Nearing the End of My College Education.

                   Well guys, exactly 3 weeks from today, I will have graduated from Columbus State Community College (assuming my science course does not kill me first). This has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. For those that don’t know, I started college at age 46. It was late in my life before I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion for photographing people. By the time I graduate on May 10th, exactly one week after my birthday, I will be 49. My only regret is that I did not start way sooner, not by months, but YEARS!

 

                        When I started my business in 2014, Picstar Photography, I had WAY less knowledge about starting and running a successful photography business. I thought my many years (20+) of management experience and my winning sense of humor would be adequate for the task. I was wrong! I did learn, and had a decent grip on, Photoshop and how to manipulate and help convey my vision. I also had a firm grip of how to correct my photos. Not from an artistic vision standpoint, but a “how do I fix what I didn’t get right in camera?” one. After 3 weddings, and COUNTLESS hours editing to fix my camera skill’s inadequacies, I took the leap and went back to school. What was I thinking?

 

                        It was the best decision I ever made for my business. I now had the technical skills necessary to create my vision with every push of my camera’s button, WITHOUT having to take 100 shots of each pose to get it right. Now it’s less than 20 (ha-ha). But, I learned way more than camera skills. I learned about running the business, marketing, thinking about decisions carefully and with a long-term vision, portfolio building, and even expanded my Photoshop and Lightroom skills, which I needed less of. I do have to mention that I love Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan. You get Photoshop and Lightroom for just $9.99 per month! For someone on a budget, that is way cheaper than buying the expensive software outright, not to mention it is available as a subscription only anyway.

 

                        So, at the beginning of 2019, I realized I needed to change my business name so that I might be taken more seriously. I mean, Picstar was clever and had familiarity (sounding like Disney’s Pixar). But because of school, I needed to seem legitimate in the community. I changed the name, website, bank account, and even my license plates! I also traded in all my cameras and associated gear to upgrade to a better camera that suited my needs.  I purchased a Nikon D750 camera. I LOVE my new camera! But that might be another blog later.

                        I am apologizing for not doing a blog last week. Full-time school (5 classes this semester), part-time job, and semi-full-time business takes its toll on my time. I am looking forward to my graduation day, when I can now throw myself fully into photography as my career. I also look forward to working with you along my photography journey and hope you can be a part of it with me! Let’s see what we can do together!