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Valerie_Harte
01-09-2008, 11:56 PM
First of all I learned as much from those of you that I met as I did from the actual speakers. And I had a blast- thanks Dawn- LOL.... ok, and thanks to everyone else too.

But of course, its only worth it if you put into action. My business partner and I had an "off-site" today to go over everything I learned and all my notes and action items. When we were done she took one look at me and said, "You have to go to next year. Between the renewed enthusiam and all this STUFF you can't not go." AND... more than likely I will be bringing our new sales assistant we hired so that we get a whole new perspective. I am taking her with me to the Marathon workshop in Atlanta in March and when I asked her to go you would have thought she had won the lottery so she may pass out from the excitement of going to Imaging next year. haha.

So.... we have 2.5 pages of action items and tonight I am putting timelines and schedules on them all. I am curious what everyone else does when they come back to make sure they implement "stuff"....

Heather_L._Smith
01-10-2008, 12:07 AM
It's a great question, Valerie. We had so many things on our list of cool things to do that we decided to focus on 4. Now, those 4 things are doozies. They're big and they will completely reshape how we do business and with whom. We were completely inspired and have a great vision for our future. We have taken those 4 things, made brainstorming lists of how to accomplish them, and as of this evening, are working to move the bar on those.

And, I agree 100% - I received more 'real world' education from some of my forum buddies than I did from the sessions. You guys ROCK!

ChontelleBrown
01-10-2008, 12:56 AM
*I redesigned my logo to just what I had been wanting; dropped it off at the sign place yesterday.

*Finally determined my 'consistant thing' for branding...it is damask/brocade.

*I spent the day yesterday going through the materials and ideas I picked up.

*Started my new marketing pieces (waiting to finish updating my prices until after the SMS webinars next week).

*Registered with my new album company (finao....love the silk brocade).

*Worked on my critiqued images.

*Started creating my new blog banner with my new logo and to match my new consistant branding.

Whew.....I am sure I am leaving something out.....I have been so amped, I haven't been able to sleep.

Karen_Linsley
01-10-2008, 02:17 PM
Chontell; Imaging has only been over for a day, you got all that done already?

wow.

I too have a list of things to do: I am concentrating on sales and marketing, with print critique thrown in. So I am in the process of revamping my price lists, restructuring everything. I've already remodeled, cleaned or otherwise revamped parts of the studio to make it look....well...richer. I am studying sales techniques, rehearsing, practicing. Working on new images for web site, materials. Getting new packaging, will design an updated logo and then order a new sign and get new stationary, business cards, etc. Need to order a print case for print comp.

Linda_Gregory
01-11-2008, 12:37 PM
*sigh* All I've been able to accomplish upon return is put out fires from my overlong escape. The weekend is about here...I may find my hairdryer!

Seriously, I did take copious notes and will be going over them and implementing several ideas gleaned from both classes and after class talk.

A stranger on the elevator, an older, obviously successful photographer commented that if my studio had the design and colors of my scarf (for those of you that saw me that day, the pashmina I had to cling to all day because it wouldn't stay where it belonged), I would definitely be a success. He said those colors and patterns were in most of the successful studios he'd been in.

cat_broderick
01-11-2008, 01:20 PM
For those that didnt see you, what were the colors?

Linda_Gregory
01-11-2008, 01:52 PM
Cat, it was all browntones with gold...I'll try to get an image of it and post a corner.

ViktorNagornyy
01-12-2008, 06:12 AM
hey guys,
I've learned a lot too. Decided to get into fashion/beauty photography see how I do. Learned a lot from critique, especially for print competition.

The best part...I won Wacom tablet, that survey drawing. hahaha never thought I will win. I got it today, expressed shipped. Believe me, that will be put to a good use.

viktor =)

Marc_Benjamin
01-12-2008, 06:32 AM
A stranger on the elevator, an older, obviously successful photographer commented that if my studio had the design and colors of my scarf (for those of you that saw me that day, the pashmina I had to cling to all day because it wouldn't stay where it belonged), I would definitely be a success. He said those colors and patterns were in most of the successful studios he'd been in.

Sounds like an awesome photographer pick up line! I'll try that at the next convention!

George_Hawkins
01-12-2008, 12:14 PM
Sounds like an awesome photographer pick up line! I'll try that at the next convention!

Marc,

We think alike!!!

George

Linda_Gregory
01-12-2008, 02:13 PM
Sounds like an awesome photographer pick up line! I'll try that at the next convention!

SNORT! I kinda thought the same thing but still, it was my new PASHMINA from Czech Republic and those ARE the colors I want to do the studio in. :)