Every picture I see of hers makes me smile.
Don’t you love that? It just makes my day when photographers are nice and helpful. I can not wait for you to meet her. Put this girl in your favorites folder immediately and mark my words: she is on her way to the top. You are having a workshop in London this summer. How exciting is that? Will the kids be with you?
I am! During 2010, I was able to start teaching workshops and online classes. I was even honored to be the featured speaker for the I Heart Faces workshop in Dallas. Through the year, I got a few requests to come to the UK, and this summer we’re planning a trip to see family there, so I’m combining the two. It’s super exciting, but to be honest, I’m more nervous than ever! Sometimes I feel a bit foolish in front of British people, but no doubt it’s going to be an awesome day of learning, portfolio building, and networking, along with goodies from some awesome sponsors. (If you want in, you can get details/register here: Savor Photography London Workshop
It has to be hard leaving your country and coming to America. What was the hardest thing for you the first year you were here?
I am actually American! I think a lot of people have the misconception that I’m British because I have a British husband and we used to live in England. But if you want, you can imagine me speaking in a British accent. It’s more exciting that way.
Do you feel like the kids see their Grandparents enough? Do you worry about that?
I worry about this all the time. Having married someone from a different continent, we’re always going to be far away from family no matter where we live. We try our best to see our families as much as possible. We’re headed to the UK this summer for the first time in three years, which is a long time in kid years. The airfare alone will cost $5000 which is why we can’t visit more often.
How did you come up with the name Savor Photography for your business?
I think I saw a magazine article about savoring something. I liked the idea of savoring moments since time is so fleeting. However, I came up with the name and registered my website less than 24 hours later, not something I recommend!
How did you decide on the logo? How important do you think branding is? I know that everyone and their brother talks about it now, but do you think it is vital for building a business?
It’s hard to say. My branding and logo is homemade, which everyone says we shouldn’t do. And I agree. I’d love to get proper branding, but I just don’t have the money to invest in it right now. Image is absolutely important for first impressions, but if your business is built on recommendations and word of mouth, it might not be as important. (Is that a sacrilegious thing to say?!)
Tell me about the business of photography. Do you love that side of it?
Oh goodness, no. I hate it. I’ve learned it along the way, but struggled. I actually wrote an article for I Heart Faces about this. (Article can be found here) Photography talent doesn’t mean businesswoman by any means!
How did you come up with the idea of un(workshop)?
When I began teaching, I decided on calling it an (un)Workshop because I didn’t feel like one of the big guys offering their fancy workshops. The workshop was inexpensive and accessible, and focused on those that were new in business or ready to move from hobbyist to pro, the opposite of a $3000 workshop for intimidating superpros. I’ve met so many wonderful people from it and I’m so happy I started teaching!
Have you had a lot of fun helping others learn photography in new ways?
It’s a very rewarding experience to see people have an “aha moment”. I remember trying to learn photography all on my own, so I teach by remembering what I wished I had known. I’ve also been very enriched by meeting the other photographers along the way! It’s a fun bonding experience to spend the day together when we all have a lot in common. I keep in touch with so many former students!
Do your children like being models?
Ummm…no! My son has never been a good model, but at least my daughter would take pictures for me if I promised dressing up. Now, she’s totally over it and I have to bribe her with M&Ms. Small price to pay!
What would you say has been easier so far, parenting a boy or parenting a girl?
My daughter has always been easier. She’s a very soft-hearted little girl that hates conflict. My son is very stubborn, much like his mama, so I struggle more with him, but likely because of our similar personalities. That being said, my daugher’s girl drama is beginning. I can only imagine teenage years!
What is the most exciting thing you have shot so far in 2011?
So far, it’s been the Naples Wine Festival Vintner Dinners. I got to go in multi-million dollar homes to take pictures of the décor. It was so lavish and likely the only way I’ll ever see the insides of those homes!
When you are feeling low on ideas, where do you turn to give you a surge of creativity?
Art, and art blogs. My friend Amy (Living Locurto) gave me this tip. A lot of artists or those in fashion are on the cutting edge of trends. If you seek your inspiration there, you can see what’s up and coming instead of just copying the old stuff floating around on photography blogs.
What are three goals you have for your photography business this year?
1. I really want to shoot a wedding in the UK this summer. (If you know of someone getting married in the UK, send them my way!) 2. Establish a relationships with local vendors.3.Attend a workshop myself!
Pricing is so hard for everyone, how did you decide upon pricing? Do you second guess yourself?
Pricing is such a headache. When we moved to Naples, I knew it was time to change my pricing because I live in a very rich area. I bought the Easy as Pie pricing guide and it made complete sense. It was scary charging so much, but so far it’s worked to my advantage!
Has anyone ever been unhappy with how their session turned out? How did you deal with that?
Luckily, no. Knock on wood! I try very hard to manage expectations before a session. We talk extensively about wardrobe and I always encourage female clients to have their hair and makeup done before a session.
Who is a photographer you especially enjoy?
Susan Stripling for weddings, Lisa Holloway for kids, and Khara Plicanic of Kabloom Studios for overall awesomeness.
Any last words of wisdom you would like to share?
Create what makes your heart happy and your creative side will be fulfilled. :)