Goldenview Photography – Brantford, ON

June 14, 2010

Meet Karina, of Goldenview Photography.  Karina focuses on weddings and portraits with a little bit of commercial work sometimes thrown in.  She shoots Nikon with her right eye.  She shoots JPEG with aperture priority.  She loves the MCP Actions and onOne software… particularly their Magic Portrait Fixer.

www.goldenviewphotography.com

www.goldenviewphotography.wordpress.com

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?

Do you ever have that feeling where you love something so badly that you get an ache in your chest? Well that’s the way I felt about photography. I just LOVED it so much. I knew this was my calling in life. I had gone to school for Interior Design and didn’t feel this was where I was being led. I had always had a passion for photography but never thought to make it my career. Until one day that ache in my chest was so real and wouldn’t go away until I started my own business.

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?

Communication is key with your clients! Also to be myself as a photographer and not compare myself to others. I am realizing that if I am myself my creativeness will shine through and set me apart.

What makes you as a business person different from everyone else?

I am not rigid in my structure and I am very accommodating to my clients needs.

One item you can’t live without?

My camera & Music.
Your favorite bokeh image and why?

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I just LOVE the colours and how much the rings stand out among the branches they were placed on. It adds such depth to the photo.
Why did you want to be included on The Bokeh Pot?

I thought it would be a great way to put myself out there and meet other new photographers. It awesome to hear other photographers stories and share learning experiences to better help each other.
Favorite book?

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

Favorite songs to work to?

hmmm… I LOVE music. anything. but I love my country!!

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Where do you find inspiration?

I love to sit on the computer researching other photographers! It gets me totally pumped and ready to shoot. Looking through bridal magazines as well.
Aside from yourself, what do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?

My Camera and my attitude. I try to make a wedding day fun, relaxed and not worrisome for the bride and groom. I can be laid back and very accommodating so clients find that very appealing.

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Do you use a second shooter?

Sometimes. When a couple asks for 2 photographers I will. Sometimes I have an assistant (my husband) with me to help out with other things such as driving, ideas and anything else that may come up unexpectedly.

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?

Just email me! I love to help others out especially starting out in the business.

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?

I think it would have to be Jamie Delaine, Skye Hardwick of Work of Heart Photography, and Jessica & David from Beach Bum Photography

Have you won any awards?

Does the Rockton Worlds Fair Count? Then yes!

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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?

Well I guess I am still in the middle of my leap. I am currently working another full time job. But I have set some goals for my future in photography. I have a number in mind of how many weddings I want in a year before I can manage to do just photography! I absolutely love photography and I am super excited for what the future holds.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?

Don’t let other people discourage you. If you love this then go for it!! I know I had so many questions about how to do things or questions about my camera and everyone I asked for help were very rude and really put a bad taste in my mouth about photography. But then I came across a group of wedding photographers and vendors in my area and then were soooo giving and helpful. So find other local people to talk to and encourage you. It makes a huge difference!!
oh and just take your camera with you everywhere and take pictures!! Practice.

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?

Just be ME! I draw in clients through word of mouth.
Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?

I am kinda on the fence about this one. I have done one paid advertisement for the year and haven’t got much out of it. So I was willing to give it another chance and tried a magazine. We will see if that works better. However, I get all my business from word of mouth and Facebook!! It honestly works the best. If you do well with a couple they will pass your name out time and time again!!

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How do you go about networking with other wedding vendors?

Through Facebook. There is a group for our area and we pass along all kinds of info to each other.

What does an overview of your typical workflow look like?

Download all pictures and burn a dvd of originals and back them up on a second hard drive
Start going through a few photos to edit for a preview
Then upload them to my blog & facebook
Email the clients to let them know they have a few photos to look at -usually about 7-10 images
Then begins editing all of the images

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How do you stay organized?

Notes!! I love my notebooks and sharpies. A little obsessed actually. But I really just write to do lists all the time!! It feels so good to cross an item off the list! Very rewarding. My husband also makes up excel spreadsheets for me.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?

Well first all going for coffee to Starbucks!! Hang out there for a bit talking/taking pictures. No time constraints.
Then continuing to a photo shoot together with some models to take photos of! Maybe somewhere downtown or in the country. Just a gorgeous sunny summer day.

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The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour – USA & Canada

February 13, 2010

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ENV Photography – Edmonton, Alberta

June 10, 2009

Meet Elizabeth van der Bij, a wedding, boudoir, and flower photographer from Canada.  Elizabeth owns ENV Photography and is usually a solo shooter, but occassionally hires a 2nd shooter.  She uses Canon, and shoots RAW with her right eye in Shutter, Aperture, or Manual modes.  She also uses a wide variety of actions.

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http://www.envphotography.com
http://edmontonweddingblog.envphotography.com
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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
While helping a friend with photoshopping the images from a wedding she’d just shot, I thought that if I was pretty good at the editing for her, and I had fun shooting, why not try it out as a business for myself?

