Today’s dose of inspiration comes to you from Kaitlin Noel at Kaitlin Noel Photography. She took a couple out to the woods for their engagement session and took some amazing props along with her, including smores! This couple is so in love and Kaitlin captured their special sweetness perfectly. Enjoy!
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If you would like to see the whole gallery, you can check it out >>here<<.
To all our US folks out there!
The E-Myth Revisited was probably one of the best business books I read last year. I made a goal last year to read one business book per month and I started with this one. Now, I feel I compare every book I’ve read since . So, here’s a little E-Myth book review for you.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber focuses on three different roles you play as a business owner and the fact that we may not be good at all of them because we’re all going to have our own strengths and weaknesses within our business. The whole idea falls behind the idea of an entrepreneur, manager and technician being three distinct parts of our personalities. We may each be better at one part than another.
The entrepreneur part of every business owner is the part of our personalities that want to “seize the day” and take the opportunity to run our own business for all the perks it has to offer. Entrepreneurs are creative minds who like to think of new ideas or plan our new ways to be successful. The manager is the person who runs the business side of things behind the scenes, can delegate tasks and keep us organized. The “Technician,” as the author calls the last part of a business owner personality is the part of your personality that likes doing the task that brought you to the idea of owning your own business anyway. So the Technician in all of us would be the part of us that actually likes to take the photographs.
We each have different amounts of these three different roles in our personalities and the E-Myth talks about the strengths and weaknesses of each and how we can better balance all of these things to run our businesses more successfully.
The author also talks a lot about the growth of a business, from start to finish, and what it takes to be successful. There are some great real facts about how many businesses actually make it into success and last for a lifetime and what those businesses did to get there. The bottom line is he helps you, the business owner figure out how to operate a business and balance your life, while your business still fulfills you emotionally and financially without letting your business control your life.
I’m no reader of business books and these types of books normally because I find them difficult to keep my attention, but this one was a breeze to read through and I learned a lot. It helped give me a good view of everything as if I was running my business from a “birds-eye” view instead of running it from one perspective and not viewing it as a whole.
I highly recommend reading this book if you are a business owner of any type, and especially a photographer. As photographers we build our businesses on the ideas and facts that we like to be artists and usually our businesses fail because we find we aren’t good at the managing behind the scenes and being a business owner in general.
Looking forward to telling you guys more about all the business books I read. Remember, the more you read and take opportunities to educate yourself the more possibilities you are creating for your business by keeping your mind open to new ideas.
Here is what’s happening this week at Photography Awesomesauce!
Revamp for 2014 – This workshop is all about revamping your business for the new year, setting goals and making changes with the support of a group and a mentor. Each week we will have an online weekly session, which is recorded in case you cannot attend. Sessions start on December 2nd which is next week Monday!
Manual Mode – Learn how to shoot in manual mode on your camera so you can fully control the art you create! This class is next week on Monday so be sure to register now.
Get Legit! – Every business owner needs to be legit and if you’re not, this class is for you! There are four more dates to choose from so it will fit into your schedule. Make this the year that you get legit! Individualized research for each attendee is included in the class fee. Once you’re registered, send an email to Carrie so she can start your research that is included in the fee.
Awesomesauce Winter Photo Challenge 2013-2014 is underway and going strong! Are you participating? Check out this week’s challenge >>here<<. The challenge started November 1st and runs through March 28.
Mentoring Sessions for November are all full but there are a few left in December and January is right around the corner! Make sure to register in order to get personalized, in-depth help with your photography business. Remember, that mentoring sessions are personal, one-on-one time with Carrie. She focuses on you and your needs so make sure to sign up and get the boost you need to grow your business.
Previously Recorded Classes are no longer available to purchase. If you have purchased one in the past and didn’t make time to watch it yet (or you want to watch it again), you have until December 31 to watch before they all go away.