My review of 2017 and plans for world domination in 2018!
OK, OK, so world domination may be a slight reach but...
When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
I moved into my first studio on 1st February last year and the business really started to gather pace as word began to filter out that I was on Sea Road in Fulwell.
I was recruited onto the Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator Program in Gateshead. If anyone ever has the opportunity to get involved with them then I recommend you take the opportunity and run with it! The access to other entrepreneurs, facilities and resources are priceless.
Along with the many Children and Family Photography Sessions, 2017 Newborn Babies and Nursery Children I photographed. I also turned my hand to Property Photography, Event Photography, Dog Photography and Gym/Dance Portraits. Plenty of variety there!
My highlight of 2017 has to be taking first hand training over two days with world class, rock star Photographer Ana Brandt who inspired me to extend my services... more of that later :)
After the enormous success of 2017 I'm moving to a brand new river side studio under the back drop of the new Northern Spire Bridge. It has ground floor, direct access into the studio making access easier for wheelchairs and prams AND free parking right at the door!!!
I'm working on a swanky new website to better reflect the service clients can expect from the new location and introducing a full service with a range of high quality wall art, photobooks and print options. There'll be the opportunity for a pre-session consultation either in person or by telephone. I'll be replacing the online gallery with slideshows presented on a projector to best represent the impact these images have on a huge scale. Viewing images on your mobile phone definitely doesn't do justice to the gallery and those who consider themselves as not technically minded will appreciate the simplicity of the viewing and ordering process.
There'll be more investment into training of course because there's always room for improvement!
You can expect to see Maternity sessions becoming more prominent (thanks to Ana Brandt), and I'll be investing in maternity gowns to flatter and highlight the beautiful baby bump. Special packages with freebies for those wanting to capture the amazing growth from pregnancy through to one year old.
There is lots more planned that I can't release just yet but one thing is for sure, there is plenty to keep me busy... with your support. I owe a debt of gratitude to all of you - clients of course; those who have visited my website, mentioned my business to your friends, family and colleagues; liked a comment or shared with your Facebook friends; or have kind words of support. Which brings me nicely to my clever auto tracking referral scheme that will be released this year where you can earn yourself a session entirely for FREE!
Thank you so much and I hope 2018 is all you hope and dream it to be!