- RECENT EVENTS, TIPS, AND OTHER GOODIES -
May 5, 2014
April 1st began a series that will allow me to be transparent about the people that have influenced my personal and professional growth. When I look at where I have achieved success, I can honestly say that I never did it alone. There was always someone there that believed in me, motivated me, encouraged me, or pushed me to continue. This series is dedicated to those people!
“If you admire somebody, you should go ahead and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them.” ― Kanye West
If I had to point out one thing that I like about social media is that it’s allowed me to meet so many people that I probably would not have otherwise had a chance to meet. Day 17 brings me to Danni / DFinney / Danielle Finney! I have been stalking her thru social media for some time now. I love how sharp and vibrant her images are and how she has branded her business through her logo design, colors, images and social media presence. Danni is one of those photographers where you know what the final outcome of your images will look like before you take them because they are so consistent. I love that and I have worked hard to achieve the same thing with my images. Although our editing styles are a little different (I tend to aim for light images in the city or rural areas and Danni goes for pops of color in city environments), I love her work and had always wondered what her voice was like, if she was as friendly as she appears on social media, what it was like to shoot with her and so on. Well I’ve come to find out that she is just as awesome in person as she appears online.
I attended the Blink! Conference last year and was so excited when I found out that Danni had been added to the list of speakers to discuss branding. We sort of knew each other via our social media accounts, but this was our first time meeting face to face. Several of the attendees met for breakfast one morning at The Pancake Pantry (OMG that place needs its own blog post- if you’re ever in Nashville- GO!) and we were all pretty tired from traveling. Danni was tired but pleasant and still found the humor in the extremely long line to get inside the restaurant.
At some point during the conference I mentioned to her that I wanted to do a mentoring session with her. I had done mentoring sessions with other wedding photographers, but Danni’s branding and style was so consistent that I needed to work with her to see where I was making mistakes. We had our session recently and I have already implemented some key take away, which has made a difference in my business.
What I admire the most about Danni is that she has been very successful in her business and still remains humble and upbeat and willing to help other photographers be more successful. There are some photographers that have half the success of Danni yet they aren’t as friendly and sincere as Danni. Danni I appreciate you for that. I wish for you is that your business continues to grow leaps and bounds!
If there are any photographers that are wondering if they should invest in one of her workshops, I encourage you to do so! You will walk away with valuable information and a systematic approach to being successful.
Danni, I hope that I can one day pour knowledge into newer photographers the same way that you have done for me and the many other photographers that you’ve helped to grow. Thank you for leaving a Watermark on my Soul!