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  • I am a wedding & family photographer based in Greenville NC. I love shooting and enjoy traveling throughout the United States for different photography events.

    To me, photography is a personal experience that allows a moment to be captured in time. My clients know that our time together usually involves lots of interaction and tons of laughter. The experience is designed to be fun and non stressful!

    I hope each of you visiting my page have had a chance to connect in some fashion to my images and I hope you return again soon!

    Thanks to each of my clients that allow me to be a part of their lives..you are what makes my business what it is! Until we meet again..Laurie

    and a big thanks to Shannon B. Atkins Photography for my fabulous bio picture!!

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How do you run your business??

This is a post I did a few years back on my old blog and after gettting another email referencing the appreciation for this knowledge, I figured it might be good to bring this particular post to the new blog. So except for a few changes this is pretty much copied from the one I did years ago. A few things to remember while reading… this information is for the state of NC (it does vary by state) and at any time this may change. So even though this gives good information, make sure you are taking the time to check into what your county and state says.

So many people (mom’s in particular) pick up a digital camera, take a few photos, and overnight become a photographer.  I’m not knocking it because I had a similar journey! But what this post will address is the business part of photography.  Many people reading this will say…. well I don’t really make money at it, so I don’t consider it a business.  I may challenge that with….. “Do you have a business name, do you have a website or Facebook fan page, do your charge for your pictures, do you have a logo or do you advertise your services?”  If the answer to any of those is yes, then I would say you probably are running a business, you are just trying to avoid the business part of it.  A lot of people combat that with…”But I don’t make any money, I’m just learning!” And even though that may be true, most businesses don’t make a profit during their first few years. Matter of fact, a typical business takes 5 years before it shows a profit.  But not making a profit does not eliminate you from the responsibilities you have with a business.

For me one of the hardest parts of being a photographer is the actual business part.  The book keeping, the payroll, the taxes, any one of those words can easily send me into a panic attack!!! But in all honesty I think just me knowing my weaknesses gives me an advantage in my business.  I know that sounds crazy but for me, I know I stink in those areas so I find qualified people that can help! To start with, my mom does all my book keeping. Not only is she 100% trustworthy but that is what her career was for years.  If there is a penny missing, she will crunch those numbers until it is balanced. And then I have an amazing CPA, Alex Pappas with H. Edwin Gray, that handles all my payroll, taxes, and any crazy questions I can muster. And by handle, he literally send me the forms I need to send each quarter with a little sticky that says…sign here with an addressed envelope and a sheet listing how much goes in each envelope.  On occasion I get people that ask how much my CPA cost me and my answer is always the same….”It’s not cheap but it’s worth it!” When it comes down to it, I know my business is being run the right way. Every business owner has to decide what they spend their money on and for me it’s a no brainer!! I’m going to pay to have an expert help me with the business part because simply, I’m clueless!

So, if you are one of those people trying to slide by and not pay taxes because, “it’s just a hobby”.  Then let it be a hobby and do what you love to do without the money involved.  But if you want to be a photographer and earn money, step up and do it right. Because if you don’t and you get caught, it won’t be good!! Just recently I called the NC Department of Revenue to settle some questions I had concerning sales tax. You see in our lovely state, photographers have to pay sales tax on everything not just their products!! That’s right…session fees, labor, anything we charge for is subject to the 7% sales tax.  This is something a lot of photographers don’t even realize.  Most photographers think sales tax is only applicable to their products, such as prints, albums, etc.  But in the state of North Carolina that couldn’t be further from the truth.. The auditor I spoke to personally showed me on the site where the bulletins where outlining it and proceeded to tell me, tons and tons of photographers have been audited on their sales tax over the past couple of years and have been caught not paying it correctly. So to any NC photographer that is not paying 7% sales tax on all their sales, please start!!! The auditor even told me that most of the ones caught weren’t doing it because they just didn’t know.  But not knowing doesn’t eliminate your responsibility when you run a business. If you are like me and you don’t know the business part, get a book keeper and a great CPA (if you need one I happen to know one).  You may think it’s a lot but I promise the penalties and fees for doing it wrong is worse!!

