We can’t wait to announce the details of Branches & Light 2013 later this month! In the meantime, we’re catching up with our alumni to hear about their B&L experience, and find out about all the amazing things they are doing in their businesses now.
Name: Ruthie Allen
Company: Ruth Eileen Photography
Based In: Boston, MA
What year did you attend B&L? 2011
Before B&L, I never thought I’d:
I never thought I’d be booking weddings that I love that are my own style… but I am!! I remember specifically at B & L listing out what my ideal client would be, thinking, “there is no way I’ll be booking clients like this”. “This is going to take forever!” Once you can get your mind set on what you want your business to look like and how you want to attract that perfect client, the rest is easy. You will start booking those weddings that you’ll love! It’s SO awesome looking back at my notebook from B & L and seeing how far I’ve come in my business. God is SO good! :)
What I love about the B&L community:
I have loved the friendships that have blossomed with other B & L attendees. All of them have been so encouraging and I couldn’t ask for a better network of ladies! I’ve even had the privilege of shooting alongside one for a destination wedding in AZ (thanks Kate!)!
What I have made happen since B&L, big and small:
I’ve moved to Boston, Massachusetts and have continued to grow my business here. Within 4 months of living in Boston I had booked and shot 2 weddings! As well as 2nd shooting with multiple wedding photographers in the area! I shot my first ever destination wedding in Aruba! One of my goals from B & L was to have my work featured on a wedding blog. Last year I was featured on 4 wedding blog… YAY! I also did my first styled shoot. Which was also one of my goals that I listed at B & L.
What I’m working hard on now:
I’ve been working hard on my rebrand (new logo, new website/blog). A whole new look for REP! I’m hoping to launch June 29th! I’m also working hard right now to stay on top of all my weddings & sessions. I’ve got a busy season ahead of me and this is so important to me so that I don’t get overwhelmed.
Best advice to others starting their photography businesses:
List your goals out! I know both Caroline & Nancy are big about this and I’m so thankful for the encouragement from both of them to do it. It seriously made such a difference in my personal and business life. It’s so fun to see small or big goals get crossed off that list every month!
Anything else you’d like to share:
Caroline & Nancy, thank you so much for doing these workshops! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from you both. You pushed me to be confident in my work and to not give up. You both inspire me so much! I’ve grown leaps and bounds in my business and I owe a lot of that to you ladies! :)