How She Made More Time for Family and Business

How She Made More Time for Family and Business

Kristina Rose loves to do anything new and exciting. When she quit her office job to stay at home with her kids, she knew that her next great adventure would be starting her own Photography business. Kristina had always loved photography, and she need the income with the flexibility of being able to care for her children. She soon had so many clients and was working so many hours – and missing kids’ games, staying up late and getting up early to edit. There were back-to-back sessions every weekend, and horrible pains in her wrist to her shoulder from shooting so much. Kristina knew something had to change, because she needed more time for family and business. WHEN WE THINK OF A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS, WE THINK OF MAKING OUR OWN HOURS. BUT, WHEN THE BUSINESS BECOMES OVERWHELMING, WE GET SO TIRED AND START TO LOSE OUR FERVOR. SO, KRISTINA, WHAT DID YOU DO? I was not happy at all with how my business was going. I wanted to go back to my office job, because trying to be a mom and working an insane amount of hours, was just not fun. And, when I actually sat down to figure out what I was really making, it was NOT worth what I was giving up. I could have made more money working a minimum wage job. So, when I cam across Profitography, I knew I had to take the course – to save my sanity! OH, SANITY – WE ALL STRIVE FOR IT! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? It’s hard for me to choose just one thing...
How She Learned to Provide EPIC Client Experiences

How She Learned to Provide EPIC Client Experiences

Wendy Vincent first became interested in Photography in High School. She started her business 4 years ago because she wanted to stay home with her kids during the day. Wendy wanted a way to contribute to the family income, and she loved Photography, so she thought that starting a Photography business would be so easy! And, when she first started her business, it was really easy to get clients through word-of-mouth referrals. But, she soon realized that it was because she did not have much competition with her bottom floor prices. Wendy had plenty of clients, but was running herself ragged. She wanted to provide great client experiences, but she knew she would have to change up her business plan, and she wanted to contribute a real salary to her family. WENDY, WE TOTALLY GET IT! YOU WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR FAMILY, BUT JUST DID NOT KNOW HOW TO MAKE A PROFIT. SO, WHAT CHANGES DID YOU MAKE ONCE YOU MOVED TO MAKE THAT PROFIT? I wanted to make a career out of this business. A few years into the business, my husband and I moved from a very small town to a large city. I knew that I need to make a change in the way I was doing my business, or I wouldn’t have the motivation to keep going with it in my new area. I couldn’t keep spending hours doing marketing, branding, shooting, editing, printing, and everything that comes with running a business – and make pennies! I knew I needed to somehow make more money per session, and I decided since I was going to begin...
How She Made Her Hobby Into A Profitable Business

How She Made Her Hobby Into A Profitable Business

Jenn Floyd never thought she could make a living with Photography, though she always had a love for it. But, when she married her husband, he helped her see that Photography was not just a hobby, it was a gift that Jenn possessed. Jenn decided to make a go of it, and while working a full-time job, she took on paying Photography clients on the side. After a few years of this, Jenn decided that she wanted to do Photography full-time, but her business skills were lacking. IT IS DEFINITELY A BIT SCARY TO TAKE THAT LEAP FROM SHOOTING ON THE SIDE, TO TURNING THAT INTO A FULL-TIME BUSINESS! WHAT DID YOU DO TO GAIN MORE BUSINESS SKILLS? I had absolutely no idea how to move forward with my business plan. Then, I saw the ad for Profitography come across on Facebook. I was very anxious about spending the money on this course, mainly because it meant investing in myself, and as a long time single mother, that just was not something I was comfortable doing. My husband, however, had a different perspective; one of pride and encouragement. He did not hesitate in the decision to sign me up, to allow me to acquire the tools necessary to take my love from a hobby to a profitable business. It quickly proved to be one of the best investments we ever made. OH, TO HAVE SUCH A SUPPORTIVE SPOUSE! WHAT AN ENCOURAGEMENT THAT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR YOU. WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? I am worth it. I have learned so many important things, but when anyone...
How She Made Higher Average Sales

