Last Minute Gift Ideas (for those hard-to-shop-for people)

Last Minute Gift Ideas (for those hard-to-shop-for people)

Need some last minute gift ideas? We have got you covered!! Last year I shared with you some gift ideas for those hard to buy people in your life. Well, this year, I am keeping some of those ideas, and adding some more! Most years, I am so fried from the busy season, that I don’t have time to brainstorm what to get these hard-to-buy-for people.   Gift ideas are listed from least expensive to most expensive. Q&A A Day for Kids: A Three Year Journal ($10)   I shared this last year, but we still use and love it, so I had to share it again this year. We use it almost every night at dinner. We go around and say our high point, low point and then we take the question of the day from this book. This book has one question on each page, but a spot for 3 years worth. So it is super fun to look back at what your kids’ (and your) answers were.  And for the price, it makes a great gift for family friends, neighbors, and really anyone with kids!       The Choose Kind Journal ($11 on Amazon)     As you can tell, I am a big journal person. Our family loved the book “Wonder”. This journal is a spin off, a way to get kids thinking on a daily basis how they can be “kinder than necessary”. It has daily prompts and space to write about your experience. My kids are getting this for Christmas         Photo Ornaments (~$10) Everyone likes customized ornaments. This is a...
Encouragement From A Self-Taught Entrepreneur

Encouragement From A Self-Taught Entrepreneur

Want to get paid for what you’re worth, but don’t know how? Narrow your focus and watch the opportunities explode! Encouragement from a self taught entrepreneur.   Like many, photography became more than a hobby for me when I became a mom. I wanted great pictures, so I researched every tip because I was capturing EVERY.SINGLE.THING my kids did. Because – cuteness! The more I learned, the more friends asked me to photograph them. I’d say yes, and learn more. Yet, I was doing it for nearly nothing. It felt awkward to say, “Sure, I’ll take those pics, but it will cost you!” My husband, supportive though he is, grew tired of me spending weekends on nearly freebie shoots, and encouraged me to start a legit business. I did think that calling it “a business” might help me to command a decent rate. This first step had people paying me actual money for the pictures I took! Wow! I knew nothing – ZERO – about running a business. I just wanted to take beautiful pictures – the end. You’ve heard that it takes money to make money….Yep, it’s true. We all wish it wasn’t, but there aren’t many of shortcuts. I took the risk because I wanted success. I submerged myself in learning the business. It worked! In just one short (though tiring) year, I moved from a $150 shoot and burn to $2,000 average sale photographer! I credit much of my success to a strong suggestion to focus on one niche only. This is where all of it changed. I mean ALL OF IT. If you have not chosen...
How She Grew a Sustainable Business

How She Grew a Sustainable Business

Ashley Harrison always had a dream to start her own photography business, but she was too chicken to pursue it. But, she knew she would regret it if she never even tried. So, when Ashley’s husband went back to school full-time, she decided it was now or never. When Ashley finally first started her business, she quickly realized that the way she was operating was not profitable. Not even a little bit. She had invested so much time, effort, and money into her growth, equipment, and props. Ashley knew that she would have to have an extraordinary amount of clients to be able to come close to having a sustainable business. She could quickly see her dreams fading away. ASHLEY, YOU INVESTED IN WHAT YOU FELT YOU NEEDED, BUT YOU DID NOT INVEST IN YOUR ACTUAL BUSINESS. SO, WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT? I felt stuck. I wanted to contribute to my family’s income, but I also wanted to be able to stay home with my 5 children (soon to be 6 children). I knew I could not operate a low cost – high volume business AND give my family the time and attention that they deserve. I tried adding the option of purchasing prints, but had very poor success on my own. I was about 10 months into operating my business when I came across Profitography. I knew I needed help properly setting up a sustainable business, and I was excited to have someone guide me through it! A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – THAT’S WHAT WE ALL WANT AND HOPE FOR! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU...
How She Found Her Business Support System

How She Found Her Business Support System

Jennie Bishop fell in love with birth photography and everything about babies when she was her best friend’s birth coach back in 2000. So, she signed up to attend the Hallmark Institute of Photography to hone her Photography skills. In 2009, after the birth of her son, she was looking for a career that would be rewarding, as well as flexible enough for her to raise a family. Jennie started her Photography business and loves capturing special moments in a family’s life. But, for many years her photography business was more of a hobby while she worked a stressful job in marketing. Once her youngest was a year old, Jennie knew it was time for her to take this photography business seriously, and she NEEDED to make money, and she WANTED a quality business support system. JENNIE, YOU WERE FEELING STUCK. WE THINK WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE. WHAT DID YOU DO NEXT? Anna reached out to me when she saw a Facebook ad that she had seen of mine for a holiday mini sessions (she lives in the next town over), and she asked me to join The Snap Society Community. I took ONE webinar that Jamie did on IPS, and I was hooked! I knew that Jamie and Anna were people who were going to help me to get my business where it needs to be, and I signed up for Profitography right after that webinar. WE THINK YOU DEFINITELY MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE! WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROFITOGRAPHY? Profitography has literally been life changing for me. I wake up every day...
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...