There's slim (to none) chance that I'm going to win the lottery
Well - because I don't play
But I can still dream
And if I did become a millionaire - I would gift so many of my lovelies
But truth is (shhhh - don't tell everyone)
I'm not rich.
I'm not a millionaire.
I - like everyone else - have bills to pay
I have a mortgage - and power bills - and insurance - and I guess I need to eat too - blah blah blah
But guess what?!
I have business bills too!
The usual stuff like...
Cameras and Equipment
Licences and Insurance
Portfolio Prints and Albums.
Abigail - my amazing assistant who helps me provide a service that you all deserve.
And it's a never ending path of learning.
I want to learn from the best - to be the best - for you!
That costs money.
And there's a few hidden gems too...
Website fees - and online gallery fees - and those pretty little USB sticks you all get - and a number of other fees.
And it's not just my business.
Almost every business have these significant overheads to think about.
So unfortunately - the money you hand over to me for your wedding or your boudoir session - doesn't actually stay in my pocket.
And even though I do this for the love and passion for photography - I do have to get real for a moment.
In order to stay in business
To continue doing what I love.
To continue to provide you with the best service I can possibly provide.
My prices have to increase.
These last few weeks have taught me a heck of a lot.
Not only about my own business - but how much we all (including myself) take services and products for granted.
What actually goes into the things we purchase?
How much time (blood/sweat/tears) goes into those things?
Even when I paid 4x more for a Photographer than what I was charging - because I valued his services.
Even then - it didn't occur to me that my prices were too low.
You all know how much I put into each boudoir session - each wedding - each image.
It's not just a case of me turning up to shoot for an hour or two.
I put a lot of thought - and planning and prepping into each shoot - before the shoot even takes place.
I put a lot of time into going through your images - and editing every one - because I believe that you should have the right to ALL your pictures.
I like to personally hand deliver those images.
But like I said - I've learnt a lot from this business course.
And honestly - I've been rather blind until then - but I have totally been undervaluing my own images.
When all is said and done - I've been selling my digital files for less than $2 each - and I've been working for minimum wage!!
As much as I love my job - and will always hold this passion for what I do - I have to be real - and tell you...
I cannot work for minimum wage!
And I have come too far with Pretty as a Picture Photography to do anything other than move forward like this.
I walked into this business as a Photographer - but after five years of 'playing' and learning - I have realised that it takes more than that.
Photography comes second.
The most important part of running a business - is knowing business.
And with the continued love and support from my lovelies - I know we can all make this step together.