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Practice Practice Practice

This is the one piece of advice that many photographers have for newbies like myself.  I’ve done a lot of research and reading and have learned a lot this way, but I know ultimately what will make me better is for me to form a stronger bond with my camera.  At this moment, I can comfortably say that my camera and I have become more than just acquaintances.  In the last few months, we’ve spent a lot more time together and have developed a friendly relationship, but to say we have a strong friendship is perhaps still a little presumptuous.  I mean, we like each other well enough, but for me to start developing my photography voice and style, we need to connect and have the kind of bond that childhood friends have.  We need to know each other inside and out and everything in between.  We need to be able to complete each other’s sentences.

So, I’ve invested in my very first hands-on photography workshop with the talented Augie Chang from the Bay area this summer.  I am so excited to learn new things and review old things in order to improve on my skills.  When I’m through with this workshop, me and my girl Canon 5D are going to be attached at the hip….or is it the neck, or the eye….you get the point.  We’re going to be BFF’s and we’re going to practice, practice, practice.

Accessorizing

I’m slowly building my collection of gear!  Key word is slowly.  In March, I bought my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens (precisely 1 week afer I set it as my March goal) and 2 weeks ago I finally bought a Shootsac.   Tonight, I bought a strap for my camera for a little pop of color and personality to all of my black gear!  Not just any camera strap, but a pretty camera strap with padding.  Ta-da!

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I bought it at Shealynn’s shop on Etsy which I found through Drew B’s blog.  It was only $20.50 including shipping.  This design is actually only $18.50, but I added the padding for an extra $2.  Get one!

Helpful Tips

In the last few weeks, I’ve met with different people who have inspired me and have given me a ton of helpful tips as I’m in the infant stages of my business.

  1. Start an inspiration book of ideas from magazines, blogs and things that I see anywhere that I want to try.
  2. Get a planner and write down my weekly goals.  I started this last week and it’s helping me stay focused on the things that I want to accomplish each day.
  3. Set up any kind of shoot to practice each month.
  4. Get my business license and set things up now while things are slow.
  5. Step away from the computer, take time out to relax and do something fun!

All really great tips that I’ve already started to implement.  I feel like now I’m actually taking action instead of just wanting this to happen.

Contest Update

I didn’t win. 😦

Feeling Lucky

As you now know, I am obsessed with everything related to photography and how I can start my business.  My photography folder in my Google Reader is insanely large now since I first started blog stalking.  One of my favorite photographers is Jasmine Star, a girl who started with a passion and is now an industry leader in branding & marketing…she also takes fabulous photos as well.  She’s currently hosting a contest about taglines and how it’s important to your overall branding and marketing of your business (or any business for that matter).  The winner wins a Show It Site for a year worth $468!

Now, I’ve never won anything in my entire life.  I’ve entered a few contests here or there, but in all honesty, I never expect to win.  I’m just not a lucky person who wins things.  However, I do want to win this!  So, I entered my tagline….Happily chasing my dream by capturing yours.

I feel like it’s kind of cheesy, but it’s also kind of me.  I kind of like it and then I kind of loathe it.  I tried changing it just a little and then scrapping it all together.  But, in essence, it’s where I am right now and I find it fitting for me, my personality, my outlook on life…right now.  I wrote the “happily chasing my dream” part way back in August when I first started this blog.  When I started posting again I saw my tagline at the top of the page and it made me smile.  I like the way it made me feel.  After pondering other taglines for a few hours I decided to stick with it.  Usually the first thing that comes up in your brainstorming ends up being the best, right?  To make it more relatable to photography I added the last part and it think it wraps up my tagline.  Like the pretty white bow on a Tiffany’s box (here’s a brand every girl loves).

Maybe I’ll win this one…maybe not.  At least I have a place to start in this thing called branding.

Lists

Detail-oriented.  Strong organizational and time management skills.  Effectively handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

These are some of my related work skills listed on my resume.  I’m a list maker.  I make all kinds of lists on post-its, notecards, yellow legal pads, on my phone, my computer….everywhere for anything.  I need to have lists in order to clear my head and focus on how to cross the items off of my list.  I love nothing more than to place a little check mark next to an item.

A few days ago a made a list of things I needed to get started with my business.  Some were tangible goods like a new lens, a Shootsac and some things were work-in-progress items like a logo, website, etc.   My list became quite large and daunting and it made me feel a little nervous, like, am I really going to do this?  Can I do this?  Before the doubt seeped any further into my mind I decided to make a sublist for my list.  A list of goals, if you will.  I broke it down by the months and placed 1 or 2 items under each month of when I wanted to cross an item off.

March Goal – buy Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.