BLOG + VLOG of AUTUMN THEODORE PHOTOGRAPHY
I'm obsessed with Lavash Cafe, One Six Five Jewelry, and Ambushed Salon (among tons of other locally-owned businesses in Columbus). I love supporting them by visiting as much as I can. But how else can I help?
Lately, I wanted to show our city's small, locally-owned businesses my support. Over the past four months, I wrote 100 reviews on Google so that when others might seek advice about buying from, hiring, or visiting a local business, they could see a local patron's stamp of approval, plus notes on why the spot is so great. I put a reminder on my calendar each week to write 5 reviews over the span of 20 weeks. It took me about 5 minutes per week, and it can be done on any platform. (I chose one platform to keep it simple for myself.)
I hear people brag on their favorite businesses all the time - why not make your voice heard to the world? Your favorite local businesses would love your support - I know I would. ;)
P.S. I realize this isn't photography-related, but photography is one small part of an overall marketing strategy. My 7+ years of marketing experience taught me a lot, and makes me realize how valuable my marketing knowledge is to companies who hire me as their photographer. After all, my bread and butter is brand, product, event, and portrait photography for businesses! I'm a better help to them if I can speak intelligently about how my work supports their overall mission.
Everyone has heard the old adage, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."
After lots of hard work over the past few years, I can finally say that I don't feel like I work, in the traditional sense of course. (There's still a lot to be done!)
My favorite things about being a photographer may or may not surprise you:
What are your favorite parts of your work?
If you have any additional questions about 50mm lenses (or anything else, for that matter!), comment below, or reach out via my contact page.
Friend: "So how many photos do you take during a shoot?"
Me: "It depends on a lot of things, but if I'm shooting for an hour, maybe 200-300 photos."
Friend: "Woah! Your clients must love getting so many photos."
Me: "They get about 40-60 in this scenario."
Friend: "Wait why wouldn't you give them ALL the photos? Aren't they paying for them?"
Click on each photo to see if it's a photo I would deliver to a client - or not!
An explanation in three parts:
I love when people ask me questions like these. It gives me the opportunity to educate them on the nuances of my industry. Similarly, I love learning about the nuances of others' industries as well.
If you have other questions about photography, please feel free to click the "recommend a topic" button near the top of the right side of this page.
Writing and vlogging to entertain, educate, expose, and encourage.
A few of my favorite shots, available for purchase for both personal and commercial use. SEE GALLERY
READY FOR BRAND PHOTOGRAPHY?
I created a free resource guide to help maximize your photography experience, no matter who you're working with.