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Networking is extremely important and I have such a hard time doing it because I am so shy, but getting to know other photographers, wedding planners and other vendors will really help grow your business!

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What makes you different from everyone else?
I’d like to think that my personality is what makes me stand out as a person and my enjoyment in using the seediness of my surroundings to create contrast in my bridal images whenever possible.


Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
I don’t know about up-and-coming, because I think she is already there, but it is Sarah Quiara of Sarah Q.

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One item you can’t live without?
My 100m 2.8 macro – the essential lens for rings shots and for flowers.


Your best bokeh image and why?

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I had a hard time choosing one, since it’s my aim to have great bokeh in all of my flower images, so I chose a ring shot, which is a little harder to get right.


Favorite book?
Impossible to pin it down to one, but I have been reading the Twilight series recently – I’m a sucker for a good vampire story!


Favorite movie?
It’s a tie between The Lost Boys and Monster Squad.

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Where do you find inspiration?
Lately, it’s been from pulp novel covers for boudoir and from European fashion magazines for bridals.


What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
I am. It’s the person creating the images and intereacting with clients that sets the tone for the whole business.

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Do you use a second shooter?
Yes, when needed.


How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
Just ask! What have you got to lose??

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Kadie Pangburn of Pangburn Photography – she is my new found photographic hero!


Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I am a member of PPA and WPPI, but no awards yet, but I suppose I need to enter something to get a crack at winning!

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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
It’s a slow process. I still work my day job, saving so I can buy better equipment and so I can afford to advertise. I’m building my portfolio and just trying to shoot as much as I can to get better and learn as much as I can.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Try to find a good balance between photographing and getting time for yourself – it’s easy for every aspect of your business to consume your life if you aren’t careful.


What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
I do mini marathon sessions, sometimes for free, sometimes just for the cost of files. It keeps me busy and provides with fresh material to work with, and I get to meet more people.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
I’ve yet to have it, but a group Trash the Dress session sure would be a lot of fun, followed by a trip to Starbucks for some Black Tea Lemonade.


Anything else you would like to share?
Though it may be a very competitive market, trash-talking your competition just to make you look better is a very bad idea. It just makes you look silly.

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Dragonfly Photography – Edmonton, AB

May 13, 2009

Meet Rebecca Lippiatt-Long owner of Dragonfly Photography in Canada.  Rebecca shoots a little bit of everything, from children to corporate to weddings, and strives to capture the energy and emotion between people.  She shoots with her left eye (because she’s nearly blind in her right eye), she uses Canon, shoots all RAW in Manual Mode, and as for actions, she only rarely uses a few lightroom presets.

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www.dragonflyphotography.ca
http://dragonflyphototographyrebecca.blogspot.com/

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
Probably in junior high.  I sweet-talked my shop teacher into letting me do photography for the whole semester. I had no interest in woodworking or lapidary.  I took what I thought were very artsy black and whites of my friends, all either looking very serious or very silly, and processed them in the darkroom.

I received a Minolta X700 for my high school graduation and did a lot of photography when I traveled, but more landscape and still life than people.  I dabbled in selling that work for a while, but did not think photography was a serious enough career to pursue.

Shortly before my second son was born, my life hit one of those defining crisis points the universe throws at you to see if you’re paying attention and all my plans for a sensible life were up-ended.  I had a year to figure out what I wanted to do with my life (we get a year’s paid maternity leave in Canada).  I knew I did not want to go back to my government job and put my children in daycare fulltime.  One day a friend, who is a great local photographer, suggested that I start shooting with him and set my house up as a studio.  A light went off in my head and I thought “that’s it!”

For the next 9 months, I started building a portfolio, making an (informal) business plan, and sought out a mentor (Chris from CU Photography), who has been amazingly supportive.)

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
To ask questions and ask for help.  There are so many resources out there, in books, on-line and in person.  My favourite part of this job is I am constantly learning – about photography, lighting, computer programs, business and marketing – the list goes on.

What makes you different from everyone else?
My ability to connect with people.  I waited tables for over 10 years and often lamented that it was a waste of time while I was doing it.  Now, I think what I learned in those years is my greatest asset.

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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
I love Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir Her work is amazing.

One item you can’t live without?
This is a hard question.  There really is nothing.  I have great faith in the universe that I will always have what I need at any given time.

Your best bokeh image and why?

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I love a lot about this image.  We were on a path beside the river valley, where the trees form a canopy.  The light shining through the leaves looks like jewels.  Caitlin’s flowers were beautiful – pink roses (my favourite) and hydrangeas.  And I love the way Scott and Caitlin are looking at each other.  The bokeh gives them an element of privacy and intimacy.

