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So, I finally decided to put my butt into gear and actually do this as a business, not a hobby.

I've been pulling together some stuff for marketing - trying to figure out what is going to put me above all the local talent - and then stay ahead of all the new people also trying to get in.

I composed a mantra:

Who I am:
I capture memories to help illustrate your life's journey

I love individuality and channel that love through my work

This I know for sure: a spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down...

I believe in letting people shine through their portraits

True customer service is built upon trust and satisfaction - two things I strive for absolutely!

I revamped my website to make it look a lot more professional, created new business cards, and have been striving to put out the word about portrait parties. (by the way: anyone want to host a portrait party? It's FREE!)
I've got the beginnings of an e-mail list, and am now putting together a more professional facebook page.

I've got new programs (CS5 and darkroom) and a new way to run my business (phone calls - not e-mails, an in-person [or Skype for some of my out of town customers] consultation, and also a separate appointment for ordering. Also a limited amout of time for online ordering if my customer opts for it.) and I'm also now trying to re-vamp my prices so that they reflect me and how I value my time, not just what I think is going to make people happy so they nickel-and-dime me to death.

The negative side of this is that I feel I'm neglecting my boyfriend a little, but I also know he understands that set-up takes time. *sigh* I love my man. ^^

BUT, the positive side is I'm already seeing an increase in business. Two weddings out of nowhere and a senior portrait session coming from across the state. (woot!) Just after a couple of weeks of doing introverted marketing. lol. As soon as I put my social skills into play, I may be able to see going to do my 9-5 just part time (though I'm digging the cell phones. I'm loving some of the great camera apps and features the smart phones are coming out with!)

Until next time...
  • Watching: Pawn Stars
  • Drinking: Apple Juice

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a-girl-like-me
and maybe just a guy like you
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Port Angeles, WA
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Blues, Show Tunes, J-pop, Techno, 80's, and 90's.
Operating System: Windows Vista
MP3 player of choice: PowerAMP
Wallpaper of choice: Pictures of my son
Personal Quote: "You are a revolution against my own conclusions."
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philip098 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thx for the fav!! :)
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a-girl-like-me Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Anytime. :) It's a gorgeous piece of art!
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philip098 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :)
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a-girl-like-me Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
Of course! Thank you for sharing it...
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Sensakura Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure :D
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owlso Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Happy birthday!

:party::cake::party:
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a-girl-like-me Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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