I say this all the time, "Being a small business owner isn't for the faint of heart." There are good days, great days, and days you just wanna be done with everything. This is why having "colleagues" you can connect with is important.
Who is Erica Payne of EP Photography
A few years back, a young lady approached me out of the blue while attending PPA's Imaging USA in Nashville, TN. A small group of photographers was hanging about, and we just got to talking. Well, turns out this young lady was a photographer who resided in Austin, TX. Austin? That's just up the street! Fast forward to today, and Erica is one of the photographers I turn to in my turn of need (for anything).
Naturally, I had to invite her to the Small Biz Bites IG Live to discuss investing in photography. I really should say "investing in quality photography." Wait, I didn't even introduce her yet. Erica Payne of EP Photography is a portrait photographer located in Austin, TX. She is AMAZING at what she does, and I'm a big fan of her work. That's the beauty of art. We all have our own voices, and every voice can be appreciated.
Small Biz Bites with Erica
When I thought about what topics photographers could discuss together, investing in quality photography was one. We are not one size fits all, so the price for photography work varies. Erica's art involves a lot of detail and the building of sets, so she and I are not on the same page.
Over an hour, Erica and I discussed what to look for when selecting a photographer and the questions you should ask. We also went down the road of if gear matters, selecting wall art, hiring a photographer for a specific look, and business books for photographers.
Erica and I had a lot we wanted to discuss, but there is only so much time. Click this link to watch our IG chat: Small Biz Bites IG Live with Erica Payne. I knew we wouldn't get to everything we wanted to discuss, so I figured I would invite her back for a second visit. Stay tuned for that one.
Erica's work is exceptional, and I highly suggest you follow her on Instagram: @urbanmodernchic. I also recommend checking out her website at EP Photography. Maybe you're in Austin and looking for an artist who does all the extra.
About Gwendolyn Houston-Jack
Many black and brown women-owned small business owners struggle with creating a solid marketing plan for their businesses. HouJack Digital Marketing Solutions offers quality digital marketing services to black and brown small women-owned business owners without breaking the bank. We believe in "exhausting the free" and strategically using investment dollars.
Most small business owners also need help navigating entrepreneurship. Our career coaching service delivers timely career growth advice and builds a solid digital presence for the future. With a focus on purpose, passion, and competencies, we're about personal growth, not just job applications.
When I'm not assisting other small business owners, I'm hosting photo sessions overflowing with joy. We understand some families are frustrated with the task of booking a photo session. At G Photography by G, we take the lead on your photo ideas to create a memorable portrait session that allows you to enjoy the moment and the memories.
Again, if you're a small business owner or know of a small business we need to spotlight, please get in touch with G.