5 Lessons I Learned From Running My Photography Business

Running a business is not easy!  Especially when you are running a business while working full time.

When I decided to start a photography business, I really had no idea how I would do it.  I mean, I wasn’t even a professional photographer.  My only experience in photography was shooting around with my old Cannon DSLR or iphone.  I also knew nothing about the technical side of photography.  All I knew is that I loved my art and I clearly had an eye.  I was determined to make this happen.

Little secret, being a great photographer has little to do with taking pictures.  (Seriously)  To be a great “working” photographer I knew I had to treat this new venture like a business.  And you know how people say you have to treat your business like a baby?  That saying is so true but it means more than nurturing or caring for the business.  What this means is that just like with raising a baby, your goal as the parent is to raise this child to be a wonderful, productive adult because when they are productive they can give back to you.  The same is true with growing a business.  The goal is to feed and nurture the business knowing that when this business reaches maturity, the business can then give back to you.  It becomes a source of revenues that can power other projects or ideals.  In fact, you don’t have to be a slave to your business always stressing to figure out where the cycle of “hustle” ends.  I made a choice when I signed the lease to my studio that I would raise my business in the way that I raise my daughter, to be a wonderful, productive business.

So,  here are a few tips I want to share with you that has helped me grow my brand in year number one.

But first an introduction!

 

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NIKI TAKES ON ST. LUCIA

St. Lucian Caribbean Sky with beautiful white building and palm tree.

While I love traveling the world,  learning different cultures and meeting new people, sometimes I actually like to have no plans and no expectations for my Holiday.

Recently I took a trip to beautiful St. Lucia.  What initially started as a group trip turned into an impromptu trip alone.   Devastated that my very close friend would not be joining me, I made the conscious decision to travel alone and ultimately this trip quickly turned into one of the most relaxing vacations I have had in quite some time.

In this post I will share with you my experience at one resort that made me feel right at home despite the fact that I was traveling solo.  If you are a woman who will be traveling alone and you are looking for the perfect place to stay where you will be safe and have a great relaxing holiday, then this resort is perfect for you.  If you are with your  family or traveling with a bunch of friends, this is still the perfect place for you.

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Game Of Loans, Interest Is Coming

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Congratulations class of 2019!  This is so exciting!  Don’t you just feel the exhilaration, like “Yasssssss, I can actually have a life now!”   Celebration time…until you walk to the mail box and get that student loan bill…UGH, buzz kill!  So whats the deal?  Are degrees even worth getting anymore?  Fed surveys show that the median pay for bachelor degree holders is now lower than it was in the 90’s and more people (especially millennial’s and gen Z’s) are questioning if there is any real value to college.  In this post I will share my experience being an adult who paid for college out of pocket and why I made the choice to continue my education.

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Good Sex Can Help With Job Performance! Here’s Why.

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Yes, You heard me!  GOOD sex (not mediocre sex) is good for your work performance, life performance and your overall mood.  Here’s what happens when you go to work in a good mood;  you have a great day, you feel more productive, you feel sexier!  You notice that people are more receptive to you and what you have to say because there is a glow from within.    Great sex in the morning is so underrated and sometime taken for granted.   This is a short article but I know you will enjoy the topic.  Take a moment after reading this article to glance at the video below.  Sex Dr. Heather gives us an inside look at why sex helps with life situations and performance.

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5 Tips to Ace Your Next Performance Review

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It’s almost time for your performance review and your feeling a bit nervous.  Relax!  Performance appraisals are not supposed to feel like a trip to the principals office.  It’s more of an opportunity for you to gain valuable insight that can help you grow your career.   Performance appraisals are actually designed with you, the employee in mind.  It’s a metric system of sorts to help you understand where your strengths lie and how you can improve on them for the purpose of becoming a super producer.  In this post I want to briefly go over some tips that will (hopefully) make this a wonderful and motivating experience for you. 

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My Bathroom Makeover

Nothing like a good “do-it-yourself” makeover to make you feel whole.  Seriously!  Most of us have dreams of living in a house that’s reminiscent of an HGTV home.  Sadly for me, I just don’t have the time or the energy for another project.  So while DYI may look appealing, I opt for scrolling through pinterest for something amazing and hiring someone to bring it to life.

When my husband and I got married, we decided we would move into his old bachelor pad that he has owned for 10 plus years.  If the term “bachelor pad” holds no indication for you, let me explain.  Imagine you have a house with just ample rooms to accommodate all of your friends and enough dogs and reptiles to make Dr. Doolittle feel envious.  Just imagine…  Now imagine your OCD wife moves in and wants to literally rip everything out of the house that would remind you of the fun times you had and  maybe (because she is nice), she would be OK with you keeping a small corner of the basement for your belongings that you just cant part with.  Other than that, everything goes!  This pretty much describes my house.   But, this is a happy story because the house is coming together and I am so excited to see my cottage dreams come true.

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Career vs Passion

Ready to quit your day job, read this first!

If by some miraculous twist in fate, you have a career in a field that is also your passion, you are one lucky individual!  Unfortunately for the majority of working individuals in the US, they are not so satisfied with their day job.   In fact,  seven out ten workers are somewhat dissatisfied with their current employment as sited by the Pew Research Center.  Pew has also polled highly educated workers making over 75k a year and found that while they say they are happy with their current position, many do not take days off or end up forfeiting vacation time because they are overwhelmingly concerned about falling behind at work.  This has become the trend for more and more full time workers and subsequently has resulted in higher stress and less time for family life.  Now, don’t be fooled!  Being an entrepreneur is no easy lane,  but some people choose to do what they love and pursue passion versus working for someone else and never being able to call the shots in life.  So how do you know when it’s the right time to go?

Here is my top three things to do before you quit your job.  With the proper preparation, you could be on your way to being an entrepreneur in no time.  Just know, If you require a steady income and good nights sleep, you probably shouldn’t quit your day job just yet!

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Laila’s 80’s Skate Birthday Bash

Birthday Party Fun

I have yet to meet someone who takes birthdays as serious as my friend Laila.  Every year, without fail, Laila has the birthday party that surpasses all birthday parties!  This year, the theme was 80’s baby!  I was so excited to have a reason to put on some ripped denim and dress up for something besides Halloween.  Everyone showed up to have a good time and we skated and laughed all night

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How To Get Everything You Want In 2019

 

2018 was incredibly fulfilling!  I did everything I said I was going to do.  I completed a few things and started on a few of my other goals.
When I sit back and reflect on what has transpired in this past year, I feel exhilarated!  SOOOO many opportunities came my way and I was severely blessed because I held open my arms and received all that was offered.  I can tell you that I am highly favored because I never would have done any of this on my own.  My “Thank You” list is sky high.  I should also mention that this is not magic tricks or miracles but the product of setting goals, working smart and a lot of perseverance.  An old proverb says that “A vision without action is merely just a dream.”

In this post, I want to share with you my tried and tested 5 tips that when used everyday religiously, you will achieve whatever you desire.  “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” – The Alchemist

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Niki Takes On Miami

Miami is so full of fun things to do, but when you are in town for only two nights, it becomes tough to choose what to do next.

My friend and I went on a foodie/art getaway.  We planned a really cool itinerary and I ended up coming home with a cold, but we had such a good time, I’d say it was worth it.

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