So there it is, my latest rants and raves.  This may not be a popular post and I’m fine with that but I’ll leave you with a image to remind you of how you may feel if you get caught doing it wrong……

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2015 Photography/Business Classes Announced

Beginners/Intro class

 The Beginners/Intro class will focus on learning more about your camera, distinguishing the different settings and why they are important. This class is a mixture of a short lecture, observation, then hands on learning.  A head-shot of each participant will be done by me – printing rights of image will be provided to each participant! This class will be limited to 10 people and will last 2.5 hours.  Each participant is required to bring their SLR camera and their manual for their camera.  Date/Time:  February 7, 2015 9am-11:30am

Cost is $150  (full payment is required to reserve a spot)

 

Pricing for Profit

You’ve been asking, so here it is once again! Have you started or do you want to start a photography business but you have no clue how/why to set your prices? Not sure how to set your base price or even how to make a profit from your business, well this class is for you! You will also receive a handout with some handy busines advice from a local CPA that has handled many photography accounts for years. You don’t want to miss this one! Date/Time: February 7, 2015 1:00pm

Cost is $30 (full payment is required to reserve a spot)

 

The Wedding Explosion

This class is a hands on approach to an actual wedding day. It will be held at a local venue with detailed coverage from the beginning of the wedding experience to the very end. This includes the interaction between clients, the importance of contracts, live shooting of a wedding day itself with an actual Bride & Groom (including getting ready, detail shots, a ceremony, and key reception moments).  It is designed to cover each moment…..from the first dialogue with the client to the delivery of the final product.  Tons of information, hands on instruction/shooting, and lunch is provided. Due to the hands on experience, this class is limited to a maximun of 10 students.  Date/Time: February 28, 2015

Cost is $500  (a non refundable retainer of $250 is required to hold a spot and the final payment of $250 is due February 5th)

 

Photographing Kids

This class was designed for those interested in learning how to photograph children. We will have a lecture part and a hands on shooting part with babies and children of various ages. (Newborns subjects will not be included as one of the models). For this class you will need to have an idea of how to use your camera. This class is more about posing and interacting with kids on how to get those perfect moments.  Due to the hands on experience, this class is limited to a maximun of 10 students.  Date/Time: March 14, 2015

Cost: $150  (full payment is required to reserve a spot)

 

One on One Photoshop/Photography 

Are you a hands on learner that is ready to go to the next level in your photography/editing but you need a little more direction?? Then a one one one session is perfect for you.  Sessions are a minimum of 2 hours and are customized to the area you want to learn/grow.

Cost is $75 per hour (weekday rates) or $125 per hour (evening/weekend rates)

Daily rates: $500 (9:00-5:00)  This does include a completely customized experience to help you grow in the area your business needs help. (It can include hands on shooting with a model, step by step guide in editing, business coaching, in camera tutoring, etc) It does also include lunch. These sessions are VERY limited!!!

 

TO BOOK A CLASS OR RESERVE A SPOT EMAIL ME AT:  lcphoto@suddenlink.net

 

 

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BLACK FRIDAY, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, & SUNDAY SAVINGS!!

So I’m not really sure that Sunday Savings is a real thing but it is in my book so I’m going to roll with it!! Everyone LOVES saving money and I totally get it, so if you have been waiting to see if you could save some money here is your chance!! There are some rules to this money saving deal so MAKE sure you read all the directions!!

RULES:

#1 – You must EMAIL me that you want a particular deal (don’t FB message me OR call/text me, it must be in EMAIL form – the address is lcphoto at suddenlink dot net)

#2 – You must write in the subject line  SAVE ME SOME MONEY!!

#3 – I MUST get your email no later than midnight on Sunday November 30th for this to count (please know I may not respond until Monday but if you get it on time you are safe and some of these deals are one day only, make sure you read completely!!)

So now the rules are out of the way, who’s ready to save some money!!!

 

Deal 1: 25% off all Print Orders, One on One Mentoring Sessions, Canvases, Gallery Wraps & Upcoming Classes

EXCLUDES: albums, mini sessions, digital rights to mini sessions, & wedding packages.

Dates & more details for classes will be announced within the week but here is a list of classes I will be offering:

Pricing for Profit

Photographing Kids: How to get that great shot

Wedding Extravaganza: From Beginning to End

Intro to Photography (learning how to shoot, use your camera, and overall good business advice)

 

Deal 2: BOGO Special!!! Purchase a normal standard session for $130 and get one FREE!!! This is awesome for those that want to have a least 2 sessions throughout the year OR you can keep a session and gift a session (Sessions include  up to 4 people and excludes Newborn, Senior, or Bridal sessions)

 

Deal 3: Purchase a gift card for $100 and get an additional $25 FREE

If  you are still reading…… for a limited amount of clients & for  Black Friday ONLY….

