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Networking to Success

Leanne Cole - Going With the Flow

Trying to be successful is so much harder than just producing the work.  So many people have told me that they love the work I am doing, but it is hard to find my audience and find that success.  It seems just producing good work is not enough and you have to do a lot more.

I met up with a friend recently who does marketing and she gave me some hints and tips of what I need to be doing.  One of the things she said that was really important, was networking.

So what is networking?  I think we all know what it is, basically making friends, but how do we do it?  How easy is to make lots of friends?  I am not a shy sort of person, but I am not comfortable around other people.  I feel very awkward, so I don’t know how I am going to be able to do this.  It is going to be interesting.

I have signed up for some things with my local council that will hopefully help with networking and I could possible meet a lot of people.  I have my new business cards now, so I am really all set to go, just need to find that new network.

I thought today I would show you a gallery of all the images that I really like of the new work that I have been doing.

On the subject of networking, I met a new person this morning, Michael from Photonet Gallery in Fairfield.  I was introduced to him through a friend from the Mallee, Ted, and I was introduced because Michael does printing.  He prints on many different types of papers, and everything is archival.  I loved all the papers and I really hope we can work together.  Some of the papers he has would give my images another dimension all together.  It is exciting.

I think my network might have started.

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  1. Tracy #

    I like your images, always enjoy what you share. Good luck

    August 8, 2013
  2. Great set Leanne! The Photo gallery link you posted is broken, thought you may want to know. :)

    August 8, 2013
    • Thank you John, thanks for letting me know about the link, it seems WP have been making more changes and how to do links is one of them, I have fixed it now. :)

      August 8, 2013
  3. The photos above are like a vibrant, ravishing, collection of dreams. But whether storybook or portfolio, I hope your work gets into the right hands and that your networking is a great success.

    August 8, 2013
    • Thank you Gina, I like that description. I hope the networking works too. I have joined a couple of things, and signed up for some, so time will tell.

      August 8, 2013
  4. Really enjoyed seeing your photos I think they are beautiful. That being said I completely relate to your issue with networking. It is a problem I have myself. Do you have a website?

    August 8, 2013
    • First of all, thank you. Networking is such a hard thing, that and marketing. Something I really need to work on. Yes, I do have a website, http://www.leannecole.com.au/

      August 8, 2013
      • Thanks,
        The networking topic hasn’t left my head since your post. Really encouraged the last post I just wrote. Gave you a mention and linked your site. Perfectly appropriate for the topic :)

        August 9, 2013
      • It seems to be a topic on many peoples minds, so you are welcome and thanks for the link.

        August 10, 2013
  5. The images are beautiful. Good luck with the networking :)

    August 8, 2013
  6. Loretta Walshe #

    Hi Leanne

    I hope you saw the e-newsletter with your article that I have just sent out today. I think I added you to our circulation list but let me know if you haven’t received it.

    I just read your post on networking. It was funny that you mentioned Michael Silver. I worked with Michael as part of my role at Guide Dogs Victoria as he took a lot of the photos of the pups and dogs. He is very friendly. Michael’s son also works as a photographer and I am sure Michael would be well connected to many in the industry.

    I could introduce you to our designer Ramesh Weereratne if you like as is team would have clients who need photos as part of their design projects. You are so talented so it shouldn’t be too hard to market yourself!

    Cheers

    Loretta

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    August 8, 2013
    • I did see it Loretta, thank you for the plug.
      Michael does seem well connected and a really nice person, I love the way he prints images too. I can’t believe you know him, what a small world we live in.
      I am up for meeting anyone, I hope you are right, I do need to market myself and find somewhere for my images.
      I need to come and talk to you, must organise it. Thanks

      August 8, 2013
  7. The colors the poses the creativity….. AMAZING!

    August 8, 2013
  8. stilettosinthemud #

    I love your work, wish I could model for you!

    August 8, 2013
  9. Beautiful photographs.

