As I jump for joy around my tiny apartment, I realize that I must look absolutely ridiculous this early in the morning, as I receive word that my business license will be shipped in 2-3 weeks! Elated...is the only word that really comes to mind right now. Absolutely, utterly, freakin' elated. As the little girl inside me screams, "dreams really DO comes true?!", I have to come back down to reality and realize that...this just got serious. WOW! Is this for real? Can I really do this, after all this time planning and preparing?? Yes...yes I can. I do have to say, this is the second most proud of myself moment I have ever had!...second to natural labor & birth, of course. DAMN proud of that!
So, business ready? Just about. The license was pretty much the 'cherry on top', and now I am free to fulfill all that I have dreamed of. Business cards have been running out super fast (good sign!!), so I had to order new ones, of course! So, I am window shopping and ordering 100 from here, and 100 from there, just to see what style and company I like best. My prior batch was by Vistaprint. They were nice, but pretty basic, plain, and for the price, pretty reasonable. This time, I went with Moo.com and ordered 'mini cards'. I was able to use 10 of my own photos on the 100 I ordered, which is a cool feature. I should see how they turn out in the next 5 days!
Next, I have tried to do some advertising on Facebook, as well as Google and put an ad up on craigslist. Not very traditional, I know, but that's how I'm doing it. Really, like I said in my last post, word-of-mouth has been my best friend in the world. I also have lower prices than most people expect, which is sometimes a great thing, other times...not so much. People automatically assume that if you are worth $1000, you should be charging it. I completely disagree. In fact, I want something completely opposite of that (well, not quite). In this day & age, everyone likes to make trades, barters, bargains, sales, contests, etc. to promote their business, help the local economy, and be light on their client's wallets! "Why not do that too!?", I said. So, I have tried my hardest to bring quality photography to the people who can't afford the top-end sessions. I know I couldn't! I hope this helps my future clientele....what do you think? Since I am in the business, I might as well ask the people! ♥
All-in-all, things are going well. Slow & steady wins the race....right?! Damn, I sure hope so...mama could really use a win right about now...
Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.