Last Tuesday my mom and I set out on our way to Richmond Virginia. We take a lot of trips so going to Virginia was an easy trip to take! I had planned on driving myself and taking myself there, but my mom thought it would be good if we went together since it is about a 7 hour trip and then some with pit stops. So, we set out Tuesday morning to Virginia and made it there by the end of the afternoon. You might be asking why did I go to Virginia? Well… It is because of this one photographer – Katelyn James! You can check out her website here – http://www.katelynjames.com/
I have been following Katelyn James for a couple years at this point and always loved her blog posts. I never knew how she kept up with her blogging schedule because I don’t think she ever sleeps! I have watched what she has done with her business as not only an amazing wedding photographer, but as a leader in the wedding industry. I have tuned into her youtube videos and a workshop online. After watching her workshop online for the Come Together Event, I knew that I needed to meet with her. I knew that some things needed to change a little to propel my business forward, but I didn’t know how exactly to make those changes and what actions needed to happen. A lot of times small business owners are so close to everything in their business that it is hard to see the little changes that need to happen. Having the opportunity to sit down one on one with one of the industries leading wedding photographers was exactly what I needed.
I have watched numerous workshops online by other industry leaders and attended workshops in person with those same leaders. I always come away from the workshops with lots of nuggets to help make my business and me grow. A lot of times though the information given at the workshops is very general since it is going out to 100 people or more depending on the audience. I knew I needed information that was more concentrated on my business to really give me an overview and a plan of attack to grow and propel the business over the next year. The coaching session with Katelyn was the perfect answer. I admired how she ran her business from a far and what she has been able to do since she opened her business in 2008. I trust her knowledge on the wedding industry from a photographers point of view and also value her opinions on my work and what needs to change.
I signed up for the AM time slot with her on August 26th and loved every hour I spent with her! The coaching session part of the day was amazing. The amount of information that I received was priceless. There were little things that I hadn’t even noticed or thought of before and all of them combined together will help my business grow to where I want it to be. I have have already started to implement some of the ideas and within one week have seen the pay off! There are going to be several changes over the next 6 months here. I know that you will love the changes as I already love them! You will be seeing more of me on the blog! Yay! If you have checked out the main website lately then you may have noticed updated pictures and updated head shots… Wait… What!!??
After the coaching session with her in the morning I was able to meet the afternoon coaching session attendant – Audrey Rose Photography – She is also a Virginia wedding photographer and is awesome! I loved hearing her story and where she wants to take her business over the next year! I am so excited to continue to check out her blog and see how she grows her business! Lunch was awesome as it was with Audrey, Katelyn and Michael! Once lunch was done Katelyn, Audrey and I headed to the famous parking garage. I had heard about it, but I didn’t know if we would be going to the parking garage for our head shots. We did!
I am so excited to have updated head shots and Katelyn did such an amazing job!!
Thank you Katelyn for the coaching session, all of the priceless information that is going to help me grow my business over the next 6-12 months and the beautiful head shots!
Audrey, Me and Katelyn!
Behind the scenes shot! Thank you Audrey!
Head shots by Katelyn James