    August 8, 2013
  10. Good for you! :-D I’m still trying to figure out what Networking actually is. I mean, I know it’s meeting other people and getting new contacts but how? Do you just say, Hi! IM FELICIA AND I AM A ….WHAT ARE YOU? OK, LETS SWAP CARDS! Lol idk what to do but good luck to you and please make a post on what the heck to do as well.

    August 8, 2013
    • So I think what you really mean is how do you network, which is what I need to work out too. Apparently you don’t go up to people and say much about you, or you find people who you think might be interested in you and say what you do and give them a card. I think that is what it is. I will let you when I figure it out. I think you just always let people know what you do because you never know when someone will tell someone about you.

      August 8, 2013
      • Please do! thanks for that explanation, though :D

        August 9, 2013
      • You’re welcome. :)

        August 9, 2013
  11. Actually surprised that you wrote this with all of your followers. Would have thought one of them could help you network. Hmm.

    August 8, 2013
    • It is surprising how though I have lots of followers, I don’t find that helps me with trying to make a living. It is good to use for show, but that is about it. It seems I have to leave the cyberworld and enter the real one to do some networking. :)

      August 8, 2013
  12. Amazing pictures

    August 8, 2013
  13. Keep at it! I do not know how to describe it, but to me your pictures has a fragility and shyness in them, as if your models almost do not believe that you are seeing their soul.

    August 8, 2013
    • I think you did a great job of describing them, thank you very much. I will keep at it, don’t think I could stop now.

      August 8, 2013
  14. Lovely, exuberant images, Leanne! Especially nice to see how much your models are enjoying participating in the fantasies. Good luck with your networking. Obviously setting your mind to it has already helped it manifest in a very practical and inspiring way.

    August 8, 2013
    • I do think the models really enjoy it and they are always keen to do more, which is fantastic. Thank you Orb, I hope so, I suppose that is part of it, opening your mind to the idea. I do believe very strongly in this work, so I do believe something will happen with it.

      August 8, 2013
      • Absolutely! And, guess what? I’m going to a business networking conference this weekend, yippee!

        August 9, 2013
      • That is fantastic, I hope you will pass on any great tips. ;)

        August 9, 2013
  15. Beautiful. Love to watch.

    August 8, 2013
  16. thanks for this post, it is nice to hear that other photographers are going through same kind of stuff. It is not always so easy.

    August 8, 2013
    • It is never easy, we think it should be, but I suspect photography is probably one of the hardest areas to get into these days. Thank you.

      August 8, 2013
      • it is very hard! here in my country, people has so very different kind of views and thoughts than myself. They think that you are not photographer without a studio and that kind of stuff…

        August 9, 2013
      • That can be hard when you are dealing with ideas like that. It is something you have to push through if you can and show that you can do other things without a studio, if that is possible. Good luck.

        August 9, 2013
      • thanks Leanne <3

        August 9, 2013
      • :)

        August 9, 2013
  17. Leanne, I think your work is just remarkable, gorgeous and eye catching! I too am working on networking for my photography. Luckily, I am a graphic designer for a print shop so a lot falls into my lap. However, I still have to open my mouth. My oh my, it is nerve wracking! Best of luck with the networking and thanks for sharing your amazing work!
    -Ali

    August 8, 2013
    • You are very lucky, I have never had that kind of luck, but yes you do have to open your mouth, though I think the trick is not to say too much. Thank you for your kind words, and best of luck to you too.

      August 8, 2013
  18. Kane Beatz #

    Reblogged this on Beatz kane Blog.

    August 8, 2013
  19. Kane Beatz #

    good one ……………………….

    August 8, 2013
  20. It has been said that a photograph has no intrinsic value. I guess they never heard of fine art photography.

    August 8, 2013
  21. Hi Leanne. Your friend is spot on. Networking is vital for building profile and growing ones success by what ever yardstick you measure it. But thats not all. Through networking comes new ideas, new techniques and new directions for ones work as you have already seen with Michael.

