I honestly don't know if my business will take off, with my new branding and specializes only on wedding photography. I sure hope it does. I absolutely love photography, photographing weddings and people. I think it's fun and yet, it could be challenging as well. But, I am super excited for this new journey!
I got laid off from my last job last October, which gave me an opportunity to be a business owner and photographer full time. I started out doing it all two years ago, I wanted to do family, newborn, lifestyle, head shots and boudoir. Now, I am doing just basically engagement and weddings. I would do some events here and there to volunteer my time with our local organizations. Especially with Cancer Foundations.
I am my own boss and business owner. I do it all.... from marketing, business administration, accountant and being a photographer. Being an Entrepreneur (small business owner) is the hardest job that I have ever had and done in the business field, even my life! I don't want to be the big money maker photog and making 80 grand per year doing it. I also have a family that I need to spend time with. My family is valued more, my kids are growing so fast and I can't turn back time to what I have or could have missed.
Starting from scratch is not easy. I've had to put out free photography work to build my portfolio, signed up with endless groups to network and to find models. Just so that I can have a decent portfolio. By doing that, I was able to establish new clients, portfolio and start making some money. Did I mention I also owe student loans from my photog education? Thank gawd that I have business degree and background already, otherwise, I would be a complete mess and have given up a long time ago. It. Is. Not. Easy.
The downfall.... I miss my consistent income. Man, it's tough. I miss receiving that steady pay check, benefits and insurance package. There's a lot of pros by also working full time for a well established company. I don't mind the M-F schedule, as long as I am getting paid for it.
This is why I have decided to go back to work full time, doing what I have been doing in the business finance field. At the same time, I am lucky enough to have the potential of doing what I love and do best as well. That is to be a part time Lifestyle Wedding Photographer! By re branding and only focusing on weddings, I can do this part time, control how many I want to shoot and willing to shoot per year. I am really excited about this. Not only my mind will be at ease financially, I know that I am in control. Being a momma of 5 and not have a stable income is pretty scary! The things we go through to live our dreams, to being an involved mommy and to live comfortably.... I can do this. You can do this and we can conquer whatever obstacles that may be to get it. I am a go get it kind of gal, I push myself to the limit and I go for it! Anything is possible. I am still going to work on my business and do what I absolutely enjoy doing! Colorado and S. California Wedding Photographer! I'm doing it because I love doing it and not just for the money. I'll have a full time job to rely on. ;)
Thanks for reading!