Changes for my business
I am shifting most of the focus of my business (marketing, website, blogging, etc) to primarily nature photography. I’ve done a lot of thinking about these business changes over the summer (and sometimes it still feels like this photo - "caution, curves ahead!), and I realized I just don’t have the ability/energy/desire right now to market to three different client markets (pets, people, and nature). It’s a lot of work, more than I initially imagined. I'm not complaining about it, and my hat is off to those who pursue multiple markets. Nature photography (and the marketing of it) better suits my personality, too. I love photographing pets and people, but it’s the business end of those genres that weren't a good fit for me to pursue on a full-time basis.
That all said, I’m not completely abandoning portrait photography. I want to do special projects involving pets or people from time to time, so there will continue to be a small presence of pet and people photography in my business. The way I do my personal projects is that the session time is no charge to you and includes a couple free small prints, with other prints or canvases available for purchase if you want them.
What do these business changes mean for you? My past clients are pretty special to me. I’ve loved working with everyone. If you are in need of some portrait photography, please touch base with me and we’ll work something out. Also be assured that your photographs are safe and backed up (in three places), they aren’t going anywhere. And if you just love my work and want to hire me as your portrait photographer, contact me and we'll chat to see if we're a good fit for each other.
I'm currently working on improving the story telling aspect of my photography. A future blog post will feature more images and some behind the scenes images, but for now, here's a sample. It's been really fun photographing images that are the opposite of what you normally see in my work.
There is also a personal project that I'm still figuring out if it's feasible or not to do. It's one of those projects that I feel like I really need to do, but there are some hurdles to it that I need to figure out first. Sorry for being so vague, but I don't want to jinx it by sharing details just yet.
I recently applied to an international art show called Arts in Harmony 2015. While the general unwritten "rule" for shows is to submit a group of images that are related, well, I didn't. Cause you never know. And they don't necessarily accept all your images, if any at all. If any are accepted, I'll be notified Dec 7th. (Geesh, the day that will live in infamy. Let's hope it's good news!) The images from left to right are: Portrait of a Tulip, Summer Orchid, and Rural Minnesota. Each name is linked to their individual page on the website.
A slight website update will be needed to better reflect the nature focus. I'll still have a couple of pages dedicated to pet and people portraiture, but they won't be so evident on the front page. Sometimes I still think in terms of paper, but you know what I mean. :)
And then a little thing called the holiday season coming up. Where did this year go? No matter how much or little you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Year's, it's a good time to relax a little from life's usual routine. My family is typically pretty low-key about holidays, which suits us just fine to relax from the normal pace of things and appreciate what we have.
But you'll be hearing from me before next year. You can count on it! The two to four time a month newsletter schedule is still in play.
~Barb Kellogg, photographer, tea drinker, and dark chocolate lover