Doing this kind of job is very isolating as everything happens online and I don't get much interaction face to face. Well I came up with a cunning plan, get out and meet people that work in the industry and share my experiences with them!
Over the last few months I have set this plan in motion and had some great meetings and also coffees with people to collaborate thoughts. First off I had a great hour with Leah Van Zyl who runs a business networking group, she is also part of the BNI, runs a busy and successful photography business as well as being a wife and mum. A woman after my own heart.
Her business Leah Van Zyl Photography offers FREE, yes free, engagement shoots. I offer FREE, yes free, save the dates. Can you see where I am going here? We think that there is a beautiful partnership in here and can't wait to share more details about this with you in a future blog post, once we have had time to set it all up! Summer is very busy for photographers and a mum with children to look after.
Selfie (or groupie!) taken by Lex Fleming
Then on to the London Wedding Breakfast Club, where I met with a large group of wedding professionals over a rather tasty brunch and we talked social media, blogs and PR! It was so much fun and I have made some great contacts. My Photography Focus blog is going to be awesome!! I also spoke with venues, stationers and wedding planners. Big thanks to Lex for making them happen.
It is great to share and also spread the word about Paperless Wedding. What was also brilliant was how many people actually knew my company, "Ooo Paperless Wedding, I remember your tree logo!' Or 'I have had an invite from you' is just music to my ears. I know what we offer is unique and not many people have had a digital wedding invitation. Email wedding invitations offer quick delivery and easy RSVP. Everyone also said how cheap they thought we were too, but don't worry I am not going to put up my prices any time soon!!
Finally I met two sisters at a wedding show. They run I'm the Planner, which I have blogged about before (see here!). Meeting with Mel over dinner and a glass of wine was also brilliant. We have been on hand to offer support, advice and more importantly encouragement to each other. It goes to show that even though you work alone you don't have to be alone.
So it is funny that now when I have a question, I feel I have a group of people that I can go to. It is not so lonely anymore, so a big thank you to all the people I have met and I look forward to meeting up again in the future!