Running a Business

The new addition to my office! by Angela Fortin Washington

I know not everyone is as nerdy about new products as I am, but when I find an amazing company that provides me with a quality product, amazing customer service and for a great price... well, I get a little excited! I met the ladies from Artsy Couture when I was in Vegas at my WPPI conference, and I am so glad I ran into them, because I love their products! Specifically, their canvas wraps. Believe me when I say this- not all canvas prints are created equal! 

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From One Photog to Another by Angela Fortin Washington

I was so glad when Kaylina, another Columbus photographer, reached out to me this year wanting to connect and help each other out. I really believe in photographers working together to make the industry grow and become an amazing community that cares about each other and their craft...I know, I sound like a nerd, but it is true, everything I have learned about photography has been through other photographers. There is no need to keep secrets from each other, there is only opportunity to learn!

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My Perfect Client..Amongst Other Things by Angela Fortin Washington

So, I have been reading other photographer's blogs for a while now, and I have learned so much! I look up to a lot of those photographers and I've noticed something that, even though they are all different, they all aim to do one thing- brand themselves through their online presence, what they blog about, the photos they show, and the amount of personal information they share..all of this, so they can attract the perfect client for them. This may sound odd at first but hear me out. Why wouldn't it be most beneficial, not only for the photographer, but also the couple, to have a photographer that loves their personality and wedding and that gets what they are looking for? On the flip side, if we (photographers) just take any and every client we can and just because we can, we may be doing a disservice to that client. If you know you are not going to mesh well with each other, than it may not be a great idea to hire them or take them on. Let's face it, not getting along with your photographer usually means feeling uncomfortable, and when you are uncomfortable, let's face it, we don't look our best. But enough ramblings about why, I thought I would share my findings when it comes to me and my business and the kind of clients I seem to attract (and are ideal for me)

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Learning, Growing, Sharing... by Angela Fortin Washington

​I remember last year around this time the exact feelings I had about my business...Will I ever make it? Do I want to speacilize or do it all? Will I ever understand the business end of things...Am I ever going to be as good as the photographers I look up to? And those are just a few of my overwhelmingly critical mind at the time. So a year later and a year wiser I have learned SO SO much..it is true that you get back whatever you put in..and boy did I put in the investment both financially and energy wise. Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you I don't still doubt myself, because I think I always will in some ways, but I have gotten a perspective that, if I really want to accomplish something, it can happen...I can find a way to learn, to get better..to GROW!

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