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When it is ok to say NO.

Ever worry that maybe you will never become the niche you always dreamed of? That you would always have to take on every client that calls simply because fear eats away at your financial mindset after starring at that “piggy bank”? After recently speaking at a convention on niche photography, I decided it was time to take my own advice towards a potential client who did not value not only me as an artist, but as a person as well. photo-1459257831348-f0cdd359235fPIN

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  • June 22, 2016 - 10:49 AM

    Customer Service - Jennifer,

    Great post. I really liked how you wrote that as business owners, we don’t have to take on each and every client out of fear. Whether it’s fear of not making enough revenue for the month or fear of a customer complaint, sometimes saying no is better. Occasionally, business owners and potential customers just don’t mesh. It’s just hard to accept that.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Hope to connect soon.


Each and every one of us as photographers are trained to coach and instruct our clients on how to look and move in front of the lens. We notice the small details, a head tilt here or a shift of weight there, all while telling our clients, “Trust me. It will look amazing!” We twist them into unnatural and at times uncomfortable positions. They listen and at the same time, they curse us out, then move their body into the pose for us to get the shot. All the while, they’re probably reciting the phrase uttered by all clients.

“You have no idea how this feels!” View full post »

  • May 25, 2016 - 4:23 PM

    Leslie - Awesome. It’s such an experience to be in front of the camera. We are comfortable behind them. I think for a man, it’s even more unusual to do this. I’m sure you’re a better (certainly more empathetic) photographer because of it.

    Great pics by the way!ReplyCancel

    • May 26, 2016 - 10:18 PM

      Shawn Black - Thanks Leslie, it was definitely an experience I knew I had to go through to gain a better understanding of my clients fears and to speak to them authentically. I can definitely say it has changed my process leading up to and during my client’s sessions. Aside from that it was a blast once I got over the initial nerves. So glad you like the pics!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2016 - 1:46 AM

    Cate Scaglione - Shawn,

    Love the post. You did a great job and boy did we laugh together during this session!!! So fun.ReplyCancel

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If you don’t have kids, you may not be familiar with The Monster at the End of This Book, which stars Grover. Through the whole book, he’s scared that there is a monster at the end of it, and he builds all sorts of walls and devices to protect himself by keeping you, the reader, from turning the pages. At the end, he finds out that the only monster at the end of the book is HIM, silly, squishy Grover monster.

I love this book as an allegory for being human, and I think it’s especially fitting for us business owners. Owning a business can require looking at the monsters we’re afraid of, and usually they boil down to just being silly old us. View full post »

  • January 10, 2016 - 1:31 PM

    Jen Swedhin - This is a fantastic article!

    Marketing is my monster, too. And money. They are scary!ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2016 - 4:39 PM

    Petra Herrmann - I applaud your honesty! My 2014 was similar to your 2015 but I’ve been self-employed for so long that I’ve become very accustomed to the ebbs and flows of income. Like you I’ve raised prices and have gotten very good at sales – isn’t this the goal? Work less, earn more? I’d say mission accomplished and keep on keepin on.ReplyCancel