Monday, October 24, 2011

A 3 Hearts Photography business decision

Over the last couple of months, I've been designing a business plan & working towards finally getting it up & running. Gone are the days of dreaming of one day doing it... time has come to put my feet to the floor & get moving. One of the reasons I attended the Scott Kelby seminar a month ago.

After considering long and hard about what direction I want to take 3 Hearts Photography in, I have made the decision that I will no longer be pursuing weddings as an avenue for work. Weddings were never what I thought I'd do, but when I was given the chance to work with a wedding photographer 2 years ago, I found I DID enjoy it & thought I'd eventually move in that direction. I worked with some of the best brides on the weddings I have done.

However, since I work solo, it's almost impossible to shoot a wedding without running the risk of missing key moments since I can't clone myself & be in 2-3 different places at once. I would NEVER risk disappointing any bride by not giving them the FULL experience they deserve. I know I provide great quality portraits for my past & future clients, but sometimes it's about knowing my limitations rather than fattening my bank account & claiming I can give you the best of the best. I live in a realistic world... I'm far from the best, but I am also 100% honest. I'm not ashamed to say, no I can't give you this, but I will take an extra step & try to help you find someone that can. I know many photographers who would never consider referring you to a "competitor". Yet, if you're confident in your own abilities & provide a strong brand for business, why is it a problem to do just that? Maybe one day, the favor will be returned. Yet, I certainly don't expect it, nor do I go that extra mile for anything in return. I just care about my clients... whether I'm actually hired by them or not.

Lately, I have been referring several of my friends to my own wedding photographer, Chrissy K Photography. Chrissy is nothing short of amazing, a photographer who inspires me every single day. Even though we hired her to perform a service at our wedding, I am PROUD to still call her a friend. Something her & I both felt would happen as we parted ways from our very first meeting BEFORE we booked her. This was just over 2 year ago.

With all that being said, I will now be 100% focused on FAMILY (Maternity, Newborn, Toddler, etc) PORTRAITS!!! I am slowly building my home studio & within the next few months, will be taking bookings for studio sessions. Once warmer weather rolls back in, I'll offer outdoor location shoots too. There is nothing more I love about photography than capturing that sweet baby smile, sparkle in a toddlers eyes, or the love in Mom/Dads eyes when they look at their children. Moments like these are priceless.

On a personal note - Since my husband & I will soon be trying to start our own family, this also has had an immense impact on why I've made this decision. Having a home studio will allow me to spend more time with my own family vs being out long hours on weekends away from them. I feel that choosing to completely focus on this path will greatly improve on the current quality/experience I already provide for my clients. It can only get better from here....

Stay tuned for more updates....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Spot Scott" competition during Monday Night Football - Guess who won?

So Scott Kelby issued a challenge of sorts!!! On his blog he posted the "Spot Scott" guide photo below & some tips on where we might see him shooting during the game.

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So even though I am NOT a football fan AND the *NEW* House episode was on @ the same time, I thought I'd try my luck & see if #1 - I would even be able to find him & #2 - be one of the first 3 to post the photo!!!

Turns out....

.....Yup, I accomplished BOTH!!! The rewinding, pausing, & flipping back & forth between channels PAID OFF!!!

Some time during the 2nd quarter, there he WAS... In the endzone, just as he said he would be. 'Cept I think it would have been easier if he moved a little to his RIGHT to shoot... LOL just kidding!!! Even behind the logo, you could clearly make him out, thanks to his tips on his attire!!!

Scott posted on his blog very early in the morning after arriving home. It’s Lame/Late/Light Blog Tuesday

And much to my surprise, down at the very bottom of his post, he selected MY PHOTO!!! He said "I nailed the High Def shot"... Whoo Hoooo!!! Though, I didn't think I was one of the first 3 to post to his sites since there were a bunch of others already posted when I refreshed my screen, BUT I'm happy to be receiving his signed book, Light It Shoot It Retouch It.

Yes, it's the book he wrote that co-insides with his seminar that I just attended last week in Philadelphia. Funny because I wanted to buy this book, but chose to purchase a couple other books instead. The stars lined up and I'm getting it anyway... for FREE, just for playing along!!! How awesome is that...

BTW, YOU should join NAPP if you're not a member. Not only will you learn from the best group of photographers, but you get soo much more out of your membership. Discounts, free stuff, but best of all, network with fellow photographers who have the same desire to learn as much as you do!!!



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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Halloween Season has arrived....

Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays.... 2nd only to Christmas!!! I never really had to room in my apartments to fully decorate for either holiday. However, that has all changed now that my husband & I own a house.

I know it's going to take a couple of years to build up a good stock of decorations, but for now, I am happy to unpack my Partylite pieces I have had for several years.

Sticks, Bones, & Stones are my all time favorite pieces. I love how Stones even has a fish skeleton in her belly!!!!

Some of these are called "Shadow Dancers". They are meant to hang on a wall and once you light a candle, shadows... well, DANCE on the wall. But I"ve always liked how they look on a table instead. Besides, speaking as a photographer, in some situations, shadow = BAD .... reflection = GOOD!!!

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