Best Way to Start a Photography Business

So you have a digital camera and you are thinking of turning your photography hobby into a successful business. But where do you start? From a logo, to a website, blogsite, domain name, email account, business card, camera equipment, lighting equipment, accounting software — you are feeling a little overwhelmed. The question is, what should you do first?Identify the one action that will make the biggest impactWhen starting any new business, you will have many things to do. The hardest part is knowing what to do first. Although, several things may be important, think to yourself, “what is the one thing that will make the biggest impact in launching my business?” For example, hiring a great accountant is important, but without any clients or income, this step will have very little impact in launching your business.Biggest impact for photography businessesGet a website! Getting a website will have the single greatest impact on starting a photography business. Certainly, word-of-mouth and referrals will bring you business as well. But, for example, if someone refers a business to you, what is the first thing you do? You go online and check out their website! Times have changed, getting a professional looking website is not difficult or expensive. There are many beautiful template photography website companies out there. You simply upload your own photos and content. You can even change the look of the website without any graphic design skills. Best of all, many of these companies help you set up your domain name and email accounts. These companies charge anywhere from $6 – $50/month on average. (Once your business is more established you may wish to hire a professional to design your website/blogsite – see branding below).What content should be on the website?Make sure to include your business name and location. So often I see photographers have forgotten to give their location! Don’t have a studio or a physical address? That’s okay. It is just important that you include the city and state/province that you work in. This is important for Google. You want your website to show up when someone searches for photography services in your city! For example, a potential client may type “Windsor Wedding Photographer” into a Google search. You want to make sure that you have mentioned on your website that you are a Wedding Photographer in Windsor!Also, be sure to give your contact information – email and telephone number. It is ideal to have this on your “contact” page, and at the bottom of every page on your website. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to contact you!Finally, write a little bit about yourself and what type of photography you do. People can’t hire you if they don’t know what you do!What images should I put on my website?Many new photographers worry that they don’t have enough photos for a portfolio page. Don’t worry! Less is often more. If you are starting a wedding photography business, put up some wedding related photos. Don’t have very many wedding photos? Try this: go to your local florist and buy a beautiful bouquet. Then take some beautiful detail photos of it. Ask a friend if you can take some detail photos of her engagement ring and wedding band. Slowly, as you get more clients your portfolio will grow and you can add more photos. If you are starting a kids portrait photography business and you don’t have a lot of photos of children – ask a friend if you can photograph her toddler for the website.I am by no means suggesting that you lie to clients about your level of experience. These are just some ideas on how to get supporting images for your website. Also, getting out there and taking more photographs is a great exercise in photography!Unsure of your company’s identity? What about branding?You always hear about people who haven’t started their photography businesses yet because everything behind the scenes, (branding, logo, studio, etc), isn’t perfect yet. They are afraid to start until everything is perfect. Chances are they will never be perfect – and they will never start. Your style and your company’s identity will become clearer to you the more you photograph. For example, you may decide that would like to photograph newborns only to discover, from experience, that you don’t have the patience. And you later realize that you really excel in the fast pace world of wedding photography.Things to think aboutThere are many simple/plain website templates out there that you can choose from, if you are still discovering your style and brand. You can refine the your website’s style later. Look at established companies – they are always updating their website’s style! Don’t wait until everything is perfect behind the scenes to start your photography company. You might just be waiting forever! Get your website up, because it is the one action you can take that will have the biggest impact on propelling your photography business forward. Good luck!

