This blog post is a part of the ‘Behind the Scenes of My Business’ Blog Tag started by April of Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing the behind the scenes stuff of our businesses. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out this post right here.
Question 1: What’s your two to three sentence bio? (You know, what the heck do you do?)
I am the creative director & photographic artist behind Rebecca Nash Photography.
Rebecca Nash Photography is a high end, experience driven wedding photography studio focused on creating the first family heirlooms and memories to cherish for London area couples.
Question 2: What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love meeting couples, hearing their stories (how they met, what they do, their vision for their wedding, etc), and being able to help someone celebrate their wedding day!
Question 3: What’s your least favorite part of your job?
Bookkeeping! I know it's a necessary part of the job but man, inputting all the numbers drives me a little crazy.
Question 4: What are the top three tools you use the most in your work?
I'm going to go with my Nikon D3s (with lenses of course), my desktop computer, and my phone.
Question 5: What business goal would you love to reach before the end of the year?
My goal would be to create a resource of information from my experiences as both a wedding photographer and as a bride, as well as inspiration for the wedding day accessible to all brides right here.
Whether a bride books me or not, I want to do what I can to help them have the best possible experience.
Question 6: Who are three creatives that inspire you?
Three creatives...I can't pick just three. A few creatives that inspire me (and who's blogs I therefore stalk) are Sal Cincotta, Jasmine Star, Sue Bryce, Susan Stripling, and Zach & Jody Gray
Question 7: What do you listen to (if anything) while you work?
When I'm editing a portrait session, it's all about the upbeat somewhat pop like or country music if I'm listening to music.
When I'm editing a wedding, it's more likely to be a mix of energetic songs and something with a little more romance.
The reality, however, is that the soundtrack to my life is usually CreativeLive.
Question 8: Morning person or night owl?
Well, it's 6:27am here and I've already had breakfast, gotten dressed, etc and don't have to be anywhere til 9am. Does that answer it?
Question 9: How many employees do you have and what are the main things they do for you?
3. Me, Myself, and I
No but seriously, at the moment I am the chief everything officer over here but hire out some jobs as needed.
I'm looking forward to adding an assistant in the near future as well as a regular second shooter (as opposed to contracting one of the people on my short list)
Question 10: What’s your favorite social media platform?
Personally, I'm completely head over heels addicted to Pinterest. I love checking out Instagram too (and really should be better at using this platform)
Professionally, I'm learning google + and all of that but facebook is definitely still my social media home.
Question 11: What’s your least favorite social media platform?
I'm going to have to echo April on this one, I don't really understand, and therefore don't really use, LinkedIn. That said, it is a goal to learn it better because I don't want to discount it when I haven't really tried it
Question 12: What works best when it comes to marketing your business?
The best marketing both for usefulness and just all around knowing how it's going is definitely meeting people in person (I'm working on telling people what I do in conversation more when there's a possibility) and my awesome clients sharing me by word of mouth, by sharing their photos, by posting on social media.
Question 13: What’s one thing about your business that your blog readers probably don’t know?
I don't consider myself to be in the photography business. Yes I am an artist but, my job is to help my clients plan, celebrate, enjoy, and remember their wedding day. At the end of the day I'm in the business of helping people and there's no better business, my photography is just the best way I know how to help them celebrate.
What do I mean? I have helped them find vendors, laced brides into gowns, fixed accessories, decorated getaway cars, and even taken a bride dress shopping. It's their day to celebrate and want it to be full of nothing but amazing memories so if they need help, I will be there to do all I can.
Question 14: If your business were a fashion accessory, what would it be?
Okay this is a really cool question.
My first instinct was to say a strand of pearls. Elegant and classy.
Then I thought a little more (while typing all the answers above) and realized my business is more like a diamond ring. How?
Well a diamond ring often comes from investing time and energy into building a beautiful relationship. Likewise, great wedding photography comes from building a great relationship with not only your spouse by the professional you are working with also. It's because of this that I take the time to get together with every client and get to know them so that on the wedding day it's not some stranger photographing them but more of a trusted friend.
A diamond ring also takes a financial investment, so does my photography. Why? I put a lot of time, energy, and myself into working with a wedding client right from the first consultation through engagement portrait shoots, the wedding day, the editing & design process, and through to delivery so I only accept a limited number of bookings each year. I'd rather work with a few amazing clients and give them the best possible experience than trying to fit in everyone I can and only doing so-so.
One more similarity (but I could probably go on for a lot longer) is when you buy a diamond, you buy it for life. You think of it as an item that you will have for a lifetime and will be part of the legacy you leave behind. When I create artwork for my clients, whether it be wall art or a custom designed album, I am conscious of the fact that this will be their first family heirloom that will be passed down. It will tell the story of who they are, how they came to be a family, and what their love was like. There's is no greater gift I can give!
Question 15: What’s your top tip for someone who wants to do something similar to you for a career?
Get any illusions of a glamorous life out of your head.
You will work hard every day, you will have to keep learning and adapting, and it will be a struggle sometimes, but, if you love helping people and have a passion for creating art it can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you ever do!
I’m tagging these 6 people to answer these questions in a blog post (via video or text) on their blogs:
1) Shannon of Sweet Stellas - not only an awesome artist but a mom, a writer, a coach, and working to be a certified doula, I also have the pleasure of calling this lovely lady a friend (and bridesmaid)
2) Zach & Jody Gray of Gray Photography - this duo spends a lot of time and energy celebrating their clients lives with photography and investing in other photographers through education and coaching. I've learned a lot from them and can;t wait to celebrate with them next weekend
3) Amanda Sue Howell - Because let's face it, I love reading what she has to say (and between April and I we pushed her enough that she's finally diving into Gilmore Girls)
4) Sage Grayson - because thanks to creativeLive and April we're now buddies and pretty cool too!
5) Susan Roderick - You may not be on CL everyday anymore but we still love you. Share a little bit about your new adventure!
6) Jasmine Star - Alright J*, add your style!
7) You! If you have a blog I want to hear more about what you do! Grab the questions, get writing, and be sure to comment below with so I can come learn more about you.
Here’s how you play:
- Copy and paste the questions below and then answer them and publish as a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.
- At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)
- Use the title: Behind the Scenes of My Business Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.
- Use the hashtag #MyBizBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!