Friday, April 29, 2005

Craigslist is working

It seems that Craigslist does work. Another possible couple is interested in seeing our work.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

More progress

Woo hoo! We're meeting with a potential client on Sunday for a Spetember wedding. We're putting together a portfolio of the wedding we've done and some of my other photography, but I think we're also bringing the laptop so we can show her the slideshow of a whole CD's photography.

Monday, April 25, 2005

A Whole Lotta Nothing: Free! Pro! Flickr!

A blog I've been reading recently made the following offer which I'm hoping to win because a Pro Flickr account would make setting up a portfolio much easier:
A Whole Lotta Nothing: Free! Pro! Flickr! - Free! Pro! Flickr!

I have one extra 1-year pro account at Flickr to give away.

If you want it, write a comment stating why you want it and I'll give it to the best one. You have 24 hours. Thanks!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Progress

I've been on the search for a rectangle punch, but couldn't find one in town of the right dimensions, so it's on order and coming soon.

Woo hoo! A client contacted us by e-mail for a September wedding that sounds beautiful. Meeting with them next weekend, hopefully. Now I have to get a portfolio in order.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Business card prototype
Posted by Hello

We've settled on the style of our business card. The words themselves and positioning might change a little, but this is the basic style.

Oh, and of course there won't be a coffee stain on them from my kitty cat jumping onto my workspace. :)


Business card prototype
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Business card prototype
Posted by Hello


Business card prototype
Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Plan for today

Today is "Create a business card day." I'm looking at various sites on business card design. I'm also checking out various articles on bootstrapping a business.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Business cards

My thoughts are on business cards today. I want to have one designed within the week, but that is rather vague... I want to have a business card designed and at a level that I can post a picture of it here by Wednesday afternoon.

J and I have both been spreading the news that we are starting this business.

[Interrupted at the coffee shop, will write more later]

Friday, April 15, 2005

What to show?

As I said, J. and I have photographed a wedding, so we do have nice pictures to show from that wedding, but other than that all of my photographs have been rather arty and self-indulgent; photographs taken with the goal of learning new skills and with an eye toward hanging in a gallery someday. I have my series of photos that I took at Zingerman's Creamery, which fits more the photodocumentary/editorial style, but are they really representative of wedding photography? No. I also have the series of photographs I took for Zingerman's documenting Charlie making his signature chocolate bars (those photos are supposed to be published in the Chocolatier at some point), but again not representative of wedding photography.

"Clients"?

Clients? "Client" sounds so aseptic, so corporate double-speak. The only reason I think of the term clients is because I have a background in sales and advertising and that's how customers were referred to back then. I'm sure the corporate double-speak has evolved to calling customers something more on the order of "corporate partnerships" or something such as that. Couples is the word I like right now, but that could change.

Pass the time

J. (that's my wonderful wife) and I realize that I need something to occupy my time in these beginning stages--during the wait. So, I have a nice new planner to fill out. Both my best friend and my wife created planners from blank journals, so I've done that too. I have my list of 52 questions to go through and answer (the answers to which I imagine will become a part of this blog as well). And I need to figure out how and where to promote a wedding photography business with a minimum of cash, since Craigslist will only get us so much exposure.

I feel that networking is probably my best option right now in regard to promotion. J. and I have already photographed one wedding and got rave comments from all parties involved. That has the potential of turning into future clients. I'm a member of Slow Food Huron Valley and Michigan Norml, so making certain that our desire to start photographing weddings with any people I get to know there could prove fruitful. There's also always my work and my wife's.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Getting engaged

This commitment to starting a wedding photography business started two days before my first entry here in this blog. The discussions, emotional reactions, brainstorming and such has gone on since my wife and I got married on July 10 of last year, but settling on this idea and stating to myself and to my wife that all of the other ideas are gone and this one is part of our future happened two days ago.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

My job is to not do what I don't want to do

The title of this entry comes from Nikki Giovanni, one of my favorite poets. It comes from a poem of hers called "Choices", which starts like this:

if i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
to do

it's not the same thing
but it's the best i can
do

That's my job right now, not doing what I don't want to do. But for years now, I've wanted to start my own business. There are a myriad of reasons, many of which will probably unfold on this blog, but the chief one that comes to mind for me right now is the concept of Choices.

Choosing what I want to do, when I want to do it is the cornerstone of having my own business. That's not so limiting of a concept, because I want to do a lot of things, and I understand that once I choose to do something there may be many steps along the way which aren't as fulfilling or interesting as other steps, but have to be accomplished in order to finish. The more I think about that cornerstone and let it sink in, the more selfish it seems--and I think I'm okay with that. From sunrise to sunset, time is all I really have, and I want more control over that time than working for someone else gives me.

This blog will be the story of the process (psychologically, emotionally, intellectually, and mundanely) of my wife and I starting our own business as wedding photographers. Most of the process will be from my point of view because my wife really isn't a blog writer, but she may poke her way into the comments occasionally.