“My first training session was intimidating. I didn’t want to be “that girl” who was not in prime shape, but I knew I had a ways to go to be stage ready. I pushed myself so hard on my first legs training day, it was hard to walk the rest of the week! I still train by separating my muscle groups into different days, and I tailor my cardio sessions to fit in with my day rather than forming my day around my cardio sessions. I have a lot of flexibility in my workouts now, and I really try to listen to my body.”
I went into this business without a "backup plan", or "escape route". I am an "all or nothing" kinda person when it comes to achieving my goals. I don't let bad people, or situations stop me for continuing my goals. You've got to put the work in to be great.Read More
When you first start off in photography, you're busy trying to "learn and earn" your place in the world. You're trying to learn all you can about how to make your creativity excel, yet push yourself into a business that you have no clue on how to run. People will help, take advantage of, praise, and criticize you.Read More
Now you've probably looking around on my website for my rates, or expect this blog to have my rates listed in them, but it doesn't. As a matter of fact, it never will. Yep...it never will because I personally like to get to know my clients, and the people that are inquiring. Before I send someone my rates, I like to know what their needs are and assist them in knowing that I do provide payment plans. They are investing in their brand and their portfolios, so why would I just give them some half-hearted work?!?Read More
I was sitting in my office wondering what to write for a blog this time since I haven't blogged much in 2018 yet. My friend and fellow photographer Amber Garibay told me to write about this subject and I believe that it's a very good topic to discuss There's so many ways I want to attack this subject, however I'll just jump into it with a couple of examples that I've experienced personally. Sooooooooooo.....here we go!
First let's ask the question, what is money? Definition: "Money".
First scenario: Since beginning this photography journey I've had to push networking my business with lots of people and other businesses and I noticed one major thing; they used my photos to help push their brand and marketing. Most of them still do regardless of the relationship. Their brand is important to them and they found true value in using quality images to represent who they are and what they're doing. Admittedly, I wasn't charging what I'm truly worth, however that was then, and this is now. I had a lot of people ask me to shoot their clothing lines, gyms, and other stuff and a majority of them came at me with empty pockets, and big dreams of getting high quality work. I then quickly learned that I had to add value to my work and my time. Most of these businesses, and individuals just didn't believe in paying me what I was worth. They offered me "exposure" and "networking opportunities", however I found quickly that they were empty promises, and weren't paying my bills. It made me feel like I wasn't getting anywhere that I wanted to be.
Second Scenario: Someone once asked me if I, 'shoot for free to promote models', my response is always the same, 'No, I shoot to promote my great clients'.
That's what I'm supposed to do!
Needless to say, they still haven't contacted me about shooting. It's my "Tribe" man. Win or lose, we are in this together. I try keeping up with them and their lives and we make magic. We invest in each other.
I've learned that most people that are looking for free and discounts are the same people who will never appreciate all that you do. Most times they're complaining about everything and you end up regretting even working with them. A majority of them have unfriended, or blocked me on social media, and I'm grateful for that, because it's a business, not a charity.
I value my people as they value me as well!
Mike Conley @mikeconphoto