    Social media is a form of networking and I find it great for finding new ideas and as a marketing tool. May be I am too old school but for me it does not have the same networking effect as direct contact. A big part of successful networking is building trust and to me that only comes from direct contact.

    August 8, 2013
    • That is so true, it is a scary thought to be putting yourself out there, it is so easy to just hide at home, but I am trying to force myself to get out there.

      I think you are right about social media, someone said to me recently that it is good once that initial contact is made, but no good before hand, so I suppose I have to get out there. I have signed up for a couple of things, so I better start being social. Thanks George.

      August 8, 2013
  22. leecleland #

    Go, go Leanne! What a fabulous introduction.

    August 8, 2013
  23. I am blown away! These are amazing.

    August 8, 2013
  24. Two old sayings spring to mind: “Success is 10% inspiration – 90% perspiration” and “It’s not what you know, but who you know that counts.”

    August 8, 2013
    • I have sort of heard the first, but know the second most definitely, it really is who you know. Thanks Brian.

      August 8, 2013
  25. Very good and personal work, Leanne. Good luck with networking.

    August 8, 2013
    • Thank you and thank you, it is going to be interesting.

      August 8, 2013
  26. Best of luck to you, Sweetie…taking a step forward beats standing still, any day…

    August 8, 2013
    • That’s for sure Marie, I just need to take those steps. Thanks Marie

      August 9, 2013
  27. Your work is (and always has been)… stunning!
    And even though you’re way ahead of me in terms of skill, talent and experience… these photos show that you are still growing and on the way UP!

    Networking is challenging even for the biggest extroverts among us.
    We are judged by the company we keep… just think of your network being a prime example of that in a business sense. You’ll have to form alliances, friendships and sometimes, revisit that network and cull a little.

    Your network is a living, breathing, entity because it’s made up of human beings gathered for a common cause: success.
    And not just their own… but that of the community of common ideas/goals and aspirations of those with whom they associate.

    In short: YOUR success is equally important to the general success of your network.

    You’re gonna do just fine with this… I can feel it. :)

    August 8, 2013
    • Thanks, and I agree with you about the growth, I do feel like I am still growing and I am excited to see where I go.
      I also agree about the networking being hard, thank you for the vote of confidence, it really means a lot.

      August 9, 2013
  28. LB #

    Sounds like you’re on the right track. Good luck! These images are lovely…. Especially the light on faces!

    August 8, 2013
    • Thank you LB, I hope that I am too, I love playing with the light, so good to see that you like that.

      August 9, 2013
  29. Leanne, just reading this posting I thought of a networking angle for you, but you might have already done it. Artists have shows in galleries and libraries, so why can’t photographers have their own show to bring their artwork to the public’s eye with advertising in the newspaper and local magazines to get the word out?

    August 8, 2013
    • It is a great idea, but newspapers are pretty much a dead form of anything now, people just don’t look at them much anymore, and I have looked at magazines, but they are so expensive to advertise in, I can’t really afford it. I am looking at places where I can show my work. Thanks for the ideas Mary, they always appreciated.

      August 9, 2013
      • You’re welcome and I hope you get the publicity you need because you are a great photographer.

        August 9, 2013
      • Thank you so much Mary. :)

        August 9, 2013
  30. katrinamillen #

    I love these photo’s, it’s like a romance novel come to life!!!!!!

    August 8, 2013
    • Thank you, I love the idea of the romance novel.

      August 9, 2013
  31. I like this series a lot. I think the order of things for your interest in selling your work is:
    1) These are good photos
    2) Lots of people are seeing them right now
    3) Some of those people have the potential to help you sell your work–though they might not know it, and you don’t know who they are now
    4) We pause to celebrate what you have already achieved—creating good photos and getting lots of people to look at them (every day!) are two pretty big deals
    5) Where to go next is the question

    August 8, 2013
    • I like the way you have done this Paul, and I might have to write this out in my notebook. I especially love point 5, that really is the next question. Thank you so much Paul.

