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To Leap, Or Not To Leap

Portrait // Dave

Over the past year or so I’ve been trying my best to practice taking pictures. The yoga studio I take photos for has helped so much in that way along with friends who have asked me to take pictures for them. I think I’ve found my favorite type of photography: portraits and lifestyle.

It’s kind of amazing how much the types of photography can vary too. They require various techniques, equipment, and set up. I think the eternal story teller in me, though, prefers doing the one-on-one type of photography because I get to know the individual(s) a little better. I get to tell a little bit of their story through photos.

Which leads me to wonder if I should get serious about registering and opening up my own little side business. At least I’d make a little extra money on the side to help pay for a list of items (sadly nothing exciting). Attempting to do so, however, requires a lot of paperwork, business plan, tax knowledge, and more. I’m sure I’ll even report a loss the first year, which is typical.

So is it worth it? I don’t know. But my gut sure thinks it is. So stay tuned.

The above picture was taken by me a few weeks ago of one of the yoga teachers whose class I try to attend weekly. He was so much fun to photograph! 

Oh and if you do have any advice on starting a small business, please let me know!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amy #

    DO IT!!! For what you’re doing, I don’t think you need a business plan. I don’t even have one. You can get started in seconds by requesting a EIN from the IRS and you can start off as a sole prop.

    November 3, 2014
    • Marie #

      Really?? I think I may need to email you about this.

      November 3, 2014
  2. Definitely a tough decision but I know you’d be legit, so would go through all that hassle of being a business. Good luck with the decision!

    November 3, 2014
    • Marie #

      Thanks Lisa!

      November 3, 2014
  3. San #

    What do you have to lose, lady? 🙂

    November 4, 2014
    • Marie #

      All I worry about losing is money. And I hate paperwork (but that’s just me being lazy).

      November 4, 2014
  4. Dawn #

    LEAP!!!!! Your photos are amazing! Go for it! I just signed up to donate a mini-session to our US Embassy auction, ay yi yi! We’ve got to take the leap some time right?!

    November 5, 2014
    • Marie #

      Oh yay!! I know, but allllllllllllllllllllllll the paperwork. Plus tax filing. Plus paperwork.

      November 6, 2014
  5. I have no idea how difficult it is or is not to start a side business like this but I would definitely consult actual photogs about not to find out.

    November 6, 2014
    • Marie #

      I’ve spoken to friends (in VA) who have their own small businesses and most of it is the same (paperwork to fill out, registering, etc.). I need to make a list of things I need to do and then just do it.

      November 6, 2014

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