The Grand Opening!

We had an open evening for all our nearest and dearest a couple of days before we officially opened on the 16th July. It was quite emotional to actually sit back and look at what we had achieved in the space of only 5 weeks!!! My parents were there and my Dad was overcome with emotion, he was so proud of me and if there’s anything to achieve in life then that was it, because my Dad has always been my inspiration, i don’t know anyone is as skilled and hard working as him so if i’ve got an of that in me then i’m a happy girl!

IN ONLY 5 WEEKS WE WENT FROM THIS

TO THIS…

I am so proud of what we achieved because it wasn’t just the renovation, it was the whole thought process, the planning, decision making, buying everything for the building work to the albums showcasing our work from Portugal, the advertising and we somehow managed to keep it all within our budget of £1200!!

Albums from KOY LAB, based in Portugal. We decided to use these after seeing their products at the Newborn Photography Show, Coventry.

Wall Products from PRINT FOUNDRY, we also decided on these at the Newborn Photography Show, the quality is outstanding.

Outdoor Signage was made by ASAP SIGNS, wrexham. And all the other posters, banners etc were sourced from companies on ebay.

So we opened our doors on saturday 16th July and our online promotions & widespread leaflet drop had worked really well as we had a constant flow of people through the door all day. We were giving out gift bags with a voucher, information & chocolate to everyone that came and that was really successful as it filled up our calendars with bookings throughout the following months.

voucher

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Design a logo, that’s easy….right?!

We were hoping to open at the beginning of July but the renovation work took longer than expected so we weren’t able to focus on our products, signs, stationary & advertising until that was complete.

The designing of everything actually took a lot longer than i thought….because it all had to match, and look right, and say the right things…..and figuring out our prices was so difficult because we wanted to draw people in this year to build up our client base but not be too cheap so that it doesn’t make our services look very good.

Also Kamila wants to specialise in womens photography and i want to specialise in newborn photography so trying to create designs that suited both was really difficult. In the end we decided on keeping it really simple, a classic font for our studio name – Kamisuze Photography Studio and that way it wouldn’t clash with either of our genres.

kamisuze-logo

We went to see an accountant to discuss the best way to run the business because i am already set up as a sole trader and if we were to set up Kamisuze Photography Studio as a business then it would complicate things a lot and i would end up having to do 2 tax returns. So we decided to just keep it as just the name of the studio, it doesn’t have an income, Kamila carries on as Kamila Kosior Portraiture and i as Perfect Moments Photography we each get paid individually from our own clients and then put a set amount into a joint account to pay the rent & fees for the studio. For now this seemed like the most sensible way around it, i have spent 4 years building up recognition of my business so i don’t want to abandon it.