WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
TURNING 25, FUTURE GOALS AND AN HONEST LOOK AT WHAT I'VE LEANRT IN MY TWO YEARS OF BUSINESS
The start of June this year (2019) marks my 25th birthday, which is exciting but also a tiny bit scary! I started my business when I was 23 and to now be approaching my 25th birthday, in what seems like the blink of an eye, is all very surreal! Going into my 2nd year of business, this year, has inspired me to share my goals for the year ahead, in business and personally and to talk about what I’ve learnt so far, with you all. So, until then, here’s a few ultimate goals for 2019 and the year of turning 25.
Travel – I’m sure this is on everyone’s list but I’ve got a few exciting trips and adventures scheduled in and I’m looking forward to making plans for many more. Italy, Thailand and Santorini are high on my dream list of places to visit!
Learning – Whether it’s learning a new craft, skill or language, or just generally adding to my knowledge of Photography, I want to continue to better and push myself. I’d really love to start attending pottery classes, join a salsa group and/or take up embroidery!
Continue to Grow the Business – It still feels crazy to me that, in the last few years, I have worked my way to becoming my own boss and I absolutely love being self-employed. With each day that passes I become more confident in my abilities and I’d love to keep growing, forever bettering myself, the way I work and the services I offer!
Three Things I’ve Learnt in my Two Years of Business…
I’ve learnt so much from starting my own business but one of the main things is that I’ve found that I feel excited as much as I feel panicky (especially when I first started) and the feelings come in equal measure! There’s lots of be said for the freedom and excitement that comes with being self-employed, but there’s a definite flip side to being your own boss, you may find yourself saying goodbye to financial security but these worries can be great motivators too! At times there can be a “feast or famine” situation, in that a small business, like mine, can be earning lots one month and very little the next. It’s important to plan for this and build trust to gain those regular clients that will secure you bookings and aid your businesses’ stability.
I’ve also learnt that a little bit of experience can go along way. Most Self-Employed Photographers started, like me, building up experience by working for someone else, and/or working on other projects outside of their other job/jobs and normal working hours. Doing this really helped me and my business to get our feet off the ground and I’d recommend it to every/anyone else too!
I wear many different hats (some I didn’t know I’d be wearing!), at first, it’s all about development and building a client base. Then it becomes more about accounting, marketing, sales, etc. On top of these I need to find time to maintain a website and social media platforms. Of course, there are people to help at every corner but I still need to be the one that’s responsible for some potential “serious/formal” stuff, as the face of my business, but it’s really not as scary as it sounds and I enjoy it so much!
I have and will always say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I’m so excited for my business and its future!