The state of my photography business reflects the state of Me {Personal Post from an Asheville Photographer}

I was reminded this weekend about how the state of my photography business reflects the state of me. It is funny how that sometimes slaps you in the face isn’t it? Well, for me it does. I don’t really know why it surprises me sometimes. Haha. The way I have found it to work is that when I am excited and happy and creating, my business is in the same phase and when I am frenzied, feeling depleted and all over the proverbial map…yep, you guessed it, so is my business. I hate to admit it, but the latter has been the case for a few weeks.

This morning I took a few minutes to remind myself to center and focus on the wonderful opportunities that are right in front of me. I am taking on a super fun shooting project to let my soul breathe a bit (more on that below), I am sketching out a new painting for a very dear friend and I haven’t painted in years! I am looking for a new studio space to house 828, and have a few great prospect meetings coming up, shooting again for my very first photography clients this Friday, designing albums like crazy (they really are our number one seller) and by the first week in May they will all be in-house and ready for delivery to some very patient and happy clients!

So, what happened? If I’ve been so blessed with work why have I felt so out of sorts? Because I have been dividing my time and energy between my two businesses and they are both in critical stages of growth. My dear friend Tiziana put it so perfectly in a conversation we were having a few weeks ago. She just looked at me and said “Honey, giving birth is HARD!.” I laughed at the time, but it is so true.

828 is at this beautiful and exciting phase wherein I have built a reputation for the company where I place a high priority not only in the final product, but also in service for my clients. However I am moving from the phase of “part-time on a wing and a prayer” to that of full-time photographer and alongside that comes the need for tweaking in my work flow. To put it mildly, there are some adjustments I am having to make, details to address logistically and a plan to implement. This morning I realized that I have been so frenzied because I have been winging the plan instead of carefully thinking everything through and mapping it out…the crazy part, I LOVE planning! No really! Timelines, checklists, the whole shebang…I’ve just been so distracted with everything going on in business number two and making sure that work flow there is prioritized I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants with my passion business, Studio 828 Photography.

That being said, my personal goal this week is to focus on that growth. To make myself a priority so that I may care for my proverbial children, my businesses. Those children are both at exciting crossroads and I need to honor that for each of them. Where’s that notebook? I need to start mapping out that plan!

XoXo,

Cat

Personal Shooting Project:

MODEL CALL: Looking for a few models for a sisters style shoot. I need models of all shapes and sizes, REAL women. Not that I don’t love models, we create beautiful imagery together but for this project, I need women that embrace and reflect the reality of womanhood. I’m looking for curvy, thin, athletic, shy, pretty, awkward, long hair, short hair, short, tall. Let’s run the gamut ladies! I shoot for everyday women and this project needs to showcase that beauty!

This shoot is scheduled tentatively for June 14th or 28th. If you are interested, please email Cat@Studio-828.com with a brief introduction and a recent pic. Phone pics are totally ok, I just need to be able to see your lovely face and body type. ALL applications will be considered. In return I will provide two digital images and a printing release to each model for their time.

 

Girl’s Day Giveaway Winners {Asheville Beauty and Boudoir Photography}

In January of this year Studio 828 Photography ran a Facebook contest for one lucky winner and 7 of her closest friends to win makeovers and mini photo sessions for one afternoon. Well, at the end of March we had the pleasure of hosting that great experience with The Secret Spa here in Asheville and I could not be happier with the results! Not only did I get to meet inspiring women, but I got to photograph them as well and now that I have had a chance to share their imagery with each of them individually I can now share it with you here on the blog.

From my personal perspective, it is sometimes funny to me how meeting with my clients for their photoshoots affects me personally. I come in prepared and expecting to have fun, sure! Who wouldn’t? But I am sometimes taken aback at how my clients are as people, as women. These 8 women were no exception. Each of them inspires me in some way, to make better choices in my own life and to appreciate more of what life has to offer. Thanks for the reminder ladies! Thank you for the inspiration. Wishing you all the best!

Thinking of booking a beauty or boudoir photography session here in Asheville? Email Cat@Studio-828.com or call 828-275-9932 today.

 

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Mothers Day 2014 {Asheville Portrait Photography}

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Every woman – that’s every mom, wife, daughter, grandmother, sister – should look at herself in a different way at least once in her life. You’d be surprised what you see with new eyes. – Erika Franzi

 

What to do for Mom for Mother’s Day? How about a beautiful portrait session WITH her? We provide the professional hair and makeup, a fun photoshoot and you have a wonderful afternoon with Mom and beautiful portraits you will cherish for a lifetime.

Gift Certificates are available

Contact Studio 828 Photography to inquire about our Mother’s Day Promotion

Beauty and Boudoir Photography Girl’s Day {Asheville Boudoir Photographer}

On a chilly afternoon I received a call about doing a boudoir session for two best friends, Staci and Brittney on a fun trip they had planned here in Asheville. Let me just say, I LOVE shooting girl’s days. It is always super fun and I’m tasked with capturing great portraits of not only their relationship but also of each of them individually. The transformations are usually full of laughter and OMG moments as well as gratitude. I’m given an opportunity to learn about women I otherwise would never have had a chance to meet otherwise. We’re women. We can talk about just about anything, and we usually do. Thank you Staci and Brittney, I had a fabulous day getting to know you both and I’m so glad you love your imagery as much as I do!

Thinking of a Siren Boudoir photography session in Asheville? Email Cat@Studio-828.com or call 828-275-9932 to book your Girl’s Day!


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