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Super Monday Instructors: Building Up Success with Jim Hilgedick

jim_hilgedick_headshot.jpgJim Hilgedick, CPP, of TimeScape Photography in Grand Rapids, Minn., admits that he originally was hesitant to open his photography business. But once he rediscovered his passion and took the courageous plunge, he steadily built up his success.

"I was talked out of being a photographer back in high school, citing, 'There's no money in it,'" recalls Hilgedick. "So I abandoned a passion that I'd had since fourth grade to get a 'real job.'"

While friends' weddings offered him an opportunity to "shake the dust off" his camera gear, Hilgedick did not begin to pursue photography professionally until 2004...after he was inspired by his three adopted boys. And when he jumped back in, he did it with gusto! In fact, he handed his other business over to his wife to manage so he could pursue photography full time.

Hilgedick began his photography studio in the warehouse space from his other business.Hilgedick1.jpg There he stayed until 2009 when he was able to purchase and renovate a building to contain two 500-square-foot studios, a sales room and a reception area. "That single, scary decision has opened up a whole new chapter for me," he says, remembering the purchase.

And now he knows that there is plenty of money to be had as a professional photographer--even if you have to work harder in a tough economy to get it.

"Whining will get you nowhere," Hilgedick adds. "Now is the time to be as optimistic as possible. Come up with new ideas or beg, buy or borrow great ones from others. If you are not on one of the many professional photographer forums, join one. You may learn something, share something or commiserate with others. Do everything you can to set yourself apart from those new faces. Do not lower your prices--add more value to them."

Hilgedick2.jpgIf you want to learn more about how Hilgedick has achieved success in a short amount of time, don't miss his "Lights, Camera, Success!" Super Monday class on October 25th (Grand Rapids, Minn.).   

During his upcoming class, Hilgedick will cover a variety of topics requested by previous Super Monday attendees. You'll learn about planning a successful studio, the anatomy of lighting set-ups and a quick and simple editing workflow. "After all, every moment we spend on our workflow is one that could be used to enhance our businesses or be spent with our families!" he says.

Learn more about Hilgedick's class, and browse more Super Monday classes in more locations at

Read more about Hilgedick here.

Super Monday is an educational program sponsored by PPA every spring and fall. TheseHilgedick3.jpg daylong, interactive workshops are conducted in locations around the country, allowing PPA members to earn merits for sharing their craft and enabling all photographers to learn new skills and develop professional networking contacts.


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