Friday, October 22, 2010

Stepping Out!!

So I opened my mouth in my networking group about being a photographer.  I filled out the application, they checked my references and accepted me to the group (again).  Woo Hoo....on my way.

I did my first presentation yesterday and they loved my photos.  You know we all love those compliments because it gives us another boost to our ego.  The presentation was great, they asked questions (and I was able to answer them confidently) and I even got a couple of leads.

I also joined the Chamber of Commerce this week and they have a leads group too.  I visited the group and have now scheduled a portrait party with one of the members.  I'm looking forward to it.

Been busy today doing my research.  The lead that I got was for some commercial photography.  I hope I'm not out of my league here.  Anyway, I've been researching how to charge for commercial photography.  There's alot involved with pricing.  I just want to be fair to my client as well as make a profit, and not undercut the photography market.  There's alot that goes into the licensing of your photos.  I don't have that info directly in front of me right now, but as soon as I can, I'll post so you can read it too.

Another thing I'm excited about is our Santa Program.  Every year my family dresses up as the Claus family for our church.  My hubby is Santa, I'm Mrs. Claus and our children are our little elves ( that aren't so little any more).  It's been suggested to us in the past to do Santa visits, but I just was not thinking outside of the box at the time.

Recently another friend suggested it....and I thought "Why not?"  We could incorporate it into my photography business and take portraits at the same time.  So we're off.  I've researched that a bit and I have to tell you, I didn't find that much info about it on the web.  There are Santa visits in the Dallas area but none where I live.  Everyone that I've mentioned it to thinks it's a great idea so I'm putting together a flyer now to be posted around town and handed out to all my networking buddies.  Wish us luck!

All in all, this week has been a Great Week.  Tomorrow it's off into the mountains again for more photos of areas I haven't seen.  Let's hope the snow doesn't surprise us too much tomorrow.

Chow for now,


  1. Good luck w/your biz! My hub is a director of a nonprofit benefitting entrepreneurs- check out There's a small biz award w/$500 prize going on now.

    I hire a lot of photography for my biz (marketing) and will caution you to not go too low in rates just becuase you're starting out. It will scream "I'm just starting out and am not really sure" instead of "I'm just starting my private business, but know what I'm doing."

  2. Hi Diva Mom,

    Thank you for that advice. I really think that the pricing is the hardest part of the job. Plus there are so many variables when it comes to pricing for the commercial job.

    I'm heading over to check out your hubby's site too.

    Thanks again,