Posted on 03/06/2014
All too often days go by without taking the time to reflect. It is true that we must know where we have come from in order to know where we are going. The slower days of winter have allowed us as a studio to think back about 2013 and all the gifts that the year brought us. As we head into the new year and a new season, we enumerated the following gratitude list.
1. Our Mentors. We know that we don’t know everything. Our mentors in the industry this year have been Ron Nichols, pictured above, Jen Basford, and Bridget Jackson. Both Ron and Jen run leading portrait photography studios in the nation. Bridget is a certified accountant and manages the Professional Photography Association (PPA)’s studio management systems program.
Ron came in September for a week to help us get our new sales and back-up software up and running among other things. We can now show you what your images look like on your walls using photos that you take with your smartphone! His advice in many areas has been invaluable to us.
Jen’s ideas inspired us to build more “experience” into our spokesmodel program in 2013. We had so much fun, gained great friends in our models, and created so many awesome images in large part due to her advice. She has helped us to be able to stay on top of the senior market with her fresh ideas, as well as to create a fun marketing plan for 2014-2015.
Bridget helped us to make concrete goals for the studio. Her accounting and budgeting knowledge has really allowed us to contemplate the business side of Heath Photography and what kinds of sessions we want to focus on in the future.
2. You! Our relationships are the number one most important thing to us. Penny got into this business many years ago because she is a person who sees the beauty in every individual and the importance of every human encounter we’re lucky to have with one another. Our clients brighten our day! We love watching children grow up and families grow larger.
3. Our models. We have been so lucky to get to know Class of 2014 models. They truly are a wonderful bunch of young adults headed on their way to do wonderful things in this world. They are talented, articulate, and so eager to help in any way they can. Mykaila, a model from South Jefferson, even became our intern and a great one at that.
4. Each other! We’re pretty cool. Nuff said.
5. Being able to do something we love! Not everybody gets to be in a creative, people oriented environment. We’re looking so forward to all the fun sessions in the coming months. Hope to see you there!