January 01, 2012
After the hustle and bustle of the holidays and after almost a week of being sick, I am ready to roll in 2012. Working through some pricing, revamping some things and making “You Got Framed” stand out. Look there…I am doing it already!
Some would say I have “quite the life”. In all honesty, some probably wouldn’t trade spots with me for the world. My day is comprised of a lot more than one would even imagine. I will share my days as part of this blog and at a later point, we will see if you would like to trade spots. Not sure I will agree because of my love for photography but I will at least give it a thought.
There was a time when I looked at things “normally”. Yeah, that’s right, just like any other human being would. I didn’t try and see it from different angles. I didn’t try to picture it in a frame. I never noticed color. I never noticed colors imbalanced, improper lighting, blurring, tons of the basics of photography. There was a time when I thought everything was done by the camera and I could shoot on auto for the rest of my life. I never knew I could do this thing called photography.
With having gotten down a lot of the basics and some experience under my belt and more confidence, I figured it was time to go ahead and start a blog. For those who are interested, the story of my life will unfold. You can follow me as often as you like, if you dare. Hard to tell what will unfold on these pages. The steps along the way have been sometimes mind-blowing and extremely harsh but I have learned and that is key. I will always want to learn and better myself and be well-knowledged. Without the desire to learn, we stay at one level and never see ourselves grow.
Right now, my schedule is comprised of marketing and advertisement. I am new to this world and have a long way to go before my clientele is where I would essentially like. Besides the normal ebb and flow of photography with editing, printing, shooting, etc., I find a lot of my time is dedicated to not only getting the return clients but developing new relationships and expanding. We can never have too much business. I have lots of room for growth and that is exactly what I plan to do. GROW!
I am trying to be “that” photographer. I know that may sound strange but what I mean by that is a lot. “That” photographer is fun. “That” photographer is knowledged. “That” photographer has great ideas. “That” photographer I want to go back to. I would love to have the essentials of what everyone looks for in a photographer. Not so much quality or quantity but personality, too. Who wants a boring photographer? You expect people to smile when you’re boring? Anything is possible but chances are, it’s not going to happen. Now we all know you can’t please everyone but I am not asking to conquer the world, either. Thank goodness. That would be too big of a feat in itself. I’m simply committing to making a difference. If I accomplish difference, I am successful. If people are satisfied, you will make a difference to them.
What else do I strive for? Fun. Yes, that simple, that easy. Fun. How many times do you have your pictures taken and it’s fun? Better yet, you remember past that day it was fun? Are you going to smile if you aren’t having fun? Exactly. By no means does it have to be a three-ring circus but close is nice and heck, if it’s a three-ring, we can just have a three-ring! I want not only for your pictures to last a lifetime (and they WILL with archival materials) but I want you to be able to reflect on that day and remember something in particular about it. Milestones that are captured in our lives are definitely worth re-living. Remembering is re-living.
I want to touch on something for a minute…smiling. Who out there doesn’t like to smile? I know that response may be “well, EVERYONE likes to smile.” I asked a question recently that was related to just that. Smiling. She said she doesn’t like to smile. This came from a client’s mom who ended up being with us when ordering the prints. There is natural beauty and beauty that lies within the candid photography. Are there times that are good for smiling? Of course. Are there times where the more subtle look will be the perfect shot? You bet. Regardless, versatility in a photographer can be a big plus, no matter who you are and whether you like smiling or not. Why? Because they can accommodate any given situation. So the next time someone tells you to smile, remember you have choices. I have learned now that I like that someone shares they don’t like to be told to smile.
I believe that time is of the essence in certain things in life is a plus. I feel that photography is an art and some of the best moments are caught over time. I enjoy spending time with my clientele and catching the expressions that aren’t caught in your average day-to-day photography sessions. Life is short but when you are capturing memories, they need not be rushed. You can miss a lot of things if you don’t stop and smell the coffee…I mean flowers. In my days of working, I do consume large amounts of coffee, which I know I need not do.
In the next few upcoming months, I plan on building a photography business that can be well-liked by just about anyone. I will incorporate new ideas and themes and will fall at the mercy of my clients when it comes to what makes a client happy. Any suggestions are always welcome and throughout the timeline of 2012, I will do my best in making my photography one of the most enduring, versatile and competitive out there. To you and yours a prosperous and happy 2012!!