Amy Hirshi

Before attending the workshop I was a struggling photographer.

I was one of those people who said, “I do photography… like on the side, and I love it!” But afterwards and since then, I proudly tell people, “I’m a professional photographer!” and I live that way! I still work part time while in school but I love my job, and I get to work on my business a lot as well.

I was looking for guidance and work that I loved.

I always loved Abbey’s work as a photographer, seeing her photograph a few people’s wedding’s that I personally knew. I had just quit a full time job that I absolutely HATED, and was looking for some guidance. I knew I could make good money with photography but wasn’t sure where to go or how to start. I was also getting frustrated with not booking any clients.

My biggest lessons and takeaways from the workshop have been:

Schedule! Schedule blogging, Facebook posts, and time off; and then stick to it all! This keeps me SO organized. I also now have strict business hours, and I plan ahead when I want to work and make sure that I don’t allow myself to be available to people when I know I have something else I want to be present a
When I say yes to a client, I’m saying no to other things such as my homework, husband, parties, me time, etc.
I’m worth my time and money!
The importance of putting things that matter to most to me, like my husband and family, above my business.

I went from wanting to book any client to wanting to book my ideal clients.

My big goals now is to keep booking weddings from people who don’t know me personally. It’s started to happen, and it gives me such a thrill! It’s so exciting to book someone solely off of my work and not because we have mutual friends. It’s also exciting for people to find me and follow me on social media based on my work!

My future outlook has changed for sure!

I’ve discovered that I’m wanting to be more of a blogger, and then a part time photographer. I thought I would want to be part photographer and maybe part time somewhere else, but I’m realizing that now I am creating a brand that I can make money off of. I want to educate people, design websites, and be a recognized photographer. I also want to travel more for work.

Business decisions are personal so I need to be confident in myself and what my choices are.

I don’t have to do what everyone else is doing to be good or get business! I get to do what feels right. You’ll learn how to be efficient, how to please your clients in a professional way, and under your terms. I think this would be great for anyone that has something big in their lives, whether that is school, work, or family, this is a balancing workshop.