Small Business Saturday is right around the corner and it got me thinking about when I made the leap three years ago (November 2014) to start my own business. I often get asked why, when, and how did I get my start in photography. It’s been an amazing three years and today I wanted to share more of my story and wisdom with you. Let me know if you have any questions!
- Why I got my start: I’ve always loved portrait photography since I was a young teenager. Several years ago, I found I was being asked by more and more friends to take their holiday card photos, and I started looking into what would be involved in starting a portrait photography business. One of the reasons I majored in history in college was that I loved learning about people’s stories, and helping to re-tell them, and this seemed like a fantastic way I could do that in a different medium.
- Why I love it: My favorite part of having my own portrait photography business is that it’s never boring — there is always something new, and each client I work with brings a little of themselves to their portrait session, so even when I’m doing lots of the same type of portrait work it’s always a little different each time.
- The biggest reward for being my own boss: I can pursue something I’m passionate about and truly chart my own course while still helping to support my family.
- My advice for future business owners: Research, Research, Research!! Do your homework and figure out what direction you want to go in, and it will be much easier to get there.