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2014~ A Year Of Change

Bringing in this new year may have been routine for others, but this year it brought in a whole new me and a whole new way of running our business.

Yesterday was my 55th birthday. Some may feel as if they are getting old…heck, I can now join our local senior citizen group. Wait…putting it that way I DO feel old! Joking of course. Actually, I feel more alive than ever. We had quite a bit of snow on January 2nd, and John was home from work because of it. Once the roads were clear, we shopped around for the essential materials we needed to do a new kind of glamor photography. We have a model coming in on Wednesday and wanted to try a vintage Victorian session. My mind has been reeling the last few days with thoughts of ways to offer our clients unique themed type sessions. If you’ve missed our ad on facebook, we are holding a “Glamor Day” limited edition session on January 19, 2014. This session is limited to 5 people. If interested call 845 926-1952 to reserve your spot.

Glamor Day

This year we also revised our referral policy. Anyone who refers us to a “New” client will receive a $25 Visa gift card for each new client. The more, the merrier. These Visa gift cards can be used at any store that accepts Visa, and remember Gramm Photography also accepts Visa and Master Card. We still offer Gramm Photography Gift Cards for you to purchase as gifts for loved ones.

As this year progresses, watch for the new Gramm Photography to progress, with new products and new limited themed sessions.  This year, make it a point to preserve your memories in print. There’s nothing like the present time to start a new tradition.

We would love to hear you’re feedback as to our new changes. Drop us a line at grammphotography@yahoo.com or comment in this post. We would also love to hear any suggestions as to what you would like us to offer to you.

It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are. – Paul Caponigro


2013 Loose Ends

We are hoping everyone have a safe and peaceful holiday season. We spent our time tying up loose ends, then a restful break with family.

As of December 18th, I left my EMS job to concentrate more on our photography business. It was time anyway to put that part of my life behind me. This decision was not an easy one to make, for I truly enjoyed being an EMT and helping others. It’s also hard to leave one of the states most respectful professional ambulance services, Mobile Life Support Services. While I have left my ride shifts, I haven’t officially left the company yet. I am not ready to leave my second family, most of which I have grown to love and respect. My thanks go out to Rick and Gayle Metzger for having a dream of starting a Paramedic Ambulance Service in the Hudson Valley, and after Rick passed, to Gayle and the whole administrative team for continuing that dream. I will always be proud that I have worn the blue uniform for 17 years.

My heartfelt thanks also go out to my volunteer family at Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corp. To Lisa, Ryan, Gary, and others who have been there for me every step of the way in my EMT career and personal life. Oh and to Pat Hugerth, even though you are in heaven, I can still hear you complain every time I made the stretcher wrong! I love you all.

So as I end 2013 and welcome 2014, I also end a chapter in my life, and welcome a new one. May 2014 be a blessed and safe one for all.

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly   ~Henri Bergson

A New Year A New Us~Creative Fun Glamorous Photography

A new year…a new us. As we grow in our personal lives, we are also growing in our business life. We have gone through many changes in 2012, and we are planning on many new changes in 2013.

In 2012 I faced the biggest change in a long time. I had left my full time job to work my photography business full time. For once, I didn’t have to report to work at a specific time, I was home to do as I please. So I sat down, and tried to come up with a way to run this business. Sure, I could take the photos, I knew my camera well enough, and my skills were fresh and new. But after many attempts I realized I had no idea how to run a business.

One day I sat down at my desk, as I have done in the past few weeks. I picked up my pen, and stared at my blank paper. First things first…write down a workable work day schedule, and stick to it. So I set my business days, hours and tasks, and even added in a time for me to take a lunch break. I do realize that in this field of work, and since I am doing most of the work by myself, I have to be flexible. I allotted certain days and times to hold client consultations, certain times for photography sessions, certain times for doing accounting and office work, answering emails, phone calls, ordering and so on. Because I am also on a strict budget, I had to design all my marketing material, and print them so they looked professional. I shopped for props at consignment shops, learned to arrange flowers in vases, and think of inexpensive creative backdrops. After the first two months with my head spinning, things started to fall into place nicely. My schedule was working, my business starting to take shape. I brought in a few new clients, not as much as I would have hoped, but it is a start. Most of all I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed, I was feeling more confident in my business skills. My weakest spot… phone calls, weather I am calling a potential client, or booking a new session, I still get tongue tied on the phone. Nonetheless, I have changed quite a bit in 2012.

2013…what is in store for me? Well first thing on my list is…yes you got it…work on my weakest spot. Maybe practice on the phone with a friend, or write up a script I could read when on the phone with new clients. That is one thing on my 2013 Goal Sheet.

As for this years change in the business. Well, we started a new monthly birthday mini special. Every month I will look at the birthdays of fans on our facebook page, and randomly choose 1 to receive a mini portrait session. How cool is that?

We are also rewarding our clients with gift cards for referrals. Growth for 2013 is my main goal. Marketing will also increase. New products are in the works, along with new creative ideas for fun photo sessions. I am even looking into doing fine art portraiture.

So, stay tuned for the new Gramm Photography in the new 2013. The year of us, the year of change. I will leave you with this quote “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

Until next time…keep smiling.