Desiree C. Preckwinkle
How did you get your name out there
So if I want to start a business, how would I start by getting my name out there. I don't have much to show as references as someone has to start somewhere. I am curious how everybody got there foot out the door. I want to shoot family photos and babies for starters. Thanks for any info. Also curious when you did start, where did you get your ideas from... books, seeing other photos, your own instinct... ect. Thanks
So if I want to start a business, how would I start by getting my name out there."
"[...] I want to shoot family photos and babies for starters."
Then shoot a portfolio - unpaid - of excellently remarkable family photos and babies, and approach the hospital's public relations department with a proposal to exhibit a dozen, BIIIG prints, cleanly mounted, in the halls of the maternity ward.
Your name modestly, but clearly, alongside. Plus either an eMail address, OR a phone number
When the exhibit starts it should ideally be opened with a little shindig, a 'vernissage', to which the hospital and you, together, can invite various dignitaries and, most importantly, the local press. Prepare a couple press kits: bio, pic (of you!), 3 smaller examples of your work, business card.
Then go bowling and wait for the local papers to fall on your doormat. And maybe the phone'll start ringin'....
It's an adventure!
Inspirations by Kristy
I am a mom of three and have an on-locations studio.
First, think about where you go already. Are you a mom? Do you go out on the town with frieds? What do your days consist of? Reach out the peole that you come in contact each day.
Connect with other moms. Do you attend church?
If you pass by a mom, give her a card and tell her you need to build your portfolio up and would love to take pictures of her baby and offer her some prints. Word of mouth is the best way to start your photo business. It is really the only way I continue. When people like something they talk and show it off. Especially pictures of there little one. I would even recommend putting a sign on your car with a phone # and web site. You need a web site for people to be convinced sometimes. That is my only portfolio right now.
if you do one, you will never have to come here and ask such a question ever.
Inspirations by Kristy
I agree. I think everything I mentioned can be part of your business plan. Deciding what knid of photographer you want to be. Also, I forgot to mention, look at other web sites. What is it that is making them good?
I think I struggled with finding my niche. I love everything there is about photography. Whether it be scenic or a childs beautiful smile. Since I am a people person and have children I can relate to families and know the feeling you get when your child smiles. So, I pick children and families to photograph.
I am always seaching other sites. Finding new things to do. Letting my surroundings inspire me.
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