The first FIVE Brides that email me can purchase their High Resolution digital finals from their wedding for $550

AND the first FIVE regular clients that email me can purchase their High Resolution digital finals from their session for $150. (this special is only good for previous weddings/sessions it can not be applied to future weddings/sessions and it is good for the first FIVE ONLY)

And lastly for my new brides…. For the first bride to contact me about their upcoming wedding you can take 15% off your total package price. To receive the 15% off you must secure your wedding before this coming Sunday at midnight with a signed contract and your retainer fee.

Again for any of these specials make sure to email me at

lcphoto at suddenlink dot net  and don’t forget to type SAVE ME SOME MONEY in the memo line!!! Happy Shopping All!!

But I can’t leave without posting a few pics…… enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Boo…..

Dear Boo,

Today was the last time I will ever hug you or kiss you. I will no longer see your face as soon as I walk through the door or hear the little taps of your nails on the floor as you trot around our home. I will never look down at 2am while I am still editing and see you faithfully laying beside me. I will never get to sneak you on the bed again and snuggle with you because Dad said no more Boo on the bed. I will never get to tell you to stop cleaning yourself like a cat, clean up the gobs of hair that you daily lost that should at some point make you hairless because really how much hair could a little dog loose, or get to say that you can officially eat anything you heart desires because today I said my final good bye to you.  I have to say, I never could have imagined 16 years ago the journey I would be on with you!!

You have been my protector, my confidant, my lil shadow, and my best friend!! When I brought you home, you where so tiny and scared. You whimpered as I opened the fridge, cried as I cut on the stove, and wailed when I tried to play with you….. you boo hoo’ed all the time those first few days hence your name Boo. But that trait quickly changed!! You grew quickly into a feisty and funny dog. Dad still loves to tell the story of you chasing the cow through the field with me screaming right behind, sure you were going to get trampled. And I’ll never forget when that cow realized a lil runt was chasing him and decided to turn around, no longer be pursued but became the pursuer … we looked like an episode from scooby doo as that cow chased me and you through the field! Or how we literally almost pulled you out of Chad’s dogs mouth because you didn’t care he had 50lbs on, you were going to get that food that dropped. Or the way the word “bath” turned you into the tazmanian devil as you ran around the house spinning and turning, sure that this time you would escape me my hands and the evil water. Or even the times you would literally run from dad and hide under our king size bed right smack dap in the middle, just out of his reach, and dare him with your terrifying growls and snaps to try and grab you. And I’ll never forget how after bringing Justice home, you stationed yourself under his bassinet and snapped at any strange feet if they dare get too close. Or the way when my daddy died you let me hold you and sob into your fur when everyone else was gone. And I never imagined how I would sob uncontrollably as I made the decision that you had fought long enough. I never imagined how a quiet house could be almost deafening or how loosing you could shatter my heart but I know it was time.

I’m sure as time goes on, my heart will heal but today the tears are steady and the hurt is physically tangible. I already miss you a million times over but I can honestly say it was time to let go. There will never be another ankle biter that can steal my heart like you did… you were one in a million and I was blessed to call you mine!!!

I love you Boo Boo chuttin chuttin always and forever!!!!!

Thanks again to Will at Capturing Canines for capturing these amazing shots of our Boo!!!

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Morgan - January 7, 2015 - 8:42 am

I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss Laurie. Losing a dog is one of the most painful events in life, but you’ll see him again. Even the Pope says animals go to heaven. :). XOXO!

Wedding – Ayden Golf & Country Club – Steffani & Michael

Yes, again this is way past due but what better day to release this post than on Michael’s birthday!!! I have known Michael since he was a teenager, so when I found out he was getting married it was kinda surreal… could he really be that old? Could I really be that old?? Well I guess that answer was yes because it was happening!! Michael was marrying his high school sweetheart and I don’t know if there is another person that fits and balances Michael as much as Steffani does! If you ever have met Steff, you know there has never been a question as to why Michael loves her.. Steffani is kind, gentle, she looks for the best in people, she’s funny, and she is simply beautiful!!

As they said their I do’s, I snapped away and I may have even shed a few tears!! As crazy and silly as Michael can be, he is also a hopeless romantic that is completely and utterly in love with his bride! I loved that they chose me to share in their day, seeing their family and friends celebrate into the night warmed my heart!! It is clear of the love that surrounds them and it makes me smile!!

So take a jump back with me and see some of  my favorite images from their fan-tab-u-lous day!!!

Steff & Michael I love you both!!!

 

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