That ONE Time When I Was Wrong
Just kidding, I am wrong at least once every 5 minutes.
Things are about to get real. Like, really real. Again.
When my mom finally convinced me that I could make it in this business and I made the leap into photography, I wanted to be cheap. I wanted to be affordable. I wanted to be the one everyone could use that couldn't afford the good photographers.
And unfortunately, I have a big mouth.
One of my biggest weaknesses is my impulsiveness. More often than not, I jump the gun without looking at the big picture.
After about 6 months of being an affordable photographer, I was drained. I was so exhausted. And my family was left in the dust.
So I started doing some research. I took the time to learn the business. I took classes and joined organizations to help support the love of the craft. And I learned that while I was being affordable, I was actually spending money to go on these photo shoots. Most important, I was losing that time with my family.
Cost of Doing Business
It's kind of a big deal.
After I sat down and figured things up, I knew I needed to make a change if I wanted to continue doing photography.
I invested more time and research; went to more classes and joined organizations. And at the start of 2017 I made the switch. It was scary. Absolutely scary. I told myself that I would lose at least 75% of the clients I had gained in that first year. And I did.
But then I obtained new clients. I will never be grateful enough for those business relationships I had gained.
2017 was a huge success for my business. There was a lot of growth, a lot of setbacks, a lot of heartache and a lot of bliss. Each client I work with is a gift to me, and I try so hard to make them feel appreciated.
This year has started a little slower, but that is to be expected with a new baby. Of course I am cautiously optimistic to see how this year will go. I understand, just as much as anyone else the investment my clients make.
I guess my point with this blog post is to say I am sorry that I was wrong. That I didn't do my research before I jumped. And that I opened my mouth before I knew what I was talking about.
But I am learning. I am growing.
And I promise you, that I will always strive to go above and beyond as your photographer.
Photo courtesy of Mariellen Youngdahl of TruYou Photography and Design (Yes, I hang out with her a lot!)
If you are a photographer, I encourage you to reach out to your local organization. The knowledge you will retain and the community of friends/colleagues is invaluable.
If you are in Iowa, I encourage you to check out the Professional Photographers of Iowa. That was my first step of growth and I honestly cannot imagine being on this journey without the people from this organization!
Until next time.
Marie Grace Photgraphy
Southeast Iowa's Fine Art Portrait Photographer
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