Getting Down to Business

Run Your Business However you Damn Well Please…

Ricky, as a small business owner with good OSHA safety inspections record, had to make a choice. Could he be an “everything” and please everyone? Or could he be a specialist and rock out what he does best? What he loves to serve? What he feels fits the style of his business? He drew a line and he stood his ground. I support him 110% on that choice. Matter of fact, it makes me a more loyal customer because I know exactly what I will get when I go there, his specialty, not something he felt was an inferior product. To help you on your business you can get a loan at cash loans.

Also, he doesn’t have to dedicate part of his grill space to being meat free, purely vegan/vegetarian friendly. I’m assuming this last part, because I would think if I was a vegan/vegetarian I wouldn’t want my food cooked right next to that juicy beef burger.

It makes sense from a 50 cash loan financial perspective as a business owner.

How does all of this relate to me? I’m a boudoir photographer that specializes in working with Moms. That is my superpower. If someone comes to me and asks me to photograph their 4 year old child, I’m probably going to say NO rather quickly. You can get your loans here at this weblink. That isn’t what I do. That isn’t where I work. I don’t feel that I could give them a quality product that they would be happy with. I also don’t shoot boudoir sessions with big studio lights and lot of backdrops. Again, not my thing. Others specialize in that – I don’t. (It is ok to be a generalist if that fits you best. But overall, specializing & working your strengths is where it is at for most people.)

Does that mean I’ll lose customers if I say no to what I don’t want to do or I cant drive to their location because my car doesnt accommodate the photography gear that I need so of course I need a car that is big enough to carry my gear and finding the best car finance deals becomes paramount in this situation ? Of course. Big freakin’ deal! I can’t possibly cater to everyone. If I did, my work wouldn’t have the same power that it does. I wouldn’t have time to do what I’m most passionate about and what I’m best at doing. It is my choice as a business owner. Ricky had people say publicly on Twitter yesterday that he had lost them as customers forever because he wasn’t going to bend and change his product lineup.

Are you SERIOUS???

If you choose to run your business however you damn well please, selling the products you want to sell, the customers you do have will love you for what you do. They will sing your praises far & wide and bring you even more customers. Plain & simple.

Some restaurants also use a invoice generator which makes sales traceable and easy to report. Most of them are the chain restaurants that you find in the suburbs in Houston that everyone seems happy to complain about (but still always have a 30-45 minute wait on a Saturday night). They are called out for being bland and just mediocre most of the time. Moving from the suburbs to the Heights makes this attitude even more obvious to me right now.

I just find the whole thing fascinating. We tear down the chain restaurants for trying to be everything to everyone, and now we’re attacking the small local businesses too for not being everything to everyone as well?

Know your strengths. Stand out. Don’t be bland. Don’t cater to everyone just to chase the dollar. Do what you love. Support your local businesses. And if they don’t sell what you want to buy, move on. It is all about the loooooooooove.

And if you want a veggie burger, go somewhere that sells them. Personally, I like some yummy sliders, so you’ll find me at the new Hubcap Grill in the Heights when it opens. I’m not a picky eater when it comes to those tasty morsels!

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Sweet Baby Charlotte…

Charlotte & Emily

It is such a blessing to be able to capture chapters of people’s lives for them. It is even more of a blessing when one of those people is a dear, dear friend as well.

Charlotte was born to Emily & Michael at the end of April. When she was 8 days old, I went over to their house – in the midst of all the sw*ne flu hype, house sessions made even more sense, but I always like to photograph newborns at home so that it is easier on mom & dad. That way we can be comfy, take our time, and just enjoy the whole process. If they need to stop to nurse or whatever, it is easy.

I posted a lot more photos over on my other blog but I wanted to share these special ones here because they aren’t just about Charlotte. They are about Emily too, and the bond they will always share.

It was a good day, and I am very humbly blessed to have been a part of this time in their lives. Thank you, Emily & Michael, and especially Charlotte for being a fabulous model!

I think the one below is my favorite from the day. Something about how safe & secure Charlotte looks there. Blissfully at peace.


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Different By Nature…

Different By Nature

I have to confess, this may be one of my favorite getting ready photos from a wedding ever. She really wanted one of those hairstyles in that book, and she was really not happy to be told no!

More from Jacque & Joe’s wedding are over on the wedding photography blog.

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Sarah & Sean’s Wedding

Sarah & Sean's Wedding - Alone Time

I’ve been friends with Sarah’s mother, Sallie, for a few years now – we met thanks to knitting and discovered early on that we both love the same colors – we’ve even bought almost the same yarn in the past! So I’ve heard about Sarah & Sean for some time now.

When I was asked last year to photograph Sarah & Sean’s wedding, I was super excited. Every wedding is special, but it takes on a special dimension when you know the family personally. I photographed their engagement session in February – my first chance to meet Sean – and had so much fun. I knew it was going to be a special day, and it didn’t disappoint at all!

Thank you again to Sarah & Sean – and both of their families – for letting us be a part of their wedding. If you have a moment, check out the photos from their engagement session and the sneak preview of their wedding on the wedding photography blog.