Favorite book?
Too many to list.  My most recent favourite is Resurrection by Tucker Malarkey.

Favorite movie?
Fried Green Tomatoes, The Princess Bride, Thelma and Louise.  And of course, the original Star Wars.

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Where do you find inspiration?
I stalk other photographer’s blogs, keeping an eye on what is hot, seeing how successful photographers market themselves, and what new techniques people are using.  When I watch movies now, I focus on the lighting and the framing.
What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
To me or my clients?

To me – this is the best job I have ever had (and I’ve been employed for 25 years!) I value my work, and the opportunities I have to do that work, very highly.  I love that I have a job where I get to be creative in many different ways and find it satisfying on many different levels.  I’m also extremely grateful that the odd hours of this job allow me to stay home fulltime with my boys and still make a living.

To my clients – I think the fact that I love my job and am passionate about what I do is evident to the people I meet.

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Do you use a second shooter?
One day I hope to.  I am very good at being bossy delegating.

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
I’d want to see a portfolio and know that the person I was hiring could conduct themselves professionally, but I certainly do appreciate a little sass and attitude.

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Yervant,  because who wouldn’t want to shoot with a master.  Sofie and Paul in Cypress . I love the vividness and unique perspective of their work.  And Sarah Q , who seems like she would be a load of fun.

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Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
Other than that time I accepted an Academy Award (in my head)?  No, I am a terrible joiner.  There are several organizations I would love to be a part of, but raising my boys and running my business fills my days and nights.  I keep thinking about when they start school I will have so much more time in my day, and possibly the occasional free evening.  Wow!

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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
Blind faith, and my back was against the wall.  The idea of working a really boring desk job (even if it paid well) and not seeing my kids for 9 hours a day was too terrible to contemplate!

Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Be willing to learn from others who have done what you are about to do.  Throw yourself into it whole heartedly.  Love what you do.

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Almost all of my business is word of mouth.  The first solo wedding I did, my clients found me on Craigslist.  I’ve had many clients come to me through them.  Many of my family clients come to me through my midwife.  Some are recommended by her, but funnily enough, I’ve had several clients who found out about our connection to her after the fact.  My friends are also great at talking me up.

What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
Date? Date?  Can we just call it a meeting so I don’t get freaked out?

I would love to go to a cool location with a small group of photographers and some models and have the photographers demonstrate what they do and how they do it, then go to a café and discuss how we put everything through post-production.  I learn best through stories.  I’m sure this is what many groups do (see my issues with joining above!)

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Cliff Mautner’s Lighting & Skillset Bootcamp – Philadelphia, PA & Toronto

March 3, 2009

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Dates :

Philadelphia – April 28-30, 2009 with an opening reception the evening of April 27

Toronto – May 12-14, 2009

Philadelphia – October 27-29, 2009 with an opening reception the evening of Oct 26

Registration Fee – $1700

For More Information Call 609.560.0877 or email cliff@cmphotography.com

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“I really believe that in our digital age, photographers have become so caught up with what they can do in post production, they’ve ignored the rudiments and foundation that are essential in creating images”

The goal of this workshop is for every photographer in attendance to drastically improve their skills and empower them with the confidence to go after their own style.

The workshop will feature:

-various technical aspects & an understanding of your gear

– a multitude of creative flash techniques

– lighting your subjects from noon to midnight

– live bridal shoots on location in philadelphia

– individual hands-on instruction during shoots

– techniques in capturing the essence of our clients

– one-on-one mentoring sessions

Other Topics Covered will be:

– client interaction and relationships

– sales presentation skills including a mock presentation

– building a referral base through vendor/partner relationships

– client retention

– workflow from capture to proof


Maria Lang Photography – Calgary, Alberta

February 25, 2009

Meet Maria Lang, our second Canadian to appear here on The Bokeh Pot!  Maria specializes in both weddings and portraits, shoots Canon, and uses her left eye for horizontal images, and her right eye for vertical images.

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www.marialangphotography.com

www.marialangblog.com

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I started out as a “closet photographer”. In the beginning, I would book a shoot every so often but would never
show any of my work off afterwards. I simply relied on word of mouth to keep things going. It was not until the
last class of a photography course I was in when I realized that it was time! The last class was the critique class
where you bring in all your work from the previous weeks… well, my entire class pretty much told me to hurry up
and get my work out there! So I did! and here I am now 5 months into my business and loving every aspect of it!

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
There are a few, but one thing that sticks out is to make sure that you don’t de-value you work. Custom photography
can’t be compared to mall prices so price yourself accordingly and even more so when you are just starting out.
When your name first starts getting out there, you don’t want it being associated with what a good deal you are but
rather what amazing photos you take!

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What makes you different from everyone else?
It’s definitely the amount of drive I have and how I am constantly trying to improve myself. Not just in
photography but as a person in general. Also, I dream BIG! and then work on making those dreams come true!

