Colorado Photographer / Building a Business
About a month ago, I made the decision to invest my time and money into finding more clients - this past week, that investment has started to pay off so I'm here to just take a minute to recognize that and say YAY! This was a long time coming considering it was about two years ago when I started to turn more of my attention to my occasional hobby in the hopes of creating something a little more substantial and fulfilling.
For those who don't know, I'm a Certified Public Accountant by day - meaning my "full-time job" is a Monday-Friday desk job where I sit a lot, wear glasses and stare at spreadsheets. What I hope you have been able to guess though is that I really love this photography thing. A lot. And I'm fortunate that I have the opportunity and desire to slowly build on my passion while also maintaining some peace of mind on an ongoing basis - aka paychecks and health insurance.
I have learned SO MUCH in the past year about not only fine tuning my photography skills but also building a business - how much time, effort, money, and emotions go into creating from scratch something that is uniquely you, professionally perceived, and most importantly sought after by friends and strangers alike. I'm thankful to have some awesome guidance and support, especially from friends who have been there, done that and who let me tag along (this one's for you Catherine Lea Photography and CBM Photo).
So in summary - I'm not where I want to be YET, but I'm definitely heading in the right direction and I couldn't be more thrilled. In reality, I started this post to share some family sessions that I'm excited about (which I'm still going to do), but I realized that this excitement stems from the mere fact that I've been able to pursue photography more frequently, meet brand new people, fine tune my artistic abilities and visual goals, and dedicate some time to creating a brand that I'm proud of.
The journey is far from over, but I hope you'll follow along - I have some big plans in mind.
Have you started a business of your own? What are some obstacles you've faced? Did you ever feel like you were finally "there" or is it just one ongoing process with no real end, just the next step? Now accepting any and all suggestions, do's and don'ts, or just plain encouragement!