The winner of “My Special Day Giveaway” goes to Jill Calkins! Congratulations!! Thank you to everybody that participated in the contest!
I just can’t let some photos go. This is a perfect example of a really great moment that I wasn’t going to let something like an ugly trash can ruin so I took it out!
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!
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!
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!
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