Recorded On: 1/1/2012
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she works hard for the money

Enough said, right?

** The above does not pertain to those who are doing this for a hobby or charity, but for those who are trying to conduct a viable photography business.**

Yes, I remember those days when I was first starting out. They were tough. My business “wish I could do over” list contains the times I cheapened my work in order for it to sell (yuck).

And how many times way back in the day did I give images to commercial opportunities (commerical peeps should be paying!!) with the promise of “Oh, don’t worry, it’s a lot of exposure for your business, you’ll see!”

And not one call.

Getting no calls stinks. Getting no calls and no money for your hard work stinks all the more.

{And most of them forgot to credit my work. Eeep!}

Nothing hits a photographer’s confidence more than someone saying, “I don’t value your work enough to even pay you” . . . . even more detrimental when we say that to ourselves.

Think about what it really costs you to do a shoot for free. No, I’m not talking about vehicle milage, labor for loading & unloading the car, overhead, the actual shoot (though those things count!) —-> I am talking about what it costs by way of less time with your family, with your children.

I’m not even referring to “portfolio building” above. Yes, I do belive you can portfolio build without techically being “free”, however, I can understand why some photographers would do free images during their portfolio building season.

But seasons are just that, seasons. They have a set beginning and an end. Imagine perpetual summer. Sounds good in theory, but in practice you’d be over it after the 45th time the icecream man lapped around your block.

I’m referring to those varying situations (though there seems to be a common thread in most of them) in which the photographer KNOWS in their gut they are selling themselves short.

{Ever hear that sound in your head of your time being drastically sucked away? Sounds like “noo-noo” from Teletubbies only much more frightening. Maybe it’s just me.}

I want to hear from you. Do you have a story to share on this topic?

What would you tell yourself as a new photographer considering what you know now?

Until next time.

Oh yeah, if you liked this article —> share it and help your photographer friends know they don’t have to sell themselves short either.

Skye, xoxo

PS, the title “she works hard for the money” is just a song throwback. I know our guy photographers work hard for the money too baby!

Recorded On: 11/15/2011
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new posing guide released

The new Posing Guide has been released!

Read more by clicking here.

Recorded On: 7/28/2011
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reverie launched

The Reverie Inspiration Blog for Photographers has launched.

Come visit and be inspired …

{ The Reverie Website }

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo

Recorded On: 6/8/2011
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blog organization

So, as I was perusing through Pintrest today I saw (and then pinned) the below image of a blog organizer.

Blog organizer? Yes, a blog organizer.

For those of you who are thinking “Why would someone need to organize their blog?” . . .  this post may not be for you. This is for those of you who are already out of your seat thrilled at the thought that a such thing exists.

Check out this fab “Blog Organizer” by My Girl Thursday. She’s offering free printable templates so you can get your blog in check too. How nice!

We all know that blogging is a great business tool. What a perfect way to connect with your (past & future) clients with interesting entries and the latest images. How many of you start with good intentions, but before you know it, weeks have gone by without a peep from you?

Remember, out of sight = out of mind.

Back to My Girl Thursday. I love what she says about planning out your blog posts. You can check it out by clicking here.

As I’ve said in my Workshop Workbook, I struggle with organization. The thorn in my side. Hats off to you Type A’s out there (though . . . I hear you have your own set of worries).

I recently discovered why all my former attempts at keeping an organization calendar have bombed. I need it in front of my face. The cute little calendar books? Useless to me. That’s why I’m excited about the calendar — though I worry I may fill it up with other stuff too.

Okay. Deep breath. It can be done.

Here’s another great article on utilizing a blog calendar.

Think of some topics you can write about on your blog. Who says you have to be stuck to the usual “Here’s what I got at my session last night . . .” posts.

Psssst. You don’t always have to blog about photography. Your readers are multifaceted and so are you.

{ Topic Ideas }

—-> If you’re a DIY Queen you’re all set! Thanks to the economy DIY is all the rage these days. So embrace your inner Martha and get blogging!

—-> What are you passionate about? A cause, a hobby, a book, a charity . . . write about it.

—-> Go beyond the typical recipe share — actually cook the recipe and document your journey. You don’t have to be Pioneer Woman (God love her). Just have fun with it!

—-> If you’re not into DIY I bet your kids are. Document them doing a fun new project and encourage your readers to do the same.

—-> Why not tackle organization? Your clients would love ideas on organization family photos, or assembling a snapshot album, etc. You can be honest about your struggles — blog readers like to know there’s a human behind the words.

{ More Blog Organization Templates }

—> Evelyn Kate Blog Template

—-> Living Lucurto Template

If you have any blog or even any business-related organization tips — would love to hear them!

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo