I had a new camera, and a passion.
But NO knowledge... no prior experience... and no idea what to do.
When I was given my very first camera, I never DREAMED that that passion would take on a life of its own and eventually become a full fledged business. One of the most common questions I get is how did I get started. And while I've attempted to answer this question more than once... it is so hard for me to really explain, because I honestly believe that much of my success is due to a few key people in my life who invested in me. People who believed in me more than I believed in myself. Fellow photographers that had nothing to gain by helping me, but did it anyway. To this day I wonder why. I just feel incredibly blessed that a few people took it upon themselves to be kind and helpful and encouraging. I am where I am today, largely due to their wisdom.
Lately I've gotten several emails asking me if I've considered doing a workshop, or if I might be offering one soon. I am completely BLOWN AWAY by just that simple request! It makes me feel incredibly honored and blessed to do what I do. I love this amazing network of photographers that is Southern California! And while I am not yet at a place where I am ready to offer workshops... I am looking at the possibility of developing a one-on-one mentoring type of thing.
I gave it a little test drive with two very special girls who are a regular part of my life. They have both expressed an interest in starting their own businesses, and so I made them my guinea pigs :) Special thanks to Crystal and Shirley for helping me develop what could end up being a really cool thing!
I set up a special shoot with my gorgeous friend and past bride, Nicole. She was a fabulous sport and a beautiful model! In addition to shooting, I video taped some special FAQ answers that I will be sharing here on my blog. I hope that by offering these sessions and by posting some videos and answers to questions, I can give back even a small percentage of the help that has been given to me!
I wanted to share some of the photos from our session because... well... Nicole is gorgeous.
You may also notice that the last few blogs I've changed my logo/watermark a little bit. I've been playing around with different branding... working on some new projects! Diandra Ann Photography is in a big transition place right now! Pretty excited about what is to come!!!