A few of my favorite things…

This time of year makes me sing that song every single time I wrap a gift. I get lots of questions about my favorite things… especially business related, so here are my top fives, business edition 🙂

1. Alien Bee strobe lights and softboxes

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They are cute, consistent and inexpensive. And they come in all sorts of cute colors.  Enough said, right? You can find them at www.paulcbuff.com

2. The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens.  It is my absolute go-to and I just love it.  Sharp subjects, creamy backgrounds, and an arm work out all in one.  I use it every session, except newborns.

You can get yours at B and H

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3. Adobe photoshop CS6.  Let’s face it… I photograph bumpy baby skin and women in their undies… photoshop is a necessity.    I use the latest, CS6.  You can buy it at adobe.com.  I wish that I could list every class I have sat through to learn the program… because it did not come naturally to me 🙂

photoshop

4. Starbucks.  Let’s face it~ owning a business is exhausting some days.  And starbucks obviously contains crack or meth or some other addicting substance because I.  Cannot.  Get. Enough.

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5. Girlfriends.  No way could anyone argue that girlfriends are *not* a business necessity.  If you are just beginning in this field, I strongly suggest you align yourself with someone whom you admire.  There is a lot to learn, and often times, they can help you avoid the “what not to do’s” plus they can tell you when you suck.  And I have taken some pictures that SUCK.  We all do.  But I have been so super blessed to have been welcomed into a fold of amazing female photographers that have told me that I sucked when I did and my work has reflected consistent growth for my years in business.  And that as all any business owner/artist can ask for.  So if you can’t purchase anything else on this list… get some photog girlfriends!

These are just my faves…There are many other things to be included… a pro camera body…L lenses (these could get their own post), a speedlight or three, pocket wizards, professional training, baby posers, hats, blankets, wraps, hair bows, buckets, baskets, corsets, jewelry, ordering software, Ipads, did I mention training?  Office furniture, custom logos, paperwork, an accountant, business licenses, DBA filings, etc etc etc etc etc.  But these five things make my work better, my job easier/more enjoyable or feed my addiction…ah-hem, Starbucks.  One of the top questions I was asked was “How much does it cost to begin in this business?” and I always answer, with a very straight face, “around $10,000.” And be prepared that you will re-invest at least that every year after into your business.  This is a very expensive line of work, but the pay offs are huge.  And I don’t mean financially~ I mean knowing that you have frozen time, captured love, shown a woman her beauty.  It’s magic!

 

I hope that answers some questions… 🙂

What are your top fives?

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