      August 9, 2013
      • Another way to say it is that if you didn’t need or want to make money from what you’re doing, then you’re already highly successful. You’ve already accomplished an enormous amount.

        August 9, 2013
      • I like that way of looking at it too Paul, I wish it were true, but there needs to be that other success as well, or it becomes impossible to go on, or go on as I have been. thanks again.

        August 9, 2013
  32. Your work is absolutely stunning – I love the dark, almost romantic feel of it. I have the same problem with networking, but slowly, I’m finding that I love making new “photographer” friends, because there’s always so much to talk about in terms of style, equipment, etc. Good luck!

    August 9, 2013
    • Thank you Jenna, the romantic theme seems to be coming out a lot. Networking with like minded people is fantastic, though I need to network with people who want to hire me to take photos, and they are so much harder to find. Good luck to you too.

      August 9, 2013
  33. I can only wish you success Leanne as your images are stunning. I agree with you that it is hard to put yourself out there. I wish you all the best in this.

    August 9, 2013
    • Thank you Colline, it is so hard to put yourself out there, it is going to be interesting.

      August 9, 2013
  34. I share your pain a bit Leanne and chose to start with people I know. To be honest it just felt safe.
    It looks like your networking is already successful and growing. It may not be moving as quickly as you want, but it is happening. Of course the other concern might be to the amount of time you have to put into it when what you really want to do is create work that you and others enjoy.
    Somethings you can’t get around, so you’re gonna have to be persistent and patient.
    And yes I’m talking to myself as well :-)

    August 9, 2013
    • Oh no there is that word patience again, haha, I don’t have a lot of that.
      I do need to give myself time, you are right about that, and I do need to be patient. I have booked into some courses and group things that my local council have set up that are supposed to help with networking, time will tell if they work.
      Glad you are saying it all to yourself as well, thank you.

      August 9, 2013
  35. Very Nice and Beautiful.

    August 9, 2013
  36. I love this style of art photography!

    August 9, 2013
  37. So pleased that your network has started. I enjoy your work. It has a dreamy quality that makes my imagination fly. I, too am working on my network since coming back into the business. It takes time. I wish you luck!

    August 9, 2013
    • Good luck to you as well, it is nice to see networking beginning, still a long way to go. It is so great to hear people describing my work, I love that, thank you very much.

      August 9, 2013
  38. Love the photos in your gallery. I put a “like” on my favorites.

    That’s interesting advice about networking. Thank you for sharing it. It helps me because I’m considering going to a reader convention and various conventions next year and have to decide on whether to plan to do that.

    August 9, 2013
    • Thanks Nia. :)
      Yes, networking and planning on doing it is very important, you need business cards, be ready to hand them out. Of course, networking is just about people you know it can be people you like, you just never know where it will go. Good luck.

      August 9, 2013
      • Thank you! I just received my new business cards. I changed my tagline, as we call it in writing. Based on responses to my first story, I changed my “brand” from light stories of love set in contemporary times to sexy heroes and feisty heroines with a touch of suspense. ;) My readers and Amazon viewers are really helping me identify who I’m like and what about my writing they like. Great to have real-world feedback. Thanks for your comments on networking; you are right, you reach out and reach out, never knowing what will lead to what. We can’t be total artist introverts, can we?

        August 9, 2013
      • I just got new business cards too, though I am not sure mine have worked well, but they will be fine for now. That is great that you are finding a new you, so to speak through the experience of your book. It is so cool. No we can’t be complete introverts, we would never have any success that way. Thanks Nia.

        August 9, 2013
  39. biancabagliettophotography #

    Leanne this recent work that you have shared is beautiful and powerful. I havent had much chance to go through all yr blogs but wot ive seen has been great and this set is truly amazing. Like you im in the process of getting my network going but with summer here its hard as one struggles to find the time to what needs to be done. Good luck and look forward to c more of yr work.

