Can you believe it? It has been an amazing 1 year. Time sure does fly when you are having fun :). I just want to thank everyone who allowed me into their lives this past year to photograph them and their families. You don’t know how much that means to me. I love it when I see the smiles, laughter, family bonding and yes even the tears. I get even more excited when I see the final products. I would love to keep all the photos in my house to hang up but that would be strange having someone else’s family hanging in my home. My business has grown, especially this summer and I couldn’t be happier. I am always learning something new with every session and it has been wonderful.
My second year in business is going to bring some changes, don’t worry they are all for the better. So, mainly in pricing structure, in-person ordering sessions, gallery hosting, newborn studio and hopefully going all digital with my welcome packet and information. I will still offer the session fee and a la carte pricing but will be offering complete packages that include the session fee, print and products. This should be a little bit easier to follow and will allow for great discounts too. I will also have in-person ordering sessions at either my house on a large flat screen TV, your house or a cafe possibly. This will allow you to see the finished products, we can discuss sizing, where you want the photos to go and I will have samples, yes samples finally! The one big change is that before the ordering session your gallery will only be hosted for 7 days. I just don’t want those photos to linger for so long and it does cost me money to host them on my proofing gallery for a long time. This can change depending on your families needs and location (out-of-state clients will have 30-day hosting still). Yes, I will have a studio for newborn photos! I am especially excited about this one. I have a finished attic that has great light during the day and would be the perfect spot and space for newborn photos. I have realized that I carry too much stuff and I am never sure of the lighting when I am at someone’s house. This way I can have all my props, and there are many, readily available and set to go and be able to control the lighting for the best photos ever. The parents would be able to relax in our spare bedroom if they need to and there will be a space for feeding and changing too. Finally I am going digital. This will be my small effort to go green. I want my business to be a green business and their is a certificate for that too. Plus, one would think that since I am a Environmental Engineer in schooling I would be as green as possible. Hopefully this turns out well. I am pretty excited about the changes coming up. Let me know what you all think about them too. What would you like to see? Leave a comment here and let me know.
So THANK YOU to everyone who have helped me grow this year! I appreciate everyone and can’t wait for next year!
Now for the special – Please leave a comment here letting me know you follow my blog and what you would like to see offered from me, services, products, etc. I will use random.org to select the winner and they will receive a free session and a 8×10 print. The special/contest will end on Sunday August 7 at midnight. Good luck! The winner will be selected on Monday August 8.
Thank you and with love,
PS – If you read this leave a comment and let me know 🙂