This series is all about paying attention to your business. Most of you see yourself as artists, right-brained creative types with a minimal interest in the operational side of the business. So, we set out with a goal of giving you a new topic each week to help you fine-tune your business and in turn help secure better results for 2018.
Along the way, thoughts have come up that step outside components like your website, blog, social media, etc. Today's "blue plate" special is just one of those topics.
Recently my co-host on the Photofocus "Mind Your Own Business" podcast, Chamria Young and I had a lengthy conversation with David Scruggs and Jill Smith, two passionate wedding photographers based in Atlanta. They recently had a wedding to photograph where later in the evening, long after the rehearsal dinner, the mother of the groom was killed in a random shooting. The last photograph of the groom with his mother, father and siblings was taken at the rehearsal dinner. (Note: the podcast airs on September 14, 2018.)
The topic of this podcast focused on the importance of never compromising on the quality of an image, but afterward, I started thinking about how deep that really has to go. It's such an important part of calling yourself a professional that I wanted to share a series of ingredients so that as an artist, you NEVER compromise on the quality of an image. It goes well beyond technique and understanding the craft!
What Makes a Professional Photographer
This podcast brought to mind several things that define a photographer as a professional, so that you not only rarely miss those important moments in a subject's life, but never compromise on the quality of an image:
Missed any of the past Fast Food Friday lunch specials? There are now 25 in the complete series and they're all just a click away. Just like your favorite lunch spot, each one is still being "served" in the SCU diner. Each lunch special hits on another aspect of building a stronger business and helping to make 2018 your best year yet. And, if there's ever something you wish we'd add to the menu, just let us know!
It's time for you to thrive, not just survive!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.