    August 9, 2013
    • Thank you Bianca, that is lovely of you to say, We all do what we can,. I think networking is hard to do anytime, it is really hard to put yourself out there, it is so easy to fear rejection, something we all hate. We will both have to force ourselves to do it, good luck to you too.

      August 9, 2013
      • biancabagliettophotography #

        thank you. It is a struggle and social networking is just as important but the best way is through word of mouth :) Just keep doing what you do and don’t get discouraged.

        August 9, 2013
      • I think word of mouth is the best way too, I will keep going, thanks, it is really important to me to make this work.

        August 9, 2013
      • biancabagliettophotography #

        You will as long as you keep going.

        August 9, 2013
      • That is so wonderful of you to say, thank you so much.

        August 9, 2013
      • biancabagliettophotography #

        Your Welcome :)

        August 9, 2013
      • :)

        August 9, 2013
  40. Fantastic photographs. Good luck with the networking!

    August 9, 2013
  41. holley4734 #

    I LOVE the photos. They remind me of a fairy tale. But maybe a little darker, which is also great. Thanks for sharing! http://holley4734.wordpress.com/

    August 9, 2013
    • Thank you, they are perhaps a little darker than what you normally see with fairy tales, but that is good.

      August 9, 2013
  42. holley4734 #

    Reblogged this on Destino and commented:
    Beautiful photos!

    August 9, 2013
  43. Wish I knew how to work nets! Not an easy thing to do. :)
    The print connection should provide a very good extra dimension to what you offer.

    August 9, 2013
    • No, not easy to do at all. I hope the new connection will help me get some great prints, that would be wonderful. Thanks Colonialist.

      August 9, 2013
  44. These are stunning images!!

    August 9, 2013
  45. Beautiful photographs! As a young writer and photographer (and fellow Leanne) I empathize completely. I only hope the hard work and continuous networking will pay off! I am glad to see you are making new connections and progress with your work! :)

    August 9, 2013
    • Thank you Leanne, lovely to meet another Leanne. I hope so too, it is an interesting time ahead, I think I am about to find out how good my networking skills are.

      August 9, 2013
  46. It’s so true. Artists (and writers and dancers and musicians and so many other creatives) have not only to do great work, but, it seems, everything else as well. Good luck with your networking. I’m currently learning how to do all this as well. It’s hard to figure out exactly what works so that the bills get paid. :) You photography is phenomenal, though–may it find its way into all the right hands.

    August 9, 2013
    • I did the fine arts degree, but they don’t teach you all that stuff, how to market yourself, how to put yourself out there. I assume, as to what works, just try everything, I have got a couple of things lined up soon so hopefully that will help with that. Thank you as well.

      August 9, 2013
      • Something you may already know about and may or may not find helpful is the business tips section of artist Lori McNee’s site. She’s great with social media tips as well. http://www.finearttips.com/ I’m primarily a writer, and I still find what she has to say helpful…

        August 9, 2013
      • No, I didn’t know about her, so thank you very much for the tip and the link, I’ve had a quick look around, but I will look more.

        August 10, 2013
      • Hope you find it at least a little helpful. :)

        August 13, 2013
      • At this stage I take all the advice I can get, so I will be devouring her site, thanks for it once again Melissa. :)

        August 13, 2013
      • I’m right there with you on the learning department!! Good luck with it all!

        August 13, 2013
      • Thanks again Melissa, I will try and keep the blog updated with what I am doing, it seems a good a thing to do. Good luck to you too.

        August 13, 2013
      • Thanks!! :)

        August 13, 2013
      • :)

        August 13, 2013
  47. Your gallery’s absolutely wonderful, Leanne. You should be very proud of this. Good luck with the networking.

    August 10, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, I do feel like I am on the right path, and that feels great. Thanks again, networking is such an interesting thing to do.

