And so here we are, in week three already!
Without intending to do so, Mondays seem to very quickly be turning into my "day off". Last week I spent Monday travelling back from Devon and this week I was invited to join some friends at Lacock Abbey to see an interesting Virtual Reality exhibition by Mat Collishaw and it was amazing! Admittedly, when I first put the headset and the headphones on I felt rather claustrophobic but once I had entered the VR room and suddenly I could see the virtual world, it was brilliant! The room aimed to recreate a museum and exhibition originally curated by William Fox Talbot and it was fascinating to take a look at all of the virtual exhibits. There were VR mice scurrying about the floor, moths in the chandeliers and then even a mob starting a riot outside the windows! It's definitely worth a visit if you have the time.
Once I was back in the office properly on Tuesday I was glad to launch straight back in with a business photoshoot with my office neighbours, the IT guys from The IT Guy! None of them were overly enthusiastic about having their photographs taken but I think we managed to gather a good selection of photographs that they can use in future press releases and on their website/facebook page.
Speaking of business photography, I have to admit that it isn't something I have done a huge amount of. However, this week I received no fewer than 4 enquiries, all of them unique. I'm excited to see whether the enquiries turn into actual jobs and then, where they will actually lead.
It seems to be a week of enquiries. After the quiet Wedding Fayre on Sunday (read about it in last weeks progress report) I didn't expect to receive anything from it but I've already had two enquiries - not bad at all!
Every fortnight I meet up with a group of other small business owners. It's a mastermind group that aims to keep us all on track and gives us a chance to discuss how best to build our own businesses. It's a great way of sharing plans and brainstorming ideas. The last few months have felt a bit of a blur with everything that has been going on and I normally leave these meetings in a groggy haze. I've been so tired to really focus and I definitely haven't been contributing as much as I feel I should have been. But this week we looked at how the last 6 months have shaped our businesses. If you had asked me that a couple of weeks ago I probably would have said "well, I'm pretty much doing the same as I was 6 months ago" but tonight, after giving it some in-depth thought and with the support of the other members of the group I realised that, actually, so much has changed! From a personal point of view I've bought a house AND made a major shift in my career. From a business point of view, I am more focussed perhaps a bit more ambitious (I have taken on an office after all) and generally much more confident.
My editing seems to have shifted up a gear this week. After not really knowing where the time has gone over the last couple of weeks, this week I was determined to finish off some of the editing I've had building up. One wedding and one family photoshoot later and I am feeling much more positive. In fact, if you would like to see the latest wedding then it's already up on the blog.
During the week I was excited to find that, unprompted, one of my previous clients had left a lovely review on my Facebook page. After shooting Jess's wedding, a few years later I returned to do a family portrait shoot for her. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I receive such lovely reviews. This is what she had to say:
Kate was our wedding photographer on the 2nd October 2011. I've known Kate for many years and she was very professional and made us feel so relaxed. We have such amazing photos and great memories of our wedding day. We love the book so much, i recently showed our 4 year old and she loved seeing mummy and daddy all dressed up. Kate also took the most beautiful pictures of our baby who is now one. Looking forward to booking Kate in the future.
And so on that note, I will wrap up what is becoming one epic blog post (I didn't mean it to be when I started, honest!).
Have at least one day off and DON'T check emails on that day (you may have guessed from that comment that I managed to stress myself out a little over something so trivial)!
Aims for next week:
Make a concerted effort to get back into using Toggl. It's a brilliant tool for keeping track of the tasks you are actually doing day to day. Plus it's free. I've found it invaluable in the past but I got out of the habit of using it. I must make more of an effort to include it in my daily routine next week.