When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.
As I am fast approaching 30 (5th July – feel free to send cards/gift/champagne), it’s about time I started putting plans into action. I started this blog because I had exhausted the list of friends and family and there was nobody left to photograph. I’ve spent the best part of 3 years learning my craft, walking around trade shows looking for the best bespoke photo albums, finding the best lab to print the photographs…I really take pride in what I do and I want other people to do the same. And then this week, I realised something. I need to actually start behaving like a photographer and believing in myself. I am annoyingly insecure about my photo taking abilities, even making the BritMums Brilliance In Blogging and Mad Blog Award finals wasn’t enough to make me think “Oh actually, maybe I am good at taking photos!”. I’m a stage school kid, I haven’t got a shy bone in my body. So why am I shy about putting a value on myself? I know how much time and effort and energy and artistry I put into my work and I know how much daily work and upkeep it takes to keep it going. I really want to invest in some newer equipment because the stuff I have is almost 5 years old now and I can’t afford to do that because I’ve been so set on being affordable that I’m not making any money. Childcare, insurance, overheads…it actually costs ME to take photos of you lovely people! I saw people recommending me on Facebook when someone asked if anyone knew a cheap photographer and I was heartbroken. I don’t want you to book me because I offered the cheapest package… I want you to want me because you like what I do and because you know I will work my arse off to give you the best images I can. I want you to love them, to walk past your photo on the wall and think “Wow, that’s us!”.
So there it is, it all starts right here. New packages (which I absolutely love and I hope you will, too), gorgeous products and new pricing that I spent a long time going over with my brutally honest friends. When your friends are telling you off and trying to force more money on you for their photos, it’s time to take action! I know that it is an investment but it’s one that I hope you will think is worthwhile. I am proud of the images I produce and I hope you will be too.
Photo of me courtesy of my good friend, Hot Nanny. Thanks, doll.