I've finally started my own business. After the year I've had it's the only truly and completely positive thing in my life. I'm so grateful to be able to do this. I can't work a regular job, seeing children, babies, and pregnant women without any warning is just too difficult. I can't do it. And with all the kids going back to school, while I know my son never will, it's already a hard enough time. I needed to do something for myself that made me happy, because no one else was going to be able to make me better, only I could fix myself.
So I did what i always dreamed of. I stopped taking pictures as a side job for friends and started a business. I created a facebook page, a tumblr blog, I advertised, I researched equipment, I invested in business cards, called the local print ship and worked out a collaboration deal, got some models and I started working. Things have been slow, some weeks are better than others, I'm really just trying to build up a portfolio for when we move to Washington in January.
I'm nervous though. I need this to work out. I know it will be a lot of work and a lot of stress. But if I can get it to work it's worth it. I've got a few sessions booked and I'm working on seeing what I can do to make my business better. After I book a session I plan out what I will invest in with the money earned so the next session can be even better, the amount of tutorials and classes I've watched is bordering ridiculous. I've began networking with other local businesses by putting their relevant business cards in the envelopes with discs, like when I book a boudoir session I put in a "Pure Romance Card" or an engagement announcement gets the local florist and a friend who is a wedding planner. In return they have my business cards "Oh you're planning a wedding? How about THIS photographer" and so on.
Hopefully, I build up a good reputation and portfolio for when we are in Washington. Then my business can really take off once we're in one location for a long time.
Eating: nothing, eating displeases me