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Braeden Rogers from Ambient 11 Photography. What can I say, the guy knows his light and his photos are amazing!

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One item you can’t live without?
my mac and my pc ( yes, I am a dual user). my life lives out of the two! well for the most part..

Your best bokeh image and why?
This is a favorite of mine and it has bokeh… so I guess that works!

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Favorite book?
I’m more of a magazine junkie but I am currently reading the twilight series. Oh Edward…
Favorite movie?
Probably The Notebook and usually always the latest chick flick!

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Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration roots from everyday life for me and my 2 year old plays a big part in that as well. Also, testing
inspiration is inspiration in itself. Like going into a shoot with no SET plans beforehand, then seeing what you
can make out of it.

What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
I am a people person so my outgoing personality combined with my laid back approach. Does that make sense?..

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If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
Jesh de Rox is one of many that I’d love to second shoot for or watch shoot or take his workshop for that matter!

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
Well my first job is being a full time mom (which I love!). So figuring out how to manage both motherhood and a
photography business was a little difficult at first (and sometimes still is). But once that was all sorted out,
there was no stopping me! Determination got me where I am today and the late nights are something I have gotten use
to. = )

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
BELIEVE! Don’t go into it thinking “This MIGHT work” or  “I THINK I can..”. Instill confidence in yourself and let
go of any insecurities. Don’t wait for things to happen, MAKE it happen. Set goals and set yourself apart.

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
I’m sure it’s been stressed about before, but building and investing in your relationships. A lot of the time my
clients and I will catch a bite to eat after a shoot and just hang out. We become friends, sometimes really good
friends.  Not only does this mean referrals but it means returning clients as well.

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Anything else you would like to share?
Be true to yourself and true to your style. Also, be aware that not everyone will be a fan of your work. Don’t let
other people break you! Keep on doing what you do and do it with a passion.

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Jamie Delaine Photography- Vancouver, BC

January 23, 2009

We’re excited to introduce Jamie Delaine as our newest profile addition to The Bokeh Pot!  Jamie is a wedding photographer in Vancouver, BC Canada.  She shoots Canon equipment using her left eye (but only because her vision in her right eye is terrible)!

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www.jamiedelaine.com
www.jamiedelaineblog.com

Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I knew when I booked my first wedding in November 2007 (for a May 2008 wedding) that this was what I was going to do full-time. I had no doubts about going full-steam ahead! Thankfully I was blessed and photographed 11 weddings my first year. It was sort of a process of realizing that this thing IS going to work out! 🙂

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Never underestimate the power of showing your personality; we are all SO unique and clients desire to know that we are real people! They love to know what we love, what we hate, what makes us tick; professional is boring. 😉

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What makes you different from everyone else?
My passion for life, for Jesus and for people.

Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
Laura Dart (http://www.dartphotographie.net/) I met this girl in Chicago this summer and she has no freakin’ idea how amazing she is.

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One item you can’t live without?
My car! I can’t imagine having to take public transit everywhere in the suburbs.

Your best bokeh image and why?
Hmm… I don’t usually get a lot of bokeh in my images–usually I shoot at such a wide angle! & Sun flare is sorta more my thing. 😉 [twenty minutes later] Seriously. I can’t even find one! Is that a bad thing!? Hah! Sorry. 😉

* edit * This is the closest I get…

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Favorite book?
The Bible, above all. Next, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis–the man is brilliant.

Favorite movie?
So hard to pick! I will never get tired of “The Notebook” though.

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Where do you find inspiration?
SO much just in God’s creation! I am constantly inspired by the contrast all around us. I also love watching Fashion TV and reading interior design magazines; I don’t know if this directly applies to photography, but it inspires my artist side. I also just love watching how couples naturally interact–I’m a big people watcher.

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What do you think is the most valuable aspect of your business?
Without a doubt, it’s ME. I know this sounds redundant, but “you” are the most valuable part of your business and “I” am the most valuable part of my business. How you project who you are, your brand, your style!

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to second-shoot with Jasmine Star.

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What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I made the decision in November 2008 to quit university and go full time. You can read about that here: http://jamiedelaine.com/blog/index.php/post/234 —  it was a huge step for me and really exciting!

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
I think a good way to determine when to make the “full-time jump” is to set a specific business goal to meet. I remember Liana Lehman telling me that she made it a goal to book “X” amount of weddings before she quit her full-time job. Whenever you make your business goal, you just need to step out in faith and jump!

What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
Really just focusing on treating the clients you DO receive really well! A quick thank-you note or a gift card can do wonders; word-of-mouth is the number one marketing tool. I also have a newsletter that I just recently started which is great for keeping on contact with your clients and friends.

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Anything else you would like to share?
READ. Best piece of advice I can give. 🙂 Read blogs, business books, photography collections, Starbucks cups…

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