      August 10, 2013
  48. beautiful picture :)

    August 10, 2013
  49. I am afraid the world does NOT beat a path to anyone’s doorstep, but quite the contrary is true. I can’t imagine you won’t do just fine, with your networking.

    August 10, 2013
    • Thanks Robert, I think you are totally spot on, they won’t come to me, so I have to go to them.

      August 10, 2013
  50. 1st time to this site, and very new to blogging. Gorgeous images. I especially like the 2nd on of the hair hiding the eyes.

    August 11, 2013
    • Welcome to my blog, and welcome to blogging and WordPress, there is a wonderful community here. Thank you and that image is also one of my favourites.

      August 11, 2013
  51. success, as in financial success from doing what we love? That’s a tricky one, considering artists rarely love marketing. A friend told me that what an artist really need is a manager, so that she can focus doing what she loves and let the manager do the “dirty work.”

    Networking may or may not take us there, it could go slow or fast. And sometimes we just have to do so much more than what we can bargain for.

    I’ve been learning to let it flow, doing some other jobs to get the money. It’s a long and winding road, but I guess it’s not always the highway for some of us.

    Your portraits (if I may say so myself) are not the kind of things that I would do myself, but to me they are visually satisfying. I don’t know about the technical, educated terms, I just like ‘em. I guess they are more within the “fine art” realm… whatever that means. Good luck, with such good taste and hard work, luck is all that is left.

    August 11, 2013
    • I love what your friend says about having a manager, that would be fantastic.

      I think networking is one thing you should be doing, part of the bigger picture, I don’t think you would get there with just networking.

      My problem is that I don’t want to do any other jobs, so I am getting a crash course in marketing, luckily my local council has a heap of courses and things for people like me, people who want to start their own businesses. They aren’t too expensive either, so even better. I also have a friend who helps a little with giving me tips on marketing.

      I don’t have a problem with you saying you wouldn’t do them, but I think there is a market, not a massive one, but I don’t have to make massive amounts of money. It is nice that you like them, I just did a shoot with my first customer, so that was great.
      Thank you and thanks for the encouragement, it is a tough world.

      August 11, 2013
  52. As A writer, I understand your thoughts about the difficulty in succeeding in the eyes of a wide audience.
    Your images are wonderful, and I really hope that you can achieve the success you deserve.

    August 12, 2013
    • It is so difficult right now, I just have to keep trying.
      Thank you, that is nice of you to say.

      August 12, 2013
  53. wauw, I love your images! I photograph myself but I’m still learning.

    August 12, 2013
    • Thank you, this is all part of new work for me, but it is something that I am really enjoying.

      August 13, 2013
  54. As most have said, you are an artist, but you have enough images to create so many different portfolios. Your new collection above shows the strength of focusing on one subject, looks like time to arrange a public exhibition before you move on to the next chapter.

    August 16, 2013
    • I am not quite ready for the exhibition, as I think this work still needs to develop, but I am more than happy to put my work out there in group shows and such, that would be great. Thank you.

      August 16, 2013
  55. Good luck with the networking. You are so very talented and I’m sure you will do well.

    August 17, 2013
    • Thank you Chris, and thanks for the vote of confidence.

      August 17, 2013
  56. People are more helpful if you ask the right question, I am at present using contacts to set up a guest blog with Cunard, they like the 12 posts recently filed, you have a copy of the links, maybe you should be extending your writing to underpin the photography with someone like a fashion house, city authority, or your theatre connections. Become a self publishing author/photographer/story teller? I think you have well enough quality material, sometimes artists stay too close to their creations. Of course this is just an opinion.

    August 17, 2013
    • It is an interesting idea, I hadn’t really thought about doing something like this, but it is something to think about. So what do you think I should write about, or how to do it?

