I knew investing in Katelyn James coaching would be a wonderful idea for me and my business, but I have to take a minute to THANK HER and show off all of the new changes that came from it.
Let me start off on a CRAZY note..I arrived at her house after driving VERY early in the morning from Virginia Beach, having Cammy get sick in the car which has happened less times in her life than I can count on my fingers, and barely making it in time..I can’t believe the morning it was! Then, when I arrived..Michael (Cammy’s hunk of a boyfriend and Katelyn’s doll of a husband) asked me if I wanted something to drink, and I took him up on some water because I felt really faint. It was so weird, it was the second time that week I had felt that way! Earlier that week I almost fainted having my hair blonded by Chessy of Blushing Brides VA..she brought me a banana, water and took care of Cammy while I sat outside getting fresh air!
I told her I felt weird and lightheaded like I was pregnant. She told me how so many girls have come to coaching sessions and been newly pregnant! It was something she saw all the time hahaha, and I laughed and thought maybe I just wasn’t eating right..but something was definitely off.
So my headshots by Katelyn James? Definitely my first maternity shots with the new baby, hahaha! I WAS pregnant at the time and didn’t know it! So she totally bared with me not feeling my best and getting hot during shooting, because she’s fabulous and that’s how she rolls 🙂
We talked about all aspects of my business, and she turned so many little lightbulbs on for me that day. One in particular was the amount of work I am going to be able to take as a new mom and how much I want to be charging, and how that will relate to family time during the year. The goal is to keep building my business up, rebranding for a higher end look to match my work and pricing and take less weddings than say, someone like her who can take 30++ easily! She is also working with her husband so she gets to spend that time with him, whereas Mike is attending about 1/4 weddings with me right now. But there may be something there in the works as far as having him come with me to more soon 😉 😉 😉
The big one was rebranding though. I knew my branding was mediocre, and I liked the color pink so I was glad to have that in there, but for the price range and work quality it wasn’t matching up. So, I contacted Katie Durski with KD Creative and within months I was fully rebranded with another peppy color (teal), still having pink in there (thanks to be the mommy of GIRLS that will never get old!) and adding a touch of gold 🙂 This ALSO HAPPENS to be the exactly color scheme of the outfit I wore to coaching…coincidence? Actually YES! Katelyn pointed out how well the colors worked for me! They were similar to my wedding colors, happy and beachy! So my headshots perfectly match my new branding hahah! I purchased a new blog that was unique, clean and organized and I LOVED the thumbnail style of through WordPress…and also, I purchased a new website template from SItehouse Designs and made my own NEW Showit Website! It has been a beautiful rebrand I’m SOOOO PROUD OF!!!
I’m now in the process of ordering “official” magazine type printed wedding welcome packets complete with images, and creating an online magazine pricing guide to share with clients and inquiries. I am working on providing more professional materials for my clients and less do-it-yourself printing. In the mean time..I am so glad Katelyn coached me in May and here I am, pregnant with another little girl, shooting weddings, traveling to England and I STILL got my rebranding FINISHED within months! The main thing to remember is when you are investing in a coaching session with someone who has valuable advice and experience to share, it’s half her advice and half your action afterwards that is going to give you a successful finished product. I completely went into coaching thinking, I need work on my shooting. But the only advice on that she had for me was composition and the way I am blogging my images to tell a story (not putting “double images” up..two that look so similar back to back which I’m working on!) — and although I did walk away with more valuable shooting techniques and a few editing tricks that rocked my world…it was her explaining (without her even being a mom herself) how running my business as a mother could be different and better for my family and how I needed to get rebranded. The girl is so modest and will never admit it but she’s a marketing, photography and business genius and I’m SO LUCKY to call her a mentor and friend…I know I have the best mentor around I could ever ask for! 🙂
Here are screen shots of the new Facebook cover photo, Blog header, Website, Branding board, layouts and some headshots! 🙂 THANK YOU GIRLFRIEND!!!! LOVE YA! 🙂