Spring and Summer Children's Work

Discussion in 'The Professional Gallery' started by EJBPhoto, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. EJBPhoto

    EJBPhoto TPF Noob!

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    Wanted to come here and share some recent work :) I recently opened a second studio in Austin TX so I've been working back and forth between CT and Texas, and it's been crazy, but I'm still trying to find time to share online. People sharing online was so helpful to me at the beginning of my journey, and still is!

    I have to admit, I don't come here too often these days, but when I did today I was shocked to see the levels of hostility in this forum. It's sad to see such a handful of aspiring photographers who lack a 'learning attitude'. That is what photography has always been about- starting from scratch, constant improving, letting your tail hang between your legs at times and taking the critique, and learning from those that have walked the same path before you. It's nice to see many professionals offering advice over here, and I hope that for the same of the true learners, they are encouraged to continue to despite some negativity.

    I wanted to post some pictures on a positive note though. I always enjoyed when people posted children's portraits on here before I was a professional, as I know there's not always a ton over here, so I hope that those of you interested in children's photography find this inspirational. Please feel free to ask any questions about settings, lighting, pping, etc. I'm always happy to answer. Thanks for looking! :)

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  2. sxesweets

    sxesweets TPF Noob!

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    I love these photos. I'm new at this so no real useful comments, not that you need any. But I love these photos
     
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    mooimeisie TPF Noob!

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    Well, it's no wonder you've opened a secnd studio. Wonderful photos and thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Mijoh

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    Lovely, as per usual. I've seen most of these on your blog already, but it's nice to see you still posting here! Now that you're down south and within driving distance I'm going to have to start saving my pennies to book you.

    I love your watermelon series in particular and your red-headed newborn!

    Are you finding there are different challenges down here in Texas than you have up north? I'm super curious about the transition.
     
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    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Lovely photos, I love the bokeh too ^_^
     
  7. EJBPhoto

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    Thanks everyone!:)

    I always want to encourage people to remember that I'm only 22 now and started my business with a 50mm and very little money at age 19. It's totally possible to be successful at photography if you have the drive, the right attitude, and take the time to get the talent with a lot of practice. If there are any young people reading this, please feel free to PM me. I love cultivating a passion in photography and speaking to aspiring artists- its a lot of fun. I'm by no means where I want to be yet with my career, but I'm still afloat and right now that's important.

    I have only been in Texas for about 3 weeks, so it's hard for me to say yet! Each has their set of challenges.

    In CT, custom photography is pretty unheard of. This is a benefit because I have a pretty good grip on the market that does use custom photography (I do well in the search engines and find most clients online), but it is also hard because most people settle for official chain studios generally. You're having to constantly explain what custom photography is. MArketing is nearly impossible because of how spread out Connecticut is. I work in all of CT and parts of MA and NY simply because of how it is up here. It's very spread out. It's rich town, poor town, rich town, poor town, etc. It's an old area so there's no rhyme or rhythm to any of it. As a result I spend about 1 hour driving to and then 1 hour driving home from most of my shoots in CT. It's exhausting and hard to target areas.

    In Austin, you're surrounded by photographers. They're everywhere. It's a very artsy techy town. This is good because people are in touch with custom photography, but it's also bad because you have a lot more competition. Local businesses generally already have relationships with local photographers. At the same time, young people are a little more accepted as business owners in Austin. I'm 22, so many times in CT its hard to be taken seriously. There are many young business owners in Austin so I'm one of many. Another good thing about Austin is how close everything is. To drive to the farthest suburb area, you'd be driving about 40 minutes. That's the max ever. I also am targeting San Antonio an hour away. I think the San Antonio market will be really similar to CT, there are not many photogs there, but I haven't really explored marketing there yet.

    Overall, I think Austin will be much harder to break into, but I also think that it will be more fulfilling in the long run for a life long business.

    My new website for those interested is Austin // San Antonio CHILDREN'S, BABY, FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

    Hope that gives some insight! Still much to learn!
     
  8. BuZzZeRkEr

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    :thumbup:fantastic work!!
     
  9. Mijoh

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    Thanks for sharing Erin. Very interesting. I'm sure you'll do amazingly. I've always admired your sharp business decisions and have watched in amazement as you went from learning your skill here on TPF/ILP to running two businesses. Congratulations on all your success, you so deserve it.
     
  10. EJBPhoto

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    Thanks Ashlee :) that means a lot to me. It's been really scary starting from the ground up in Austin, very nerve racking, so that means a lot to me to hear you say that. I appreciate it.
     
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    Thanks so much Erin for the detailed info on how you are doing lately, and the helpful insight! Your work is amazingly beautiful as usual!! It's a pleasure to look at each one! :D

    I totally agree with a lot of what you are saying about clients. So many people choose to go with discount department store photos or chain studios, and do not how good custom photography is!! I must be marketing to the wrong people. Anyway, keep up the great work and congrats on the new studio! :D

    NJ
     
  12. twocolor

    twocolor No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    k, just totally bookmarked YOUR website!! STUNNING work, I'll be bouncing back there for inspiration often!
     

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