On our last post, someone left a great question: “what exactly are you doing — didn’t you already have a photography business?” And today I am here to answer that question.
Going back to one of our first posts, I wouldn’t say that we had a photography business last year. I would use the word ‘business’ loosely — like I use the word gourmet for frozen dinners. We had equipment, a website, a photographer and a few clients but there was no plan. No plan of business, no plan of organization, no plans of growth. And a business without a plan is a dinner that’s been pre-made and frozen: it might still go with wine but it’s no gourmet meal. We had created a side job, not a small business.
In our efforts to take that side job and turn it into a legitimate business over the last three months, we’ve figured many things out and have shared some of our newly found wisdom here with you. On the other hand, we’ve figured out that sometimes things take a bit longer than once thought,Â a discovery I assume that we will continue to find as business owners. But it’s okay because we have a plan.
As you all have been so kind to meet with us each week, I thought I’d give you a week 16 update. We’ve been working with a talented graphic designer to help us figure out our branding and logo for our new site. We’ve also been working with existing clients, taking on new clients and building new relationships. In these last few weeks, we’ve started to figure out funding and budgets with only a few broken calculators as the sacrificial lambs. And we are excited to say that we are almost there. Almost ready to launch our full time business and to share with you. But we just aren’t there….yet.
One thing that I’ve learned through this journey is that bringing a dream to life really means that you are asking reality to happen. Dreams tend to be soft and glowy; reality is more like the ugly fluorescent lights you find in government buildings. However, even in unflattering light sometimes it’s been fun to see ourselves change throughout this process, to watch each other make business decisions, to take on tasks that neither one thought was possible. Now we are taking on a very real task and that would be the daunting task of waiting for the final details to come together. (Trust me, as a control freak this has been the hardest part yet.)
So with Jess’s granted permission and hopefully yours, Bryan and I are going to be taking a break from the dream report for a few weeks to wrap everything up in a nice package to share with you. We can not wait to show you what we’ve been working on lately.
So it’s a date — we’ll see you in a few weeks.