How She Made Higher Average Sales

Shannon Ryan loves Photography. When she had her first son, she knew she no longer wanted to work in retail management. The job drove her crazy and the hours were just not flexible enough for her to make enough time for her growing family. When she put her love for Photography and the want she had to stay home with her son, she decided to begin her journey into becoming a professional Photographer. She took the leap and never regretted it. PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS REALLY CALLS TO MOMS WHO WANT TO STAY HOME WITH THEIR KIDS, BUT NEED TO BRING IN SOME EXTRA INCOME. THE PROBLEM IS, NOT TOO MANY OF US KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO GO ABOUT RUNNING OUR OWN BUSINESSES. SHANNON, WHEN DID YOU START FEELING STUCK IN YOUR JOURNEY? I realized that I needed to make more money. My husband had recently had a huge cut in his income, and our house was headed towards foreclosure, and we were on government assistance. It was scary. I knew I needed to change what I was doing in my business. HOW TO MAKE MORE MONEY, IS WHAT MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS STRUGGLE WITH. WHEN YOU DECIDED TO TAKE PROFITOGRAPHY, WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED? I learned how to price my products and my time. I knew what I wanted to make, and I learned how to price accordingly. I was taught how to make my collections so that my clients would find them valuable enough to purchase. WHEN WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE, IT IS EASIER TO CHARGE WHAT WE ARE WORTH. SHARE WITH US YOUR...
How She Figured Out How To Brand Her Business

How She Figured Out How To Brand Her Business

Michelle Robertson has always been fascinated with photography. Once she was happy with her images, she realized how amazing it would be to share her talent with others. She says that photographing teens and seniors keeps her young! But, Michelle never invested in the business side of owning a photography business. She felt stuck and not quite herself in the way she portrayed her business. She felt something was missing. AS MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL LEARN, THE BUSINESS SIDE IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CREATIVE SIDE OF OWNING A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS – IT JUST DOES NOT LOOK AS FUN TO DO. MICHELLE, WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET UNSTUCK WITH THE WAY YOUR BUSINESS WAS BEING MARKETED? I never spent money on business classes. When I saw that Profitography helped with branding, marketing, and pricing, I decided it was time to invest in the business side. WE JUST LOVE WHEN PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE THE TIME TO INVEST IN THEMSELVES! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? This may seem strange, but learning how to brand my business is what really helped me get things in order. I always felt jumbled, constantly wanting to change things, and was never truly happy with how my business looked. Profitography gave me the freedom to specialize, and helped me to create a brand that really suits my style. FINDING YOUR STYLE IS SO IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING A PROFITABLE BUSINESS! SHARE WITH US YOUR BIGGEST WIN SINCE PROFITOGRAPHY. One of my biggest wins has been people realizing that I’m a legitimate business. I have no problems charging what I’m worth,...
How She Has A More Organized and Focused Business

How She Has A More Organized and Focused Business

Suzanne Krull started her Photography business as a creative outlet. She loved getting to meet new people and use her love for photography. She thought that combining the two things she loved, would be the perfect career for her. But Suzanne’s idyllic view on photography business hit a turning point last summer. She was spending 5-6 days a week photographing families rahter than spending time with her own. She was missing out on her kids’ sporting events, date nights with her husband, and just some downtime for herself. It seemed that all of her time was spent shooting and editing and she was barely making any money. She was exhausted and barely making any money. YOUR LOVE FOR THE CREATIVE SIDE OF OWNING A PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS COULD NOT MAKE UP FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING THE WORK IT TOOK TO KEEP UP THE BUSINESS SIDE. WE FEEL YOUR PAIN (AND EXHAUSTION)! WHAT DID YOU DO TO GET BACK THE MUCH NEEDED FAMILY TIME? I knew I couldn’t keep going on like that. I wanted to give that time back to my family, and to me! I found Profitography, and I learned to value myself! Not everyone will love, appreciate, or be able to afford the art that I offer, but knowing how valuable my time and work are was a huge eye-opener. I always felt like I was not good enough or professional enough to be successful. Profitography taught me to change my mindset, and to realize that there are those who will appreciate and value the hard work and vision that I put into all my images. IT’S NOT A...