For those of you that have followed and supported us over the past few years, THANK YOU!! I promise you we are not leaving you behind. For those of you just joining us, welcome! We look forward to working with you and sharing what we do with you.
We love nothing more than working with the puppies and meeting the humans that love them. So why are we switching back to weddings and portraits? I think the answer is fairly obvious, but I’m happy to explain my thoughts. No, it’s not ALL about money, but let’s keep things real. Money is a very important part of running a business as opposed to just having a hobby.
The first few years I was very general with my photography. Newborn sessions, families, weddings, senior portraits, you name it, I shot it! Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, there is… kinda…
Nearly all of us have shopped at Walmart, Target or even online at Amazon. Lets face it, they have some great prices. They are general stores that carry everything. Since many other stores all carry the same product, the only thing they compete on is price. I know when I look at Amazon or Walmart it’s because I’m looking for the best price. There’s nothing wrong with that, that’s being a smart shopper, for some products.
Are you married or plan on getting married? A lot of us are and most of us will be before it’s over. Did you ever consider getting your engagement ring or wedding bands from Walmart or Amazon? (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not putting down what they offer… stick with me.) You laugh, right? Guys, you would never live it down if the wife found out you bought it from either of those two places. Ladies, admit it, unless you were bragging about how cheap you got them, you probably wouldn’t tell your friends your cheap-a** husband got them at a good deal. Again, not putting down what those places offer, it’s a mindset! You want someone that specializes in rings, specifically, wedding rings!! You KNOW you’re going to pay more, but you also know it’s going to be a better quality. THAT is exactly what I’m talking about, quality. If every photographer offered the same products, packages and quality, we would all compete on price.
Sorry for the lengthy build up, but there is a point. The point? QUALITY!! This is exactly why I converted over to specialize in pet photography. I wanted to focus every ounce of energy on learning, understanding and working with pets, specifically, the dogs. Over the last three years, I did just that. The website, business cards, logos, training, all dedicated to specializing in pets.
Over the past three years, I made it my mission to work with pet related businesses. I worked with as many rescues as I could, I’ve worked with vets offices, many grooming locations, multiple trainers and a lot of happy clients. I have canvases of my work in locations all over town. The most important part, I’ve made many great connections with some great, kind-hearted people. Am I trying to brag about my ‘accomplishments’? Lol, not at all! Clearly, it wasn’t enough to get it done!!
Then it hit me… BANG, like a brick to the face! Why am I trying to run a business with one hand tied behind my back? Running a business is hard enough without being limited. Not once in the past three years did I advertise that I do weddings. Word of mouth is a great thing, though. Weddings have been the one key ingredient to keeping TroyDPhotography alive! It was over the course of one short weekend that I made the decision to take a step back. It made no sense to limit the business and only offer what a few select people might want. There are many great pet photographers out there and some of them do VERY well for themselves. Richie Schwartz comes to mind!! I just couldn’t make it work with what I was doing.
Going forward, I will continue to do what I love, pet photography. However, my ‘business’ will not solely rely on the pet side. It will be something that I do, but I simply cannot focus all my efforts on the pet photography when I have people knocking at my door for other types of photography. I can’t be the generalist that I once was, there has to be some limits. “No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something.” I know what I’m good at and I know my weaknesses.
In closing, I want to thank the people that have stuck with me and supported me. It means the world to me. I’m always willing and looking forward to the next puppy session. I still have some pet events coming up, so I’m not out of the game.