Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mosaic Monday: My Photography Business



Some of you may remember my New Year's day post, in which I chose the word accomplish as a guide for myself in 2011. I listed several goals for the year, but the big one -- the scary one -- was to start a portrait photography business. I'm a little closer to that goal this week, as I have just put the finishing touches on my professional website.

Last summer, I mentioned to my hair dresser that I was interested in finding some children to photograph -- to see if I could get some practice in doing portraits. She led me to several families, who led me to several more... the result was a lot of practice for me, with the promise that I could use the images on a professional website. The result for the families was a free photo shoot. Some of the families used my images for their Christmas cards. I also did a newborn shoot, and the family used my photo for their birth announcement.

It was great fun, and I learned so much with each new family. I still feel as though I have a lot to learn, but I think I'm ready to make this business a reality, at least in a small way.

Now let's have some mosaic fun! Here are the instructions:
1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post. The post may be about any subject you wish. The only stipulation is that it include a collage, or mosaic of photos.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
That's all there is to it! It's always a good idea to then check and see if your link is working. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: mrcarroll(at)optonline

And a quick reminder: if you would like to join Mosaic Monday but don't know quite where to start, there is a tutorial on mosaic-making on my sidebar. Just scroll down, and click on the small blue mosaic.

71 comments:

  1. Congratulations! It looks like you are off to a good start. The photos are delightful!

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  2. Best of luck with your photography business. The photos you shared today are wonderful.

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  3. Beautiful photographs!!! And such sweet subjects, you've captured them very well. Thanks for the party.
    Cindy

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  4. Mary you really have the talent and the eye for photography! Blessings on your endeavors!

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  5. Mary, Your portraits are so wonderfully expressive! I could feel the life and excitement in those children. Congratulations, you are a great photographer.

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  6. Mary, your portraits of the children are just beautiful. I wish you all the best on your new business. I do think you are off to a good start.

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  7. That's what I suspected! I'll bet the families that worked with you on the shoots are delighted with their photos/portraits and will soon be sending more your way. You obviously have a way with children - lovely photos, all. Good luck!

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  8. Mary...You definitely have the talent to go far with your new business. I am so glad you persevered. My daughter has talked of doing the same thing one day. These portraits are filled with life and personality, and the captures are awesome. Good luck and thanks for sharing your exciting new news with some of your shots. Genie

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  9. Good luck to you in your new endeavor! These are great photos. You are very talented, I'm sure you will do well!!

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  10. My husband and I have just been looking at the children's portraits and we both think that you have got a talented eye for this kind of work and obviously the rapport with children. It's exceptional stuff, Mary. Truly. All the very best with it! I think you're going to be much in demand.

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  11. Oh I am sure those families were thrilled with the photos. The children are darling and your photos are gorgeous. V

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  12. Gorgeous photos! I wish we lived closer - I'd hire you to take some family portraits. Wishing you much success!

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  13. Congratulations!! And good for you, my friend. I think you're a natural for this kind of work and I love the images you've captured here. Bravo ~

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  14. Wonderful! The photos are just beautiful! ::Jill

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  15. The photo's are fantastic! Congratulations on your new venture, you are so talented and creative, business will be booming!

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  16. Congratulations, Mary. I am so happy and so proud of you.

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  17. Mary, congratulations. Your web site looks terrific. Well done and good luck!

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  18. Those are beautiful photos! Best of luck to you on your new venture...I think you're off to a wonderful start. You seem to have a special touch with children!

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  19. I'm sure you'll be a success! Your photography and portraits are wonderful...love the little guy holding the quarter :-)

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  20. Congratulations! you have done a beautiful job of photographing those children. Thanks for sharing your talents, and hosting again this week.

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  21. Congratulations Mary. I have always loved your blog and photos. Just fabulous! Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

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  22. I'm so excited for you! Doing something you love always gives you wonderful results! You are very talented and this helps you use your talents! KUDOS! ♥

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  23. The photographs of those beautiful children will bring joy to their families long after they are grown. Congratulations to you, Mary. My prediction is that you will accomplish what your dream was with great success. Best of luck to you!

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  24. This is fabulous news Mary, your pictures are beautiful. Congratulations!!!

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  25. Mary your children and family portraits are fabulous! You captured the natural joy of childhood in these children. The best of luck in your new business! think you will be in demand very soon!
    ♥ Pat

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  26. Congratulations, Mary. You will do very well at this as your practice shots are beautiful. I am joining you for Mosaic Monday for the first time today. Thanks for hosting. I always enjoy them. Pamela

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  27. You have captured some enchanting facial expressions and great character in these photos! Beautiful!

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  28. Mary, I'm probably pushing it a bit but I have entered three mosaics to show what a fun evening we had in Mexico. Mosaic Monday is just perfect for me!! Thanks so much for hosting.
    The photos of the children are absolutely precious. You are very talented!!
    Have a great week.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  29. I'm so happy for you Mary. And you really went about it the right way, with lots of practice and planning. I look forward to viewing your new website. Best of luck!

    Happy Mosaic Monday!

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  30. Beautiful pics girl...love those black and whites...best wishes for your new business...it's sure to go far....have a great week sweetie...Picket

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  31. You captured some great moments. I love the picture right under the picture of the little guy holding the quarter in the first mosaic. The little guy looks like he's just walking in from the right side of the frame and I just adore the look on his little face! Good job and great for you on your accomplishment.

