It seems like I just moved into a studio, right?!?! Well it was just a few months ago. I signed a five-month lease and I am over half-way through. Moving out of my basement studio and into a commercial space taught me a lot! The first thing it taught me……..I NEED storage space. My current studio does not have much for me. If you’ve had a session, you know I love my props! Five trips to load my car, five trips into the studio, five trips out of the studio & five trips back into my house to put everything away after ONE session is exhausting! I took a month & a half to look for a new space that would have enough room for everything & still be convenient for my clients. I am moving to downtown Hopkins! My studio will be above Blake Antiques right on Main Street. I will no longer be sharing a space with another photographer. The photographer I am currently sharing with is GREAT, but I just need more storage.
I am super excited to get my own space & to decorate! I will be in my current studio in Minnetonka until mid-March. The transition will happen in the first two weeks of the month, so if you happen to have a session around that time, it might be at my current studio, but if things come together fairly quickly, I will definitely want to start using my new space ASAP!
It is likely not going to be my forever-space because I have a dream to one-day have a storefront close to home, but it is what works for now. I looked at storefront spaces. They are WAY out of my budget, but one day I hope to have a higher volume of clients so I can afford that. My other option would be to raise my prices, but to be honest, I am happy with where they are at. I am not a $300 session fee photographer and I’m okay with it. I know plenty of photographers that charge that and more. I also know I am too expensive for some & that is okay too. We all have different budgets for different things. I desire to stay where I am at & stay busy! If you know anyone having a baby soon, send them my way! I am in the slow season now, so any referral is ALWAYS greatly appreciated (and rewarded ). I have a booth at the Siren Destination Wedding Fair on Sunday where I will have a booking special too. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, but can’t make it, don’t hesitate to email me. I can let you in on the booking special—it goes until January 31st!
In other news, your photo ordering process is going to change once my new studio is up and running. Online galleries will become a thing of the past. There are a few reasons for this. One–they really confuse some people. Some have no problems at all & some have so much trouble that I wish I could be there to hold their hand through the process (and now I will—figuratively, of course, I won’t really hold your hand). Two–I hate to even mention this, but images are being screen-shot from phones & computers. You might think “no big deal” right?!?! Well, unfortunately, this is stealing. I have been letting it slide & I care less when someone buys all of the digital images (because they are getting them anyway). But there are a few that do it & then don’t buy anything. This hurts my livelihood. This is how I pay my bills and support my family. It is no different than going to the store and taking something from the shelf without paying. Three–I want to provide you with more customer service. It is so much easier to talk about options when we are together than through 20 emails.
You get a couple options. I will cull through your images right after we finish photographing your session in the studio, then show them to you & you can order right then. I will take your images through Photoshop & do full edits before I send them to the print lab. This option will put your prints in your hand in half the time! Of course, if you want to buy all of the digital images, it will take a bit longer since I will need to edit everything. Another option will be to schedule a second appointment to come in to view and order your portraits. Online galleries will still be available for clients who are on baby milestone plans that include the digital images as well as wedding clients.
I’m excited for 2015 and all the changes that are coming my way!