Do You Worry About Your Dog’s Health and Dog Food Diet

With the ongoing incidents of contaminated pet food, it’s perfectly understandable for pet parents everywhere to be questioning their dog’s diet and worry about what they are actually feeding their dog. For so long, pet parents just assumed that all dog foods were the same and surely the companies making them would only have their pet’s best interest at heart. Unfortunately, we all lost our faith in most of the dog food companies with the breaking news of contaminated dog foods.If at some point you have:
Questioned the quality of your dog food
Wondered if the food you are serving is safe
Considered changing foods to a better quality foodThen you are definitely ready to evaluate your dog’s diet and make a change.To many, attempting to make a change to their food can seem like a daunting task. With so many brands and varieties to choose from and misleading food labels that can seem impossible to interpret, many people just continue to avoid the process out of frustration. However, your dog’s overall health, quality of life and the length of their lifespan are all dependent on feeding them a quality dog food diet.Many pet parents fail to realize the huge impact their dog’s diet has on their pet. The effects are wide ranging, starting with:
Levels Can Be Poor With a Bad Diet
Health Problems Like Kidney or Liver Failure and Cancer
Behavioral Problems Such as Short Attention Span
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Weight Issues
Lifespan, the Length of Their Life is Directly Affected By Their Diet
Allergy Problems like Skin Flaking, Itching and Hotspots
Overall Health and Appearance including a shiny coat and clear eyes
Quality of Life is impacted By Low Energy, Nutritional Gaps and IllnessThese are just a few of potential health risks your dog faces when eating a poor quality diet.The good news is that you can improve your dog’s health simply by learning how to choose a quality food with simple tools & information. By considering your dog’s individual needs such as body weight, breed, genetics, age and their activity level, you can narrow quickly start to narrow down the proper food choices.By using a step by step process, you can learn to easily interpret those misleading food labels and identify the hidden ingredient meanings. You’ll need to use your dog’s personal needs as discussed above to start determining the proper category of pet food. When you are considering a food for your dog, it’s important to consider your own lifestyle in that choice. If you are a busy person with very little free time, then it’s unlikely a homemade food diet would work well for you because you would lack preparation time.It’s also important to consider the quality of the food. If the food is full of fillers and ingredients that are not whole meats for example, these should immediately be crossed off of your choices. You should also consider your budget when choosing a quality food. What can you reasonably afford to pay each month?Look for fresh ingredients such as fruits and vegetables. Avoid chemicals such as preservatives and dyes. When you are searching for a dog food, be sure to choose multiple possibilities. You will want to end up with 3 to 5 quality food options to provide both a change in variety and fill in nutritional gaps between foods.Try using a dog food comparison chart and a dog food ranking comparison worksheet once you have an idea of what you are looking for in a quality food. This can help you narrow down your choices and make ingredient and nutritional comparisons.By keeping it simple, you can learn to make an informed food choice for your precious pup. By choosing to be an informed pet parent, you can improve your dog’s quality of life, overall health and lifespan. All of which will give you:
A Happy Healthy Dog
More Years To Love Your Dog
Lower Vet BillsThese are just a few of the benefits of feeding your dog a quality food. Imagine the potential changes in your dog once they are eating a quality food. So give your dog a quality food and the healthy life they truly deserve and enjoy the benefits that come with being an informed pet parent.

Beauty – Is It Physical Appearances or Self-Esteem?

Beauty is a universal concept that is hard to define, but is understood by all. In many societies, physical beauty is seen to have acceptable norms though some of these norms differ between cultures. We may have a hard time to explain when we are asked what is beautiful to us. However, if we were to point out a beautiful woman in a group, men and women do it easily and naturally. As the saying goes, when it comes to great beauty, we will know it when we see it.Not everyone admires beauty the same way though. Beauty is a subjective experience. It involves the individual’s feeling of attraction and emotional well-being. We often here the saying; “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. However, as society imposes its general expectation on women’s beauty, beauty evolves into a common expectation and a standard comparison between women.So what is a “standard” definition of beauty then? My best guess is, if we were to talk about women, it is the physical qualities that she possesses. It is the ability of the woman to give out intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the viewer’s senses. The admirer’s positive feeling of pleasure or goodness is usually derived from the woman’s body shape, clothes that she wears or how attractive her facial features are, amongst others.However, beauty can also be about the woman’s personality. It is about having compassion for and helping others, a shoulder to cry on, respecting others, respecting herself, project kindness to human and animals alike, loving others and of course, loving herself. This is described as inner beauty which comes about from having the right dose of self-confidence and a healthy self-esteem.While this is not usually the first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about beauty, inner beauty plays just as an important role in how beautiful a person appears to be. Maybe more so than outer beauty does.Inner beauty is not something that unattractive people say to our self to feel better. Inner beauty can be just as, if not more captivating as the external appearance can be.Inner beauty may be described as something that is experienced through a person’s character rather than by appearances. It is the real beauty of a person that goes far beyond just physical appearances.It is a woman’s inner belief that they are attractive that makes them more appealing to others. The glow of confidence and physical attractiveness comes from within her. Some of the most fancied personalities are not really physically attractive but their glowing confidence and self-belief makes them attractive to every member of the opposite gender.First impressions do not always depend on our physique or our facial features. We need to believe that it comes from within our self. That is where our true beauty lies. When we start a conversation, people will initially assess us; as pleasant or not-so-pleasant. As the conversation goes on, people will start to pick up the nice qualities and traits emanating from us, and people will then start to find us more and more beautiful or charming.When we love, appreciate and feel good about our self, we would feel more confident about facing and interacting with others. Outer beauty attracts glances while inner beauty makes someone stay. This is the secret to a healthy self-esteem.Naturally, we will notice a person’s physical appearance first. However, when a woman have bright eyes that flicker, a smile that warms the heart, a radiant glow that surrounds her when she walks into a room; she has obviously harnessed her inner beauty.The best part of inner beauty is the fact that unlike our outward appearance, inner beauty does not wrinkle, gray or diminish with age. It will only radiates stronger as we cultivate it.Only then will you see yourself as a truly beautiful woman.