2017 is Fast Approaching

  Photo credit to FourFourteen Photography- Jessica Alsip

 Photo credit to FourFourteen Photography- Jessica Alsip

Hey ya’ll! If you’ve been following along for a while you’ll know that I like to give a business update every so often so my awesome clients, friends and family can keep up with this crazy business we call BC Photography so let's talk about some new business goals. 

From May 2016- now was a lot, A LOT, of trial and error for me. It was my first time to be a full-time photographer, my first time being my own full-time boss, my first time in my life that I haven’t been in school. 

Through this season I learned more than I probably realize. I am so thankful for the challenges, triumphs and victories. I am so thankful for every person who has encouraged and loved me, and for every person who has cheered me on. 

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that it’s hard being a young entrepreneur. You’re probably thinking ‘duh, BC. Of course it’s hard.” I knew it would be, that’s life. What I didn’t realize was that I would have to decide what I am truly passionate about and what avenue I want to send my business down. 

The other biggest lesson [because there can be more than one, right?] was that work-life balance is literally the hardest battle. I thought I had it all figured out with keeping business hours 8-5 but when all of my sessions are nights and weekends those business hours get thrown right out the truck window. 

So all of that leads me to tell ya’ll my 2017 goals. I’m letting ya’ll know for two reason; I want to be held accountable and I want ya’ll be aware of the happenings here! 

The first being this- I plan to take off two weekends every month and every Monday, even in the busy season. I want to stay sane for everyone’s sake and I certainly don’t want to become burnt out on one of my most favorite things. I need those days where I can unplug, spend time with the people I love, doing things I love that don’t involve work. I’m sure you understand, right? 

The second being this- There will be a minimal price increase on all wedding and portrait sessions. That exact number hasn’t been decided but don’t fret! One of my business values has always been to remain reasonably priced while providing a high quality product. I will remain as reasonable as possible but I also need to be providing for myself and my time and equipment involved! I bet you know the feeling! 

As I go into 2017 I plan to focus more on the western and agricultural industry. I want to go back to my roots, my college education and my other passion to create stories and capture history in the local farming and ranching industry. I don’t want to give all of the secrets out but I have some big, exciting things planned for ya’ll! I CAN NOT wait for the project I have in mind. I’ve been loosing sleep over it, if we’re being honest. 

I would LOVE to host another art show sometime in 2017. As my first is rapidly approaching, we’re just two weeks away, I have realized this is an avenue of business that I really enjoy. I have loved planning this event and tailoring it to my consumer’s needs. I would be super happy if I could attend some trade shows and events as a vendor to sell art, as well!  

I just recently had my pictures taken for the first time in a year. It was such an eye opener. I definitely sympathized with my clients. I was totally freaking out the week of trying to get myself and my animals ready. About half way through the session I could feel my fake smile creeping in. Not cool. I felt so awkward being on that side of the camera. 

That experience helped me to realized that I need to be more open, educational and informative for you guys to become comfortable in front of my camera. I want to be more thoughtful and tactful about the shots I take and the images I create. I want you to LOVE your pictures and I want you to be completely comfortable in front of my camera. 

The last, but to some may be the most important, news for 2017 is I am only taking a few more weddings. I already have several on the books- HOW EXCITING!! but in order to make the two weekends off a month goal happen I can’t take many more weddings. Remember ya’ll, this is for my sanity and my closest friends and family will attest to that. 

In 2016 one of my goals was to be more open and transparent so I hope this blog was both of those things! Here’s to wrapping up a busy, blessed 2016 as we begin to prepare for 2017. 

Love you all so much!! - BC  

Merrissa