So a lot of photographers do little installments and such on their blogs. I think it helps to have a revolving “category” each week or month or whatever to help you get ideas on what to blog about for your readers. Many do 101 goals in 1001 days. One does Kisses and Disses. Mine is going to be Friday Firsts. First anything! Pictures, places, experiences! I thought this was good since there will be many firsts for me since I am new in the industry. Also I love to try new things all the time too! I actually got my “installment” idea from Jenny Bishop.
Jenny was the first real photographer I met once I decided this as a business.(Now I know like 5! woohoo!) I met her at the first PUG meeting I went to. She was so nice to me at that meeting. I get a little intimidated in large groups and don’t initiate conversation. But once you get me started I kinda don’t shut up! But she was super sweet and very easy to talk to. She had just gone to a convention and was going to another one in Vegas, WPPI. I had no idea what that was or what it stood for. The whole PUG meeting they were talking about it and I was lost. Luckily Jenny filled me in. And I felt so dumb because they were talking about these cool new Animoto slideshows that came out ……..and how they would be great for seniors. And then they kept talking about seniors. And how it is an amazing market niche. About how they had found these cute little photobooks that seniors would just love …….and be great for seniors. Who would have thought senior citizens would be a great market niche! Until they put up a slideshow of a “senior” session did I realize “senior” meant HIGH SCHOOL! ………Jeesh. Always feeling like an arse.
So I thank you Jenny for being so nice. Jenny does Friday Favorites and Sydney Sundays (Sydney is her cute lil’ pup). So since she inspired my Friday Firsts, it is only natural that she be the first post! I’ve only met her twice now, both at meetings so I haven’t had a chance to get to know her. But I follow her and her work on her blog. I am meeting so many who are amazing photographers and fabulous people! One thing I have learned in this business is other photographers are not your competition. However, I do not expect them to spill the magic beans either. Many are very willing to help me, but I definately have to do my share and homework too, especially since I am new. And other photographers can help me grow my business too. I had to turn down a destination wedding a few months ago because I wasn’t available. Luckily I had just met Jenny, since I didn’t know any other photographers, and knew she did amazing work and was able to give my client her website. My client was happy to have a referral and hopefully Jenny could book it! So now my client had 2 great photographers to refer to their friends and Jenny will have another person on her list to help her if she ever gets in a bind. See, Love always makes the world go round!………….and see how I don’t shut up?