NEW – Client Spotlights
Something new is coming to the Serendipity Albums Blog… Client Spotlights! Each month we will be highlighting some of our very own Serendipity Clients. As a result, you will have the opportunity to learn from our clients about the ups/downs they’ve had while growing their own business and, maybe, even receive some tips they’ve picked up along the way.
Senior & Portrait Photographer – Ling Harris
My namesake brand is more focused on senior portraits and families, whereas Musee Studios is focused on commercial photography and personal branding portraits.
Years in Business:
Primary Area of Photography:
Portraits – Our goal is to have every client walk away from our shoots feeling empowered and confident.
What’s the biggest factor that has helped you be successful during quarantine?
I surrounded myself with friends that spoke positively and optimistically about life and business, and I tried my best to tune out the negatives voices. 2020 has been a trying year, but I believe that God is still working through me and my businesses to make a difference in the lives of others.
My associate photographer, HMUAs, and our lab partners count on us to be successful so that their families can have food on the table. In addition, we give to five local charities that feed thousands and impact many low-income families. Thinking about them lights the fire within me to do well and to be successful.
Biggest challenges you’ve faced in business?
Becoming a mom for the first time and balancing home and work life has been very trying. I am a full-time photographer and a full-time mom. I love to put my all into everything, and I was burning at both ends for awhile. Finding the right help in both areas has been a hard adjustment, but outsourcing areas of my life has been the biggest blessing in finding better balance.
If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?
I don’t think I would do anything differently. Everything we know is built upon our previous experiences. All the trial and error made me who I am today. As an artist, what is important to me is to see an upward trajectory of the quality of work I produce. Five years from now, I hope I can be an improved version of who I am today. The journey is not fun if there is no growth.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I currently draw my inspiration from foreign music and movies. For example, I’ve been studying how to photograph groups better, and Kpop (Korean pop music) has so many great examples of how to photograph groups artistically and creatively.
What are 3 tips you would give fellow photographers?
Pick up the phone and connect. Potential clients are far more likely to invest in you if you show them you’re making the effort to hear them.
The budget for your continuing education needs to match or exceed your budget for gear. What makes you more money is your knowledge on how to run your business successfully. Newer gear does not make you a better photographer.
Word of mouth referrals are powerful. Give incentives for people to talk about you.
Share with us –
What are the exciting ideas you’ve used in your own studio post quarantine—and how are you implementing them? Let us know in the comments.
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