We photographers are creatives. We do great with all the art photography stuff but usually fall flat when it comes to business, financial stuff, marketing and website design. we love to photograph but not so much the business building stuff.
I DO in fact really love the business aspect. Marketing is my very favorite and I love it almost as much as photography. Numbers, financial and budget...ugh...not my cup of tea!
I have been finding it challenging to find new clients. I find many through my charitable donations to silent auctions and raffles and through word of mouth, but as far as people contacting me out of the blue-crickets.
I realized it was because my website SEO (search engine optimization) needed some serious work. I thought this would be SO dull and boring but it's kind of like a fun game for me so I am pleasantly surprised! The key is figuring out what people are searching for on Google and then making sure my website has that specific content all new and shiny for the search engines to find!
The thing I need to know is what people are searching for? If you were looking for a photographer, what would you Google?
Since I specialize in Family Portraits, the things I came up with are:
Peoria Family Portrait Photographer
Peoria Family Photographer
What would YOU search for?
Every person to e-mail me a list of search ideas will get a FREE JamPocket
from JamBerry in Dunlap
The person with the most ideas
will win a free 11x14 print of
'You Will Never Have this Day with Your Children Again'
that I designed.
Winner will be announced on Thursday, September 1st.
I have had the privilege to photograph a lot of peoples 'best day ever' in my 16 years as a professional photographer.
Weddings, births, baptisms, 1st communions.
Yesterday was a first for me. I had the honor of witnessing and photographing an adoption 3 long years in progress and the formation of this family becoming legal. It was an amazing event and I hope to have the chance to do this type of work again because adoption day is such a monumental moment in the life of a family and should be captured by a professional family portrait photographer!
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Summer 2016 has been wonderful. From working in the yard, gardening, swimming, camping and family fun, I am not ready for it to be over with! Summer is my favorite season and I am not ready for my 4 year old to go back to Pre-K. Okay, maybe I am a LITTLE ready :-)
Fall is right around the corner and it's my busy season. I do most of my sessions in October. In fact, I do more session in October than the rest of the year COMBINED!
Blissful Images is again having the Fall Family Portrait Special to benefit my favorite charity Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. It's an event we do every other year in Peoria and families each receive a mini session, 11x14 print and a warm feeling knowing a portion of the proceeds is donated to this special charity. The event is not open for sign ups quite yet. 1st Blissful Images will notify all past clients and give them 1st dibs on times. Then we will open it to people who have not been photographed by Blissful Images before but have requested to be on the list. Then we will promote on Facebook and in ads and lastly, we will take fliers and materials to local businesses to spread the word. This event always sells out so if you want to be notified when you can sign up, please click on the 'contact me' link.