PhotoCon 2017, and a few surprises.

I'm sure many have heard at this point that I'm speaking at PhotoCon 2017.  While I'm excited and completely honored that I was invited to speak about sharing my workflow, quite honestly I'm nervous speaking in front of a crowd.  That being said, I want to make my conference fun, so I have a few prizes I'll be raffling off over the course of the hour.  I'll be speaking Friday March 17, at 12:00!  I only have a few tickets left to give away, so let me know if you'd like to attend.

These planners are AWESOME! You must be present at PhotoCon to win!

These planners are AWESOME! You must be present at PhotoCon to win!

Starting any sort of organization process for your business is not always easy. In fact to some, it can be downright overwhelming and boring.  I'm one of the weird ones however, and I love staying organized.  I can find things at a moments notice, everything is color-coded, birds are singing, skies are bluer, yadda yadda yadda...  

Over the holidays, I visited the pop-up shops downtown and came across this neat shop called  The LL Studio run by Lindsey La Valle in Tuttle.  She makes these awesome planners that I fell in love with.  My Christmas present to myself was one of her planners- and it was one of the best investments I could make for my business to start off 2017.  I recently visited Lindsey in her studio, and what an great little place that is!  Easy to find right off the main road, and of course I love Tuttle!  I picked up 2 more planners to give away during my speech, and I'm so excited.  She also makes custom planners, so if you have ideas you'd like to incorporate, she can handle all of that!

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Now, it's really easy to go to Target, Walmart, Amazon, or wherever to get a planner.  I'm not talking down on any of these places at all-but I made a point to shop local this last year for Christmas.  I'm a small business.  It pains me when I see past clients going to Target for their family photos- but I know why they do it.  When you shop local however, you are supporting the people in your own community.  As a small business, there are times of the year when things are slow.  Painfully slow.  Running a small business can be very difficult depending on what your specialty is.  When someone comes along within the community to buy what you are selling, you are forever grateful, and will always remember that.  We all have to work together to stay afloat.  I recently heard a saying by my good friend Terri, "A rising tide lifts all boats."  It's true.  When times are slow, and you need a few clients to get through the month, do you think Target is going to refer people your way?  Do you think Walmart is going to say, "Our prints are ok, but you should really go and support Leia, a local photographer, she sells prints too!" Um. No.  We have to lift each other up.  Together, we can support each others businesses.  This shouldn't be done just around the holidays either, this should be done ALL YEAR LONG.  I want to recognize Lindsey, and the great product she has created; along with her willingness to customize something that we can ALL use for our own individual businesses (try finding that kind of service at a big box store).

I've been using her planner since the start of the year, and it's helped me tremendously in staying organized and planning future weeks.  I don't feel so overwhelmed by the day anymore, I know exactly what I'm doing, and what needs to get done the following week.  

I hope you'll check Lindsey's studio out, and I can't wait to see you all in March!

Have a great week!

~Leia

Leia Smethurst

Leia Smethurst Photography, PO Box 18694 , Oklahoma City, OK 73154, United States