Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in photography but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Amanda Mandola, Owner of Amanda Mandola Photography: Houston Newborn Photographer, LLC., located in Houston, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I specialize in posed newborn and studio maternity photography. My clients have driven hours to visit my studio, but most come from Houston.
Tell us about yourself
I have a background in NICU and pediatric nursing. As a nurse, my absolute favorite patients were babies. I am sensitive to babies' feelings and comforts. I enjoy catering to their needs, and honestly, my emotions mimic theirs. Their happiness is mine. I love sharing knowledge with new parents (if they're open to it) about topics such as paced feeding, colic, etc. I love maternity sessions because I love celebrating their baby with them and making them feel gorgeous! I pour my heart into every newborn and maternity session, and at the end, I feel this inner peace as if I spent hours meditating or praying. I am so thankful to be a part of my client's sweet beginnings.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Two things: becoming profitable and winning photography awards. Newborn and maternity photography can be expensive to invest in, so believe it or not, I was winning awards well before I actually became profitable.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The most difficult thing about being a business owner is wearing ten different hats, especially in today's world. I keep up with social media, my website, SEO, tax planning, financial planning, marketing, etc. One day I would like to be in a place where I'm only doing what I love most: photographing, editing, and communicating with my clients.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Get legal from the beginning like I did. So many photographers don't, and I have heard so many horror stories. Only buy high-quality items. Don't waste your money on cheap props, lighting, and technology. Do your CODB calculations, and price yourself accordingly. If your prices are too low, you will burn yourself out.
Where can people find you and your business?
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