So Whats Next?
These past two weeks have been REALLY great and REALLY busy. I shot my first wedding and got A TON of feedback. I got so much good feedback from the j* group on facebook, my professors, the bride and groom, and even Rebekah Hoyt! (that made my day, ha!). The day after the wedding my brother, my parents and I went down to North Carolina to visit my nephew who I miss so much and who is visiting in a few weeks. SO EXCITED. That trip seemed never ending and it rained the entire way back! It was so ridiculous, we couldn't believe it actually rained through every state from North Carolina to New Jersey and ALL DAY. Next time I'm flying, no doubt. The day after we got back I started back at work and of course had class on Saturday. Needless to say I'm still feeling a bit tired but it was all worth it. I feel better than I ever did about weddings and I'm excited to shoot more!
As I was thinking about all that I did, I thought, "Ok, so what next?". I mean my life pretty much consists of work and school. I don't have any more weddings until next year (my cousin Marissa's) and I don't have any engagement sessions either. SO in the mean time I figured I'd set some goals on what I need to do before anybody really decides to hire me for any gigs and here they are:
1. Get a license - This counts for two things. One is my business license and two is my drivers license. That's right folks, I don't have my drivers license yet. I was that one kid who didn't care if I had my license in high school because it wasn't like I had a car to drive so what was the point. NOW I need one. Weddings are all about traveling and LUCKILY I live next to New York where no one in their right mind uses a car so if I ever had an engagement in the city I could just use the subway. None the less I WILL GET MY LICENSE IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO.
2. Buy a Camera - I'm hoping to buy myself either the D600 or D700 for Christmas this year. After all renting is great but I need to have one if I'm going to get serious about this business.
3. Practice, Practice, PRACTICE - It's hard to practice when you're not actually practicing a wedding but there's always a way to practice shooting details and portraits. This is a long shot but I'm thinking about putting a styled shoot together with a few of the local vendors. I think it would be a great help to build clientele and a great way to connect with other vendors in the industry.
4. Create a series - When I say series I mean a series of blog posts for the week so that I'm not just rambling about things that I want to talk about but things that any of the readers would like to know too! SO basically it would be a series post for every day of the week. For example, Mondays could be about my weekend, then Tuesdays could be about anything workflow related such as Lightroom or Blogstomp and so on. SO if any of you readers have questions, feel free to leave a comment!
5. Attend a workshop - I would really like to attend a Katelyn James workshop. They look like so much fun and I know I'd learn so much from just watching her work. However, they are a little out of my budget right now so that might not happen for a good while.
6. Buy a Macbook Pro - This is just because I've wanted one for so long and if I'm going to be editing I need a proper computer with the proper space to do so.
7. Get a website - I'm using Squarespace right now but I eventually want to jump on the Wordpress bandwagon. 1. Because ShowIt sites use Wordpress and 2. Squarespace is a bit limiting and runs very slow when I'm trying to upload a lot of images at one time. To upload Chris and Vanessa's wedding it took over an hour because I had to upload each picture one by one and sometimes it would get so overwhelmed it wouldn't even save the work so I'd have to do it all over again and that was NOT cool.
Those are just a few and I'm pretty sure I'll be thinking about a ton of other things to do but for now these are top priority. Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment about the series posts!