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    I am so happy to have you here if this is our first time visiting! For those that don't know me, I started my photography business, Harvest of Memories, in 2009 and never, ever imagined I would be where I am right now, which would be running my business, full-time from my home! I am not your average photographer. I am unique and creative photographer. I am a wife and mother of two precious girls and hit the ground running when I started my business. I have taken photographs for people all over Ohio and gained so many clients just by word of mouth. HOM is not a "pose and shoot" business. I produce inventive, original, timeless photographs to cherish important memories forever. I am currently serving Central Ohio including Columbus, Gahanna, New Albany, Granville, Westerville, and Newark, Ohio.

    "Life is pretty simple to me.....pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around their neck that says 'Make me feel important.'" -Darlene Hall

    Photo credit to Amanda Estep Photography. (www.amandaestepphotography.com)

Harvest of Memories 2 Year Anniversary!

I have been thinking about today…..days ago if that makes sense.  I believe on Wednesday as I was driving around the thought crossed my mind about my 2 year anniversary of my photography business going from a hobby to a full-time income and just can’t get my mind around it all.  I LOVE it when people ask to hear my story about how I got started and what trials I still face because I’m always honest when I tell people I’m still learning and that’s what I enjoy most about what I do.  I don’t have anybody pushing me to do something that I don’t want to do or has no meaning to me as a person.  It’s all about what I want to accomplish.  I could keep talking, but let’s get to the point…THE FREE STUFF!  Read the details below about the contest!  Good luck everybody!  Last year’s contest was just the $200 credit.  This year you get the credit and 2 locations!  Want to share this with your friends?  It’s easy!  Hit the share button at the bottom of the post and it will automatically show up on your facebook wall or you can send out a tweet.  I will consider either of these as a bonus entry.  So let’s see…that’s FOUR ways to enter!

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March 24, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Jocelyn - I absolutely love Darlene and her work, I’m always getting complements on our pictures. Thanks so much and looking forward to our next session( late spring/ early summer)

March 25, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Linda - Love your work! Your photos are so creative and you have a great ability to capture the feelings, not just the moment!

March 27, 2012 - 2:33 pm

marianne - Congrats! You’re amazing at what you do and I highly recommend you and your work to everyone I know :)

March 27, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Annette - I also thank your former employer! :) I absolutely love my engagement photos and cannot wait for our wedding!!

March 27, 2012 - 3:05 pm

DarleneHall - I wish I could thank my former employer in person sometimes:):) I still wonder if she thinks I was crazy that I didn’t cry over the news. I actually had a huge smile on my face! I couldn’t wait to start my own business! See you very soon! I can’t wait!!!

March 27, 2012 - 3:07 pm

DarleneHall - Thank you so much Marianne! I am so excited for you and your baby that’s on the way!!! What an exciting time for you! I will see you soon:):)

March 27, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Amy - So glad you were able to start your own company. I have seen lots of pictures you have taken for friends and family and they are all beautiful! I can not wait to be able to bring my family to you and have to take family portraits of us!

March 27, 2012 - 4:55 pm

DarleneHall - Thank you so much Amy:) Contact me anytime!

March 27, 2012 - 4:57 pm

DarleneHall - Thank you Jocelyn:) I’m so happy the weather is finally nice outside! Way too much time inside if you ask me:)

March 27, 2012 - 4:58 pm

DarleneHall - Thank you Linda! I love what I do for so many reasons and I’m thankful for it daily!

March 30, 2012 - 7:02 pm

Michelle Morrison - SO amazing that you followed your dream! You are amazing at what you do and look forward to working with you on June 2nd:)

March 30, 2012 - 7:16 pm

DarleneHall - Thank you Michelle! I can’t wait for June to get here…the suspense is killing me!

Shift in Customer Service

Yesterday, I invited my intern Lindsey over to my house and we were chatting about the business and I told her the photography industry has changed for me personally in a few short years, which is amazing to me.

When I first started, I can remember receiving customer service over the phone for practically anything I needed.  This year, I have discovered lots of companies I’m using to help better my business all had trial periods and didn’t provide much customer service when they saw me as a “free” account.  I still look back at that time and remember thinking it was out of my comfort zone to not get help until they had my money.  As hard as it was for me, I signed up with a lot of these places.  To be honest, hardly any of them provide phone customer service, which means I have to email my issues to them.  I don’t know what it is, but I can’t figure out why this has changed for me dramatically.  I am assuming that I’m finding sophisticated sites that have always been around is the only thing I can come up with really.

Anyway, today is no different from my past experiences.  I am trying out a new company and this one has “rules” that are so wild and crazy.  I would love to personally talk to the person that said anybody with a free account can only load 2 items and once you load them they can’t be deleted.  My personal issue would be I loaded 2 items and didn’t know there was a limit until afterwards.  I attempted to delete them and that was when I discovered I can’t because again…I’m not a paying customer yet.  If that wasn’t enough, I’m having issues with another company at the exact same time and can go on the record and say I have sent 6 emails to one company and 5 emails to the other.  Guess what:  My issue is still outstanding with both of them.

The lesson I’m trying to point out to anybody starting their own business….just be patient and find a way to laugh.  On the bright side, it’s very rewarding when issues are finally resolved, but it’s the waiting game that can be very intimidating so don’t give up!

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Before and After the “I do.”

This is just a glimpse into how I spend my weekends when my wedding season starts! Who wouldn’t like to dance with others, eat cake, and get paid to capture people laughing? This is why I LOVE photographing WEDDINGS! It truly is a lot of fun!

(For easier viewing, hit play on the video, and then hit pause. You will see a light gray bar on the left and a dark gray bar start to appear on the right. Let the dark bar travel all the way to the right before you hit play. This will help reduce the buffering issue so you can see the video play continuous.)

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