Giving Up on Photography // Thoughts on a Tuesday

I think there are times in our lives when we face struggles that make us just want to give up. In the beginning of my photography career, there had been many occasions where I felt inadequate and should give up. I think we all have those feelings of insecurity at times. We can really be hard on ourselves sometimes.

I have never been perfect, but I have worked so hard in my career. There are a few things that I have learned about struggling and feeling inadequate:

1. Often times when we feel the most insecure there's usually something big happening. I am not joking, I feel like whenever I had a really hard moment in my career, shortly after there is some awesome reward. 

2. Because of the reward, we should never give up. As we persevere through those hard times in our careers, in life or in a situation, there will be light at the end of the tunnel. I promise there is, even though sometimes we think that light at the end of the tunnel is the train.

3. There are people who are there, wanting to back you up. I have found that when I am going through hard times the ones who love me the most are there for me to encourage and help me. People around you are blessings. 

4. Insecurities will always be there. We are human and with that comes human error. I know I have things to work on. It's important to work on those things, but not let those things consume your mind. It's poisoning, so think happy thoughts! 

For those who are experiencing inadequacies, you can do it!

With Love,

Kristina

Moo Yeah, New Business Cards!

I have been needing some TLC to my business cards, so I decided to spruce that area of my business up.  I feel that in the last year I have really developed my style and have blossomed quite a bit. I wanted a simple way to convey to potential clients my style and a small glimpse of what they get when they book with me.

A Business card, if designed correctly, can really show off your brand and who you are as a photographer. So how can you show off your brand through a simple 2inch x 3inch piece of paper? Here are some ideas that I have. 

Logo, Logo, Logo!! Above is my "sub" or second logo. Not my main one, but a small recognizable logo, for occasions such as this! I would recommend a "sub" logo, but certainly it's NOT necessary. What do you do if you don't have a "sub" logo?

You make sure your main logo is large and in charge on the business card! You want your logo to be seen and recognized. The more other people see your logo, the more quickly they will come back to it and to you! Think about McDonalds, their logo is EVERYwhere! But that's another topic, for another day. Just remember, logo that card up!

How else can you represent who you are as a photographer?

Through the beautiful images you have created! YES, you create beautiful images and they need to be seen!!! Your images are who YOU are as a photographer and it's YOUR brand!

By having images on your business card, it gets the potential client excited! They see those pictures and then they can begin to picture themselves having images like that only of THEMSELVES!! It's like you are giving them a crystal ball that is showing them their future images! What! Yeah I just said that. Foretelling their photo experience.

Just make sure you keep that expectation and produce EQUALLY beautiful images!

Now the question is, how can you reach out to DIFFERENT kinds of clients? That's where the AMAZING moo.com comes in. You have the option to choose style of back side you want, with no additional charge!!!! Talk about hooked me, hook LINE and sinker! This is perfect for the photographer who doesn't just shoot one particular genre. For me, I have some business cards that have wedding images, engagements, families, maternity, etc... That way if I meet someone randomly who might be engaged, I can give them a card with a wedding image. It will specifically appeal to that individual. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?!?!

Maybe I am more excited about this than you are, but this is awesome stuff!

You may be now asking me, Kristina, how thick are the business cards what are they like!?

THEY ARE AMAZING!!! I was really worried that I would get some flimsy thing that just would be destroyed upon entering my purse. These will absolutely NOT do that. They are thick and beautiful. The images on the card look exactly like they did on my computer, an even greater plus! Their print quality is seriously amazing! The texture is kind of like canvas, which is a totally a  plus! These are seriously amazing and I will forever use moo.com! Love it!

A BIG BIG shout out of Kylie & Adrian for helping me out! You two are awesome and inspiring!

Moral of the story is: get business cards and make sure it represents who you are and your brand!!! Let clients look at these and think, "I HAVE to have him/her as my photographer!" And lets face it, you totally deserve it!

Have any more questions? Shoot a question to my contact me page! I will be sure to answer any questions you have, to the best of my ability!

Always Smile,

KB

What Clients will be getting

I am so excited about this new announcement for Kristina Bills Photography. Over the last few months I have really started investing more in my company and really just kicking it up a notch! I am happy to announce these totally RAD USB drives I will be giving to all those who book with me! Yup that's right, its your own Kristina Bills Photography souvenir. ;) 

 

Over the past month I have been really going back and forth between CD's, USB's, online galleries and every option you can practically thing of. I have decided to go with USB's because I believe CD's are going out. I mean for example my imac doesn't have a CD drive, it's too thin for it. Thankfully I bought an adapter. BUT I do not want my clients to feel obligated to purchase one, just for my images! Where as every computer has a USB drive.

I am excited for the opportunity to give my clients something tangible after they book with me, seriously I AM SO EXCITED!!! I just want people to book with me so I can give them these USB's.

I choose to go with a company called Flashbay. Let me tell you they were AWESOME to work with. I was very specific, but they totally had everything handled. 

What I love about these specific USB's is that they hold my brand. I have my logo on both sides, for all to see. Plus they are yellow and grey, which happen to be my company colors, win win WIN!!! I am so thrilled with these!

OH AND ONE MORE ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I also will be incorporating an online gallery for my clients to show! It will be a 30 day online gallery with the option to pay for an extended use of the gallery! AH! So excited and I JUST can't hide it.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I am so happy to help!

Smile Often!

Kristina Bills