Im new to the forums here, but not new to SUN itself. I thought I would jump right in and this seemed like a good place to start!
What motivated me to start my photography business? I`m a single mom of four children. When one of my children ended up in ICU with brain damage from abuse, I vowed to stay home and raise my children myself. With four, and an adamant vow to never be on welfare... the pressure was on!
Having never had a photography class in my life.. I turned to the internet and the various forums available.. full of tutorials and help from people who were where I wanted to be! Nothing like free help! I then acquired an old version of photoshop, from Ebay, and spent many nights up late, after the children went to sleep.. learning the ins and outs of the program. I was hooked!
When I look back at my first photos, I am so thankful for the leap of faith (( or poor eye for quality )) my first clients blessed me with.
With nothing more than a small lower end digital camera, and windowlight and a sheet... I began mastering my trade.
I`ve upgraded my equipment some, though I am still pretty basic, and I can now earn on average $400 per sitting. With my lab fees only being about 10% of my profit, and no overhead, aside from the ocassional splurge on a prop, I am now feeding my four children, and adhering to my pledge to not feed my children with others tax dollars. That feels so good to me. I still have a ways to go, but I`ve never had a client ask for a reshoot yet!
I`d say that what *I* have to offer my clients, is a deep set appreciation for the opportunity they have given me, to protect my children and provide for them... by myself. My being appreciative pays off for my clients in so many ways! My customer service is excellent, and the experience is positive for both of us!
A true appreciation and recognition of the many blessings we have.. can do wonders to keep my spirits up.. and four mouths to feed certainly keeps me motivated.. ;c)
Glad to be here,
Going slow is for weenies!