      August 17, 2013
  57. You may have noticed I try to tell a story in my posts no matter if the pictures do it or mix it with the text. On my days out or holidays or just taking pictures of birds and landscapes I try to stay on focus, I was lucky and did a late degree which taught me how to be concise and write with purpose. The point I made in my first post is that we live in a postmodern world where it’s how you ask and answer your own questions that help you decide a direction for your skills; so now it’s over to you and yours as to what happens next. Find a quiet corner without distraction of any kind try to sit and think for an hour or two, a lot find that hard to do but be conscious so that the good ideas stay with you. It seems most of your day is filled with ways of filling the day, crazy world time – which came first the chicken or the egg? obviously it was the cockerel. It’s only in Mills and Boon that the chicken makes it first.

    August 17, 2013
    • I find I keep time to do that thinking, often I go out for a coffee or something and will sit by myself with my notebook. I am happy with the direction I am going in, though my blog is just about photography and that is all I want it to be about. For me my blog is for other photographers, I don’t really seeing my clientele following it, well not like other photographers do. You have given me some wonderful things to think about, so thank you for that.

      August 17, 2013
  58. eyekensee #

    Your photos are awesome… I wish you all the best.

    August 18, 2013
  59. Wow your photos are amazing! I love it

    August 18, 2013
  60. Good going. Networking is tough, especially when you try with all your might and people still don’t wantt o give you the time of day.

    I love your work but these are definitely some of your best work to date that I’ve seen.

    August 28, 2013
    • It is so hard to work out who to network with as well. It is something I really need to work on.
      Thank you, that is great to hear, I am so happy with where the work is going.

      August 28, 2013
  61. Just a few thoughts on your networking dilemma; first you need to work out who your ideal customer is, then find places that your customer will visit, and use that to target your marketing. Say, for instance, you ideal customer is a woman in her thirties who appreciates fine art. She has two children, drives a Mercedes and goes to the gym regularly. Then you could talk to your local Mercedes dealer and offer a free photo session to anyone who buys a new Mercedes, or to the local fitness centre and offer the same to anyone who renews their membership. Once you have people coming for sessions, ask them if they know anyone else who would enjoy a portrait session with you? Existing customers are your best network, as they know the quality of your work. Just some ideas to be getting on with….; good luck!

    September 2, 2013
    • I have heard some similar things, I am going to have to get myself out there and consider some of these, thank you very Luke for taking the time to give me some ideas, they are always appreciated.

      September 2, 2013
  62. Thanks for liking my pictures, I am in the same boat as you networking! I am really new to this and really need to get to grips with blogging! Help and advice would be grateful! Charlotte x

    September 5, 2013
    • You’re welcome. Networking is such a funny thing, you never know when a contact will be useful. Yesterday my daughters were laughing at me because I was telling a woman in a shop about my photography, she had seemed interested, so I was telling her about it. They said they laughed because I am always doing it, but then my husband said, you have to do that, it is networking, and the more I tell people, the more the word gets out there about what I do. So I was networking without really realising that I was doing it. I don’t know that I have a lot that can help, I am finding my way through this myself. I thought my blog would be my ticket, but it hasn’t worked out how I thought it would. Though, I now use it as a showcase for my work, and then I can direct people to it. The problem with blogs is that you get an international audience, which is wonderful, but if you are trying to make money from photography, you need a local audience, and I am still working that one out. Good luck Charlotte.

      September 6, 2013
      • Thank you Leanne for taking the time to reply, I am doing exactly what you are about talking to everyone, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, here! But yes you do get the wider audience on here! Twitter I have found is useful but I am going to offer my skills for free to hopefully get the work flowing! And recognition! I was due to speak to a creative director of a local magazine tomorrow but his wife went into labour! Bad timing (for me)! But going to get out with my camera again tomorrow and see what new pictures come to light! I am loving black and white at the moment, what do you prefer? Always nice speaking to like minded people!

