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My photography business is heating up! What started off as a retirement hobby is now a full-fledged part-time job, as I have branded myself a Commercial Photographer (for Temecula and its vincinity) specializing in food/beverage, product and event photography for business websites and social media.
July was a big month as I crossed a big business milestone - 40 paid photo projects (since December 2016, when I officially turned pro)! It is absolutely unbelievable how quickly the photography business has ramped up as word of mouth continues to build. I feel like I was meant to be a photographer - it all comes easily for me and I enjoy all aspects of photography, from booking/preparing the shoot, to the actual photo shoot, to the editing process that transforms the raw photos into appealing images that help to sell products and services for the clients, to daily learning and improvements that breed confidence in my photography, to finally sharing the finished product with satisfied clients and then with my fanbase on social media.
My learning curve in photography has been short; I started my journey with digital photography in January of 2016 (on my first day of retirement from Sales), when I started to take my DSLR seriously and laid out a success road map for myself - "SELL" (Share, Edit, Light, Learn) something daily (of course, for a career salesperson!), and take 10,000 pics for the year. I accomplished both, and got my first paid gig in December, and haven't looked back. Now that I'm 40 gigs into my career, I feel like I am only beginning to scratch the surface of my potential as a photographer. My goal is to one day be a commissioned photographer for a national brand, and to sell my landscape photography in galleries.
Among the summer gigs are two I'm especially proud of - Rancon Realty's listing of Maurice Carrie Winery, and a 3-week shoot of our local shopping mall the Promenade of Temecula. Both are featured on my website, in the "Commercial Services" collections. If you have time, have a look, and check out some of the latest landscape shots in the "Fine Arts" collection as well.
Maurice Carrie Winery is one of the original wineries in Temecula, and features stunning 92-acres of vineyard, a huge wine storage facility for multiple local wineries, a bottling plant, award-winning wine, spacious wine-tasting room, restaurant, private party facilities and hosts arts/craft markets twice weekly. I did beauty shots of the winery, vineyard, restaurant, patrons & wine-tasters, and aerial shots to show off the enormous size of the property. Here's their e-brochure featuring my photography: https://temeculawineryforsale.com/
The Promenade Mall of Temecula is a fantastic outdoor/indoor shopping experience, and I took 3 weeks to shoot it. It was so much fun to find new and fresh angles to promote everything the mall has to offer, from the cool stores like Apple, DisneyStore and Lulumon, to restaurants like P.F.Chang's and Yardhouse, to the wine walk (of course, this being wine country Southern California), to the electric train that operates on the second level of the mall, to the fun water fountains in front of Edwards Theater, to the weekly J.C.Penny Kids Club experience, to the Farmer's Market in the parking lot on Wednesdays. I can go on and on, but you'll just have to come and spend some time in our premium mall and experience the best big "little" town in Riverside County!
Anyways, thanks again for spending some time with me. Have a fantastic August and keep cool!
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