I've been talking to my husband a lot these past few days and doing more research. I swear I'm always researching. I posted a while back that I was struggling with how to make the leap in the pro-direction seeing as how I know I still have a lot to learn and need more experience. But it's something that I have become very passionate about and know I want to pursue.
I have created myself a business plan. I want to focus on maternity, newborns and babies-- up until the 1st year cake smash. Over the next few months I am going to go ahead and start setting up my business the right way-- tax ID, business license, etc. I've already decided on my pricing structure for both portfolio building and after. Come the first of the year I am going to begin marketing for portfolio building, but will also have my "regular pricing" out in the public eye from the get go.
I feel that I've grown so much already. With the chance at a little more practice, and some equipment upgrades I think I will improve 10 fold. I know that a better camera doesn't make a better photographer, but I do feel like I'm limited by what I do have. For one, with shooting indoors I will be working in low-light conditions frequently. The ability to up my ISO without adding as much noise to the image is a plus. For two, I will be able to get a level of sharpness I'm just not able to currently.
I know I'm still a far cry from the super pros, but I do feel like I am worth more than say-- a JCP photographer. And I have my own experience to demonstrate this. Case in point: Here is a picture we had taken of Aiden at JCP. (Grandted he was almost 2 months at the time and not a very sleepy baby) It's a long story, but let's just say the experience was not a wonderful one. I ended up spending over $200 when it was all said and done so that I could have the digital images (So I could later attempt to edit some of them.....)
Here are two pictures I took in May of my friend's baby. I see lots of room for improvement, but I believe the quality is better than what I received. (And I wonder what kind of pp I could achieve now after having learned more about PS..)
And just imagine what I'll be able to do after being able to practice with my own LO.
Anyway, I just wanted to share. I'm very excited.
Good for you, Danielle, that's very exciting!
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Good to hear you have a plan, sounds like you know what you are doing, just make sure you put in the time to practice, practice, practice.
* Amanda *
YAY for a plan! Wishing you the best of luck!
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy