I'm excited to learn I was selected as one of three finalists for the Greater Seattle Business Association's New Business of the Year honor for 2014. Photo awards are always great, but to be recognized by GSBA (1,000+ members strong) for contributions to the community is completely humbling. I couldn't be looking forward more to what the next year will bring, as I get transitioned into my new studio and try to reach the point where the business begins working for me, as opposed to vise-versa.
2013 has been about building up my wedding portfolio, purchasing necessary gear and about finding, affording and furnishing a studio space. To do all that, I intentionally overextended my services this past summer at "yes" rates. I accomplished my goals; however, my workflow remains too time-consuming and not nearly assertive enough, resulting in a poor life balance for awhile now. I definitely bit off more than I could chew.
What I'm most excited about, upcoming, is managing a more functional, cohesive web presence, beginning with email-accessed proofing galleries. These will come with the potential to yield mailing lists, digital and consumer print sales, artisan album orders, and written feedback. They'll also help clients feel more involved in the post-production process, which I think could be a good thing.
I did not see it all coming when I moved to Seattle a little over four years ago with really no plans of what I'd end up doing, and even when I got a camera for Christmas two-and-a-half years ago. Hard work, support, confidence, community, a little luck, and a lot of good fortune.