Week in Review – January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015

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Good morning! I enjoyed my family vacation to Disney World last week but I am so happy to be back to routine!  It has been one crazy winter! This week’s theme is “eyes”. Post 1-2 images on our Facebook page by Friday for a chance to be featured on Sunday in the Top 10!  Grab your coffee and take a few minutes to catch up with what we have been up to!

 


Weekly Favorite Spotlight

I love all of the participation in our Weekly Favorite’s Share on Monday’s!  Why don’t you join in on the fun!

Love this cute favorite from Melisa Renee Photography!  That hair!

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This Week on the Blog

TOP 10 FACEBOOK THEME – SLEEP

It was so fun to see all of the places the people (children in particular) can catch up on their sleep! Check out the Top 10!

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TUESDAY TUTORIAL…3 SIMPLE TIPS ON WORKING WITH CHILDREN

Amber is sharing a few tips that she has learned that are vital with working with little ones in her post 3 Simple Tips on Working with Children!

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THE MAKING OF A STUDIO SPACE – PART 1 OF 3 – STACY LITERSKI PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are thinking about getting a studio space, be sure to check out the first part to this 3 part series on what it took for Stacy Literski to get started with her very own studio space.

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SOME OF YOUR WEEKLY FAVORITES
Thank you to all that participated in this week’s Weekly Share on Monday!  Here are a few more for inspiration.
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FEATURED SESSION | WISH PHOTOGRAPHY

Take a look at this wonderful stylized session with no detail forgotten from Wish Photography.
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This Light Inspired Store

Light Inspired E-Book – Videography:101 is available for purchase. Check it out HERE for more details!

Light Inspired – Inspiration on the Mountain 2015! Join us on this fun filled and inspiring weekend! More information HERE!

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sally Website | Facebook | Google+ Sally Sosler is a natural light lifestyle photographer located in Orange County, New York. She is a wife and a mother to a fun-loving 6-year-old boy, a sweet 4-year-old girl, and one fur baby, a 9-year-old Siberian cat named Blitz. Sally enjoys documenting those endearing and intimate moments for her family as well as for her clients. Sally specializes in maternity, newborn, children, and family photography. In her free time, you will find Sally volunteering in her children’s classrooms as well as perusing organizing blogs and Real Simple.

Some of your Weekly Favorites

January 22, 2015

We have some weekly favorites to share with you that are just pretty dang cool.  Be sure to check out the photographers pages and send them some love if you like their stuff!  It always feels good to get a compliment :)   And if you missed the weekly favorite share this week, we’ll post another one on Monday for you to share your favorite with us!

 

Jasmin Chen Photographyjasmin

Katie Ellement Photographykatieellement

Katie Oblinger Photographykatieoblinger

The Megan Hassold Photography Co.megan

The Making of a Studio Space 1 of 3 – Stacy Literski

January 21, 2015
We have a fun 3 part blog series starting today by forum member, Stacy Literski!  She is going to be taking us on her journey of creating a studio from start to finish.  Enjoy!
Working as an On-Location photographer for the past 5 years has been amazing and troubling at the same time.  Being that I live in Wisconsin, where summers are not long enough and winters are so cold, I was unable to keep business going during the winter months.
I was forced to open my home up to many strangers for photo shoots.  I kept it at a minimum of just newborns and small children due to lack of space, but I was growing uncomfortable having complete strangers in my home.  It certainly proved to be a good move for business, but most definitely not for my own personal life.  It became a struggle to clean up after my family of 6 before clients were to arrive.  It was most difficult for me to balance work and family time at home. It was time to quit photography or get my work out of the house!

I didn’t know what I would be in for when I decided to start looking for a commercial space. I really thought I couldn’t afford to be “downtown” and that I would have to give up photography.  I took some time to look over my business expenses, and what I would have to do to stay profitable.  With careful session pricing changes, more session options for my clients, and a small print increase to offset increased expenses, I think I had my plan figured out.  Portrait sessions average out to 5 per month and need to book at least 10 senior sessions and 10 newborns per year to be profitable and stay in business.  By doing so, I am able to pay rent along with internet and any other expenses at the studio.  I also decided to start In Person Sales.  I figured that since I was adding a print credit to session fees, it would be much easier to go through the images with my clients by having a space to do so.  What I didn’t figure in, is daycare expenses being that I wouldn’t be working from home anymore.  To offset that expense, I decided to be by appointment only and would only be at the studio when I needed to get work done or meet clients.

My search started with spaces that had leaky roofs, some needed complete overhauls.  What was I in for?  What was I even thinking? Until I came across this space.

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Upon walking in the front door, I knew this was it.  Didn’t care about cost, I had to have it.  I could already picture myself working at my desk, taking photos in the back, greeting clients in the waiting area.  Do you see it?
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Met with the landlord, told him all my plans and he handed me a key and wished me all the best.  A key to my very own Studio!  I must be dreaming!  

Be sure to check back for the planning of renovations and make this office space look like a photo studio in part 2 and 3 in the coming weeks.

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