Oh, I remember it so clearly. This time last year, I was crying, complaining, and felt defeated. My husband witnessed the worst of it (sorry, Eli!). I had maybe 3 people on the books for the Spring and I was so confused as to why I wasn’t booking more clients. Here I am exactly one year later, and I have an incredible amount of clients on my schedule and I am getting new inquiries almost every day. Normally I would say, “Woah, I don’t know what happened!” But I actually do know… That’s what I’m going to share with you today!
“If we don’t have dreams, what do we have?” I heard this on some random Netflix show I was watching the other day… It spoke to me. If we aren’t dreaming and fighting to get where we want to be, then what are we doing!? It’s time to reach your goals and begin living your dream! YOU are the only one who can make that happen. It all starts with YOU. So, let’s get you going!
Here are some ways to grow your business and start booking more clients from my personal experience! These tips worked for me, but keep in mind it took an entire year to get there. I have practiced, worked hard, tried new things, followed through, and taken chances. I went for it and I made it happen. It’s not going to happen for you overnight, but it will happen over some time and on YOUR time. So stop comparing your business growth to someone else’s because it doesn’t work that way. This is YOUR experience and YOUR story. Soon you are going to stop feeling defeated and start feeling refreshed with a newfound perspective and confidence!
If you’re interested in an educational opportunity with me, check out more information about my “Shades of Pink” Workshop on June 18th!! Find the registration and investment at the bottom of the page! Mentoring is fully booked until the Summer- if you are interested in some one-on-one time, shoot me an email! I can’t wait to hear from you!!
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The first week of 2018 started with an amazing one-on-one mentoring session with Hannah Shinholser Photography. As soon as I met Hannah and got to know more about herself and her business, I knew she was totally invested. I could sense her determination and passion for photography and the people that come with it. I love getting to know my clients before jumping into the lesson plan. This allows us to get comfortable and really dig deep into the heart of the business. Hannah is so good at what she does and her work is stunning! I can already see business growth and another level of confidence shining through her since we met for the mentoring day.
My larger mentoring packages include a mini styled portrait session of choice. Hannah wanted to practice with a couple and asked for a location that represented her business. Luckily, the barn that I chose was one I have used for a previous mentoring shoot and it fit her personality and brand so well. I always want to make sure I am providing details for my clients that are customized to their business needs, not mine!
I love that my mentees have differences from me and my style, but still appreciate learning from me. I also found that adding a little bit of my own style encouraged Hannah to try something new. She soon stepped out of her comfort zone, and enjoyed it! As photographers, we should constantly push ourselves to step outside of our branding box and spice things up every once in a while! Hannah had the opportunity to try a couple of new techniques and she totally ran with it… that’s what these practice photoshoots are for after all! With a mix of our brands coming together, we had so much fun shooting side by side! Hannah is SO beautiful and I’m obsessed with her headshots, which shares her love for horses, her adorable style, and stunning features! See my favorites below!
Following the headshots, we had the most perfect and adorable couple modeling for us this day. The best part is that they had just gotten engaged over Christmas time and we were able to capture their first professional photos ever, along with their actual engagement shoot!! How special and awesome is that!? Plus we ended the evening with a slight sunset glow along the horizon through the trees, and we were so pumped about it! I loved working with this sweet couple, my amazing mentee, and the vendors who helped out! Just you wait until you see this fun-loving, romantic session- cue the heart eyes!!!
YOU GUYS!!!! I am so excited to announce that for the first time, I will be offering…
Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions!!!!
Grab your honey because it’s time you get some updated, romantic pictures for this Valentine’s Day! Whether you want to surprise your man or woman with a fun portrait session as a gift, or maybe use this as quality time to love on each other in front of the camera! You might have caught on, but I LOVE love, I can’t say it enough. This year I really wanted to celebrate love with couple’s that want to do the same!
Celebrate with your gal-pals, too! Get all dolled up with your best girlfriends and do something different this holiday season!! Valentine’s Day is about LOVE whether you have a partner or not! So grab your besties, throw on some red lipstick, a cute dress, and let’s celebrate friendship!
WHAT?20-minute session with your significant other or your bestie(s)! Go casual with some flannels and sweaters, or get fancy with formal dress wear. This is your time to get those updated photos you’ve been wanting and have some fun with it!
WHERE?Richmond, VA (exact location TBA)
WHEN?Thursday, February 1st OR Friday, February 2nd
INVESTMENT?$150 for 20 minutes (20-30 images)! Photos will be sent via digital gallery before Valentine’s Day!
**Full session fee is required when signing the contract to book/reserve your spot. Session fees are non-refundable if canceled within 30 days prior to session date. Rescheduling is possible by request depending on photographer availability.
My mentoring packages have become one of my favorite services that I offer. My heart is constantly pulled in the direction to help others and their businesses. I meet such incredible women through this process. I start every mentoring session by asking about themselves, their businesses, and their goals. I love that this allows me to get to know the client better from a personal aspect and then hear more about the business side of it.
Mallory booked with me a while ago, and we were so excited to finally meet for her 5-hour mentoring package! This includes 3 hours of customized lessons, lunch, headshots, and a styled shoot to learn hands-on, trying new posing techniques, and then use the photos for the portfolio! Mallory showed me that she was hard-working, driven, and has the kindest, sweetest heart!! I loved getting to know her and I can’t wait to take her senior pictures at VCU in the Spring! I am always blown away by the dedication that goes into finishing college while running a photography business. She is seriously kicking some butt, and I can’t wait to see her business grow even more by applying what she learned when we met.
The day of our session, it was literally blowing 40mph gusts of wind. It wasn’t super cold earlier in the day, but then it dropped to the upper 30’s by the time we started shooting outdoors. I guess it’s better to learn in the worst of conditions, right? 🙂 But then the sunshine started peaking through and we ended up with beautiful golden backlighting! Mallory did amazing and dealt with the weather like a champ. The models were basically frozen, but they looked flawless and I was so thankful for their patience!
First, I will be sharing some of Mallory’s windy and beautiful headshots! Then I will begin sharing my own images and favorites from the Fall and Holiday looks… We ended the shoot with a little Christmas fun! 🙂
THANK YOU to my awesome vendor crew who helped tremendously! I loved everything about the makeup, the hair (even though the wind really wanted to screw with it), and the flower crowns! See vendors listed below:
AUNT REMY HAS NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED! I’m going to have a niece soon!!!
I seriously can’t wait to spoil this little girl with every sparkly, pink, pretty thing I can find! 🙂 My sister-in-law, Christielee, is literally the most amazing mother and I am so thankful I can learn allllll the things from her before Eli and I start a family. My brother, Dyan, is such a fun-loving, sweet Dad. He works so hard to support his family and it’s incredible to watch. I admire these two more than they know and I love this family so much that I could cry thinking about it! I mean, just look at my nephew… he’s the cutest kid I’ve ever freakin’ seen!!! Wait until you see those photos at the end!!
The Biase family is growing and growing and I’m loving every minute of it. I can’t wait to meet this cutie baby girl in December! Taking photos for family members is one of my favorite things and I’m so happy they asked me to do this maternity shoot. This baby is going to be welcomed into the world with a beautiful, loving family and a big fat camera in her face! 🙂 Being an Aunt is such a blessing. <3