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  32. Your pictures are simply stunning. I think you did a fabulous job. I love them all. Hugs, marty

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  33. There is nothing as beautiful and precious as the children. Your photographs are amazing.
    QMM

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  34. Oh Mary your web site is magnificent. I just love everything that you do, but now you have really created something brilliant. I am the first to follow your photography blog.

    I always feel that the look in the face of the child being photographed truly reflects the trust in the photographer. I wish you much success in your new world. I remember a long time ago when you were deciding what to do next. Looks like you have more than reinvented yourself, you have blossomed into the girl that has always lived right there inside your heart.

    Karen

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  35. These are wonderful!!! Just gorgeous! Glad you are moving to the next level--you are definitely ready!!

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  36. Mary, you are so talented that I know you are going to be a huge success in your photography business. Congratulations in taking the next step. I am so happy for you!

    (((hugs))),
    Ricki Jill

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  37. Congratulations on finishing your website for your photography business. A big step. Your photographs are fabulous, you will be very successful, your very talented.
    Thanks for hosting your meme........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  38. Wow, these are fabulous. Congratulations on taking the next step. I wish you much success. ~ Sarah

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  39. Hi Mary,

    Just stopping back to say I created a special post for Mosaic Monday to celebrate your new web site.

    Have a lovely Monday.
    karen

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  40. Congrats! All the photos are wonderful.

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  41. Sounds like you're well on your way...these shots are wonderful!!

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  42. Congratulations Mary! Lovely site and portfolio! I know business will booming for you!

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  43. Thank you for Mosaic Monday! I look forward to all week. It makes the world a little smaller and makes us all friends.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Best wishes,
    Markus

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  44. Your photos of the children are beautiful...I hope you will do well in this fun endeavour.

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  45. Beautiful photos Mary! Wishing you well with your new business!

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  46. Dear Mary,
    Congratulations on fulfilling your goal/dream.
    If these shots are anything to go off your new venture will be a great success.
    The first colour photo of the mother & daughter is stunning.
    Thanks as always for hosting MM.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

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  47. congratulations on your new business. These photos show what an accomplished and natural born photographer you are.
    Happy MM

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  48. Hi Mary,

    Congrats! I'm glad you are fulfilling your goals. Your portraits are stunning! Wishing you all the best.

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  49. Stunning work Mary! Good luck with your new venture.

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  50. Morning Mary, thank you for hosting MM . Your photographs are wonderful. good luck and very best wishes in your business venture. Jackie in Surrey, UK.

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  51. it must feel good to "accomplish" one of your goals - good for you- and I wish you much success!
    amy of four corners design

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  52. Best of luck with your new business venture. Your website looks great!

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  53. Wonderful. Congratulations and best of luck. No doubt you will be a success!

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  54. Congrats Mary! Your website looks great. And you have really captured "the souls" of the children in your photos. Best wishes for the future.

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  55. What beautiful photos, and what lucky families to have someone that loves what she is doing to take the photos...Your joy shows...Keep up the good work...

    Blessings Kelsie

    PS: The website is looking great too.

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  56. Happy Monday!

    I just popped over from a friend's blog and I'm truly amazed at your beautiful blog. I'm becoming a follower. New to the blogging world, I love to see this world in such a wonderful way to travel!

    Many continued blessings, Donna
    grandma4five

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  57. Now, you HAVE to do it!!! =D Congratulations, Mary, on this step. Your courage is wonderfully beautiful!

    The first B&W pair - even though I've seen them several times, before - they just always draw me in. The little girl's expression is priceless. They look like classic illustrations from some wonderful kind of well loved book except, the style is new and all your own. That's the best that I can describe it but they do seem to be in some special kind of very own world, there.

    Anyhoo! =]

    Love, Katy xxoo

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  58. Beautiful shots Mary, I wish you the best on the new endeavor!

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  59. Oh Mary, this is very exciting!
    Your portraits look wonderful -- great depth and personality. GOOD LUCK!!!!
    Darn, I still need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. After Alida's wedding!

    Thanks for hosting. I never would have attempted a collage without your link party.
    Now -- make the rain stop!
    Cass

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  60. Dear Mary!
    Very nice photos you are delivering! It is not easy to take portraits...
    Good luck with your new profession!
    Best wishes,
    AnnA

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  61. Mary, these are wonderful shots! You are so inspiring to me, thank you for hosting and much success in your newest endeavor!!

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  62. Congratulations Mary, Took awhile for these to download on my computor and well worth. Im in aww . Just so Beautiful. Im off to visit your new Web page. All the very best.
    xox

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  63. Congratulations, dear Mary! I'm so excited for you and proud of you for taking this step! Wishing you the greatest success!! xoxo – g

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  64. I know you'll be successful Mary, your photos are beautiful!

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  65. I was just telling my honey that this is what I want to do too, but I am scared silly. I guess the responsibility of it or the fear of success, I don't know what keeps me from it, but I've been postponing this for years. Your photos are wonderful and very beautiful. How do you know what to charge? Have you charged at all yet? Am I asking to personal of questions?
    peace n abundance,
    CheyAnne

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  66. I Just went over to your new site and wow is it beautiful. and that answered my questions pretty much. Do you then sell them a CD of the edited prints. That's what I'm thinking of. But I love your pricing. I've seen some that are out of this world and don't know how anyone can afford them. I would rather have more enjoy for less money.

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  67. This is wonderful, congratulations to you! The website looks great!

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  68. I am so proud of you Mary!

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