Let's talk about you....
I bet you thought 'About Us' was going to be all about me! Absolutely not. It literally means ABOUT US .......as in you and me! But mostly you. Because all of this is about you, and what a collaboration between us will do for you. It's all about inspiring you, coaching you, guiding you towards your career and business success.
What's it like for you right now?
Are you experiencing self doubt and wondering "do I have what it takes to do this?"
Maybe you're looking at other photographers and thinking "they're all so much better than me!".
Or are you suffering with that debilitating imposter syndrome where you feel like a fake who doesn't have the experience or the right to do what you do?
Are you convincing yourself (and others) with excuses as to why you're not making your move?
Are you simply scared?
I promise you you're not alone. These are the emotions and experiences that plague the best of photographers starting up or running a small business.
There's so much to learn and do:
understand who your ideal client is
get on board with social media
building a website
and arrrgghhhh.......so much more!
I'm here to help you.
You're starting a photography business (or already have your business) because there's something special about you. At some point you had a dream and are at a very important chapter in your life....wading through the realisation of that dream.
You know that you have something which means you can help someone else. This is what your business is about.
You're right here, right now......and I want to help you break through these barriers and help your transformation towards your success.
A bit about me too....
So I'm Denise, and the people that I love (including you!) call me Dee.
I've always felt completely at home when I'm teaching and coaching others, sharing what I know. If I could knit, I'd want to show the world how to knit too!
I've worked at many things throughout my adult life, but they've always led back to the same place.....teaching and coaching.
When I was in my mid 20s I took a coaching course in word-processing and IT (that was the thing in the early 90s!). When I left my secure job, that was what I did - teach others.
I'm a yogi at heart (and I used to be a gym bunny....really?!). But that meant I just had to do my teacher training. So in my early 30s I qualified as a fitness instructor/gym coach and a yoga teacher. I have to say, yoga has never gone away and I don't think it ever will. That's helped me to connect with who I am on a massive scale. I didn't leave it there, I then qualified to coach and qualify student yoga teachers. This was a huge challenge for me because to do this I had to get into the psyche of so many different people - I learned a lot about myself in this time too.
I've also been a certified workplace mentor, I've delivered corporate training, train-the-trainer.....you name it.
I'm a professional photographer; and when I set up my business I tried and tested so many ways to make it work. When I finally got there.....ditching things that didn't work and honing things that did, I won an Award. I was shocked and stunned. I actually won an award for my business!
So you can see, photography and coaching is where I've landed, I truly feel that. And the yogi in me is what really keeps me grounded and focussed.
As a professional photographer, I shoot weddings and anything 'people'. That's what I love, people. And I also teach photography to beginners and hobbyists. Again, I feel so at home doing that.
Can you see that continuous thread throughout my working life? It's where I'm meant to be. Coaching. People. All of this has been yelling at me!
"Dee, get out there and help others do the best they can! Help people to reach their goals, help them to find their truth!"
So here I am. I'm right here, right now for you. The thing you probably want to know is with all that experience, am I trained to coach. The answer is most definitely yes! When I decided to listen to and answer my calling, I went ahead and got myself trained and certified as a Business Coach.
Oh, I'm also a mum to two beautiful, clever, creative and funny humans. I'm a wife to my soulmate; the most awesome and and incredibly talented guy. And I love my crazy anti-social dog!