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Business Casual: Creating My Brand

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I've realized that I haven't written a personal post in a while.  Well, I had a rude awaking about mid June that being a full time mom and full time photographer is absolutely exhausting.

Don't get me wrong, I love both of my full time jobs (one more than the other but who could blame me :) )

Well, this blog post isn't about how I don't have time to write, well, because I'm writing now.

I've had some dreams, some desires, goals some might say, for my company.  I honestly have so much passion for what I do and dream about my business 10- 20+ years from now.

My number one concentration right now is my branding.  I honestly want to trash the word "session or shoot" all together. I really want every "  " to be more like an "experience".  I was talking to my sister in law about Kleinfeld.  Most brides would LOVE to have an appointment and try on a gorgeous dress at this store.  Not only because it's now on the very popular tv show, "Say Yes to the Dress," but for the experience. There is a reason TLC picked this particular bridal bouquet for their show.

As much as we try to save money, we spend it when it counts.  Those expensive shoes I bought or my designer purses have a completely different treatment than my department store finds. Use Apple for example.  Have you ever bought one of their products?  It's like opening a gift.  I want my clients to have that experience.

So, I've started making a list of things I want to include for my clients.  Here are a few.

5 things I would like to see happen soon to create my brand into what I think it should be:

  1. Own, not necessary a studio but, a gorgeous office space that makes my clients feel at home or pampered
  2. As much as I'd love to branch off and do Seniors. I think I need to focus on weddings now and forever.  That's honestly what I want to do, so I should start now. I don't want to be a Jack of all trades but a master of none.
  3. Put together a welcome package that might include discounts from local venues, including a cute little planning book with recommendations (Reasons why I love a revealings, top 10 things for brides desiring great pictures, awesome magazines, etc)
  4. A free little gift. Steve and I have already started on this and are excited to be giving them to our 2012 couples.
  5. Thank you packages for first consultations- since I barely have time to write a post, I know how valuable time is