Instagram post by @chelseastratso Chelsea Stratso

A few days ago I posted a little something on my story about how June was my best month ever financially, and I got some messages asking me how I did it. I don't know everything about business but I know enough to have been supporting myself on photography for almost a decade and running my business in Hawaii for three years so if you want to do something similar, here is a little bit of advice!
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Your clients should be your priority. That sounds pretty basic, but with social media it's so easy to get caught up in getting photos that you want to post or what is trendy right now. But what about what your client wants to hang on their walls? Make sure you are serving your clients first and making them a priority. Instagram is secondary.
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Rethink the term "ideal client." I know a lot of people who think of their ideal client in physical terms and that's an a-hole thing to do. My ideal client is someone who loves my style, HAS to have me as their photographer, and trusts me to create an amazing product for their wedding day or portrait session. I've done the homework and know who exactly that person is for my business, but at the end of the day, my ideal client wants me and loves my work!
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Don't let your ego stop you from growing. I let mine stop me for a long time, and guess where it got me? In the same exact place I started. No matter how much you know about photography or business, there is always someone who knows more than you that you can learn from. Invest in yourself, attend workshops, get a mentor. Basically: stop talking, and start listening.
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I get DMs all the time asking me questions like how I took a photo, how I moved my business to Hawaii, how I direct and pose clients - and I love answering! Feel free to drop in anytime. 📷 @emilychoyphotography

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