so today . . . the word is out! it looks like diandra and i are going into business together.
last tuesday, i got a text message from her at about 2:00. "hi," it said. i texted back, "hi." her next message said, "how's your day going?" i'm sure she was sorry she asked . . .
i was not having a good day--not a good day at all! i was ready to throw in my teaching towel and give telemarketing a try. it was that bad! after i got done ranting and raving to her, she texted, "maybe we should go into business together." and that got us to talking.
there are days when i love my job, and there are days when i would rather lick a tire than go to work. lately, having a job that would put me in a cubicle with a computer has started to have some appeal. ideally i think i would like to be able to work from home, but i don't want to stuff envelopes or assemble beaded bracelets or trick other people into sending me money by promising "they too can work from home . . . " so when diandra voiced those words, i thought, yes maybe we should. she said she was serious, so when i got home we started talking about it . . .
diandra already has a developing photography business, but she is quickly finding that owning a business isn't all about taking beautiful photographs. there is a lot of record keeping, bookkeeping, mailing, and just general computer and office-type work that also has to be done. and it is time consuming. as we talked, we realized that our skills mesh perfectly. we each bring different strengths to the table, we enjoy different parts of the process, and together, i think we will make a good team.so we got out paper and pen (because we LOVE office supplies) and started making lists--all the tasks that need to be done, all the supplies we will need, who will do which tasks, and where our office will be (the scary room will finally have a purpose, and i will have motivation to clean it out!) we discussed colored file folders and post it notes with our names on them and filing systems and how to keep track of everything. when discussing the bookkeeping, we realized that she was soon going to need to be able to accept debit and credit cards for payment. suddenly we looked at each other and said, "there's an app for that!" with visions of new iphones dancing in our heads. (does apple have the most amazing advertising people or what?!?)
for those of you who follow diandra's blog, don't worry! my responsibilities will NOT include taking photographs (even though i love to!) she will still be the one capturing those beautiful images we have come to expect--except for those times i can lurk in the background and take pictures of her taking pictures.i am really excited! i think the day is coming when lifestyle photography will be a full time business for her, and i am thrilled to get to be a part of it. i can't quit my day job just yet, but working out of our new office (previously referred to as "the sewing room"--because the sewing machine is in there, or "the scrapbooking room"--same reason, or "the scary room"--because it is also where we put everything we don't know what to do with, so it gets a little scary in there,) is a much better alternative than the cubicle i was thinking of . . .
and just to show why SHE is the photographer, and i am not, here is a photo she took of herself. is that the coolest picture of a girl behind a camera ever?!?!
you can see why i am anxious to be her support person. clearly she is talented, but sometimes it takes more than talent to be successful. and as you all know, behind every successful person is a mom :)