        Charlotte x

        September 6, 2013
      • Be careful offering your skills for free, actually it is considered a big no no. You give it away, then you get a reputation for being someone who gives away their work for free, and when you want to start charging people then no one wants to pay, because you were the free person. I have got my folio by photographing people for free, but they were friends, it was modelling work for them. I didn’t pay them and they didn’t pay me, but I wouldn’t do it for free if someone asked me, if that makes sense. Doing it for free might get you work in the short time, but it won’t get you very far in the long term. You should check out CreativeLIVE, they do a lot of courses, and have done them in the past on marketing yourself and ways you can do it.
        Photography is very hard to break into these days, there are so many more people trying to do it, the thing I find is that many people get cameras and want to be a photographer, I’m not implying this is you, then they go out and take fairly average images, and make money. I don’t understand it. The biggest problem is that the people buying the images can’t always tell the difference between good photos and bad ones. That is the hardest part, but I think the key is to keep going and keep trying, it will start to happen, but it does take time. I am on the fence with black and white, some things are better, others are better in colour, it depends on the subject and what you are trying to show I think.

        September 6, 2013
      • I did mean tapping my friends and children up as models! I was doing a course an nvq level 4 but the tutor was a little dated! I am starting a degree next month with the open university which I am really looking forward too!

        The reason I like black and white is its the picture you are looking at not the colours, but this is not good for everything I totally agree, I just think with colour and as you say all the people with cameras trying to see themselves as pros use editing software to the max which is sometimes a lucky fix, as it were.

        I like a picture to be a picture…. Art

        September 6, 2013
      • Gotta be careful with that last part Charlotte, I do a lot editing on my images, and it is something that I am becoming known for. That is my niche so to speak. So when you say things like that it sounds like you think I am cheating, or what I am doing isn’t real. It is real, it is just different. There is this idea that if you do things to images in photoshop that you doing something bad, but seriously people have been doing everything they can to get better images since photography started. So I really dislike the argument that if you are doing a lot in photoshop that you aren’t really a good photographer.
        Also, many of the people that I was talking about, don’t know how to use software, but it comes down to a lot more too, like lighting, know how to use it, many people who want to be pros have no idea about lighting and how it works, or how you should use it. Then there is composition, so many people take really bad photos because their composition is really bad. They cut off limbs in awkward places, or do strange angles, because they think it looks good. Then they go to editing and do over saturation, or are too heavy with curves. I have done similar things, and often look back on images and think, what was I thinking. Especially my early attempts at HDR images. I have heard so many stories from people saying that they are competing with people who take crap pictures. There is a lot more to it than just editing.
        I had a look at your blog, and there is nothing on there about you, where are, what is your experience, etc. You need to do an about page, and have a way of people to contact you.

        September 6, 2013
      • Really not saying that at all sorry if I got your back up, not intended. I was looking a little closer to home at some of the work seen near me!

        I have not been able to do an about me section yet as I am hopeless finding my way around, but that is my mission for today!

        I have photoshop myself but really need to have a go at a few tutorials as I don’t think I use it to even it’s half potential! I have a grumbling husband that says I need to work with a film camera more!

        I have just started my 4 year old at school so maybe it’s a good opportunity to get to grips with ps!

        I really love your blog it’s very inspiring, will take on board what you have said!

        Thanks

        September 6, 2013
      • You didn’t get my back up, not at all, it is just something you need to be careful about, LOL.

        If you want to use your blog as advertising it is important to let people know where you are, and to have a contact page, take a look at this blog, it is mine also

        http://leannecolephotography.wordpress.com/

        I use this one purely to advertise the portraits, it is connected to my website as well, but it gives you an idea of what you can do. Oh, I wonder if it says I’m in Melbourne, must look at that.

        As your husband if he is prepared to pay for the film and processing, it is expensive, that is if you can find someone to process it. There aren’t many places anymore that do it. I started with film, but would never go back.

        I love photoshop and have spent a heap of time learning it, it is fantastic. I really feel like I can just about do anything.

        Good luck with it all, sounds like you have time, so that is great.

        September 6, 2013

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