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Full-Time Career + Successful Photographer! Today on the Book More Clients Photography Podcast, I’m talking with another Blueprint Program alumna, Claire; we’re diving into to her journey as a full-time working mom, who also has an incredible SUCCESSFUL photography business, too!
Claire started her photography business several years ago but didn’t see the growth or success in her photography career until she joined the Blueprint Program about a year ago, and that’s the journey she is taking us on today.
It all started in college with nature photography & friends that needed images for special occasions (engagements, maternity, etc.). Claire didn’t think she had the skillset for photography, truly, until a good family friend told her, “You really have such a natural talent, you need to market this & make a business”. And that’s when things began to shift from hobby to successful photographer.
Fast forward, Claire gets married & has a baby, and is sitting at home on maternity leave, BORED out of her mind. So, naturally, she dove into podcasts, and that’s where she found me & the Book More Clients Photography Podcast. She listened to an episode where I mentioned the Blueprint Program & thought, “I can do this! It’ll only take a couple of sessions & I can make my money back from this investment”.
Claire spent her maternity leave going ALL IN on the Blueprint Program!
Claire: I followed everything pretty much to a T, every checklist, every video, some of them I watched TWICE. I even found that some of the videos I didn’t think would pertain to me, I watched & ended up with takeaways. And here I am almost 1 year later, with a nearly FULLY BOOKED OUT calendar.
Brooke: I LOVE IT! What a blessing to have a community of supportive people around you, too. For a lot of photographers, that’s a missing piece in their business, the lack of support & community. So, let’s talk about that or a second. Claire, what does the community of the Blueprint Program students look like, or how has it helped you in your photography journey specifically?
Claire: We all know photographers can be very “clicky”, I tried before joining the Blueprint Program to be friends with local photographers in my area and it was instant shutdown. The Blueprint Program takes that photographer stereotype & debunks it! There are photographers from all over the world, and you can ask any question or request feedback & you’ll receive legitimate answers, guidance and positive feedback.
Brooke: Yes! I love that response. The community of the Blueprint Program is the cherry on top of everything, truly!
Brooke: You mentioned you have a full-time job. What are some things you’re working on to go full-time in photography? Or, are you even preparing to go full-time in photography?
Claire: Honestly, I’m not sure — I actually enjoy my job. I love people and interacting with them through the day, I think for me, instead of leaving altogether & going full-time, work-from-home photographer, I’d rather scale back at my job & maintain the success in my photography business.
Brooke: I love the honesty there! Truly. I think it’s so important for photographers to realize they don’t have to quit their full-time career to have a successful photography business; definitely something to shine light on!
Brooke: What are two of your FAVORITE things about the Blueprint Program?
Claire: The first thing is really setting up my brand; feeling like I had a grown-up name for my business & focusing on what I want my business to look like. Number two, BOUNDARIES. The boundary of not replying to messages at all hours of the day and also realizing that I can say, “no”, it can be part of my business vocabulary.
Brooke: What would you tell someone sitting on the fence about joining the Blueprint Program?
Claire: That you’re never gonna regret it. Not only do you get so much coaching & resources, and so much guidance from Brooke, but you also get to tap into this awesome community, which will help you tenfold. Whether you have a question about taxes, marketing, or how does my logo look, the community is there to support you!
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