It has come to that time, where I realise that you don’t make a lot of money photographing cycling. It has been good, but it isn’t enough to make a living on, so it is time to use my artistic talents to expand. I am attempting to get a portrait business off the ground. Not something new, have tried before, but I didn’t really push it enough, and let’s face it, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I knew what type of photos I wanted to take and the premise I had was a good one, taking photos of kids in their natural environment, but I didn’t have the skills to really do it properly.
So what’s different now?
Well I’ve studied photography more intensely, did one year of Diploma in photography before going on to study Fine Arts. I have also had a lot more experience with the theatre. I think that has helped tremendously. I believe that to do the type of photography that I want to do, then I have to understand light and how it works, and how I can use it to do what I want. I think I have those skills now and it is time to put it to the test and just get out there to take photos.
Fortunately I have the business name, the domain name and ABN, the photography business is all set up, so I don’t have to go out and do anything extra to get myself sorted.
To help advertise my business I needed a logo or something to use on my business cards and website. I’m very lucky to have become friends with Thomay and she designed the above for me. I love it, simple, and elegant.
I also need a website, unfortunately I don’t think my current website can really do what I want, though I can still use it for my business to put up the portraits, and with the added bonus of being able to put a access code on it so only the family involved can see the images. I decided that I would start with a blog and then work on my own website.
I started a new WordPress blog called Leanne Cole Photography. I went through all the themes and decided on one that I thought looked elegant and one similar to what I would design myself if I was doing it. I found what I was looking for and through some frustrating moments I am slowing getting it together. A screen shot. Doesn’t show everything, but it is getting there. Take a look yourself.
Don’t forget to let me know what think. I am still working on it, and it will all come together. The way I’ve worded stuff isn’t fantastic and once I get the look I want that will be the next step.
I have decided that I am going to charge quite a bit for the session fee, which will include a package or selection of free photos. It always drove me nuts when my children were little and you went to find a photographer, only to discover there were so many hidden costs and what they charge for the actual photographs was huge, and so overpriced. I hated that, so I always wanted my business to be more upfront. Perhaps with the original session fee, and the photos that you get for it you can get everything you need. Also, the prices of the photos, if people want extra, will be the same as what I charge now for prints with the sports photography.
Fingers crossed that people will some portrait photos from me.