I'm so excited to back with season 2 of "You're Not The Boss Of Me." This season will be a bit shorter than the last, because it's just me this time. All of these episodes will be short and sweet solo shows, but hopefully just as valuable.
I know how intimidating it can feel to have your picture taken, so I've explained how you can make the process less scary. I've also gone into quite a lot of detail as to why its important that you show your face within your business! I hope this gives you the confidence you need to have your portrait taken.
Have a listen and let me know what you think.
Interested in taking me up on my summer headshot offer? You'll get a headshot session with me, plus 30 minutes of coaching on your social media strategy... all for £200! See my portfolio here.
Get in touch below if you're interested.
Episode 5! How is that even possible that we're already half way through season 1... I'm shocked by how fast this first season is going, and how much fun I'm having in producing this show.
I'm thinking of doing a few mini solo episodes this summer, so let me know how that sounds to you. You can comment here, or send me a message over on Instagram @oliviabossert
Todays episode is with the amazing Tania Gault, a freelance photographer and content creator from the South of France, but based in London.
In this episode we talk about:
- how she got into photography and content creation
- what it's actually like being a freelancer
- how she made the transition into working for herself full time.
- what it was like for her to move from France to the UK
- why it's so important to have friends within business!
I really hope you enjoy the episode, let me know over on Instagram @oliviabossert
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So, you've started a business, and you need some really nice, professional images of yourself for your new website!
Or maybe you've been in business for a little while, and you're bored of your current headshots and want some new ones? Whatever the reason may be, getting your photograph taken for business purposes can be pretty scary, so I'm hoping that this guide will make the whole journey less scary, and far more fun!
1. Find your photographer.
Ok, this is an obvious one, but the reason I'm including it is to encourage you to spend time doing your research. Look at the portfolios of photographers in your area, and really spend time searching. There are millions of photographers all over the world, and most of us all have very different styles. It's important that you go with a photographer who's work you not only love, but who also looks on brand! Is your business really bright and colourful in its branding? Then you'll probably want to go for a photographer who shoots very bright and colourful images - not someone who shoots really dark and moody.
2. Ask them questions
Once you've found a few photographers you like, I'd recommend emailing them all, finding out what they charge, and ask them what their process is. Ask them when they're next available (some of us get booked up months in advance, so make sure you get in touch with plenty of time to spare!), and let them know about any specifics that you have in mind, or need for your business.
3. Don't be put off by price
A lot of people tell me they're shocked when they hear how much photographers charge for photoshoots. Don't worry, we aren't judging, but if you want to read an in-depth article on why photographers cost so much, I wrote a blog post all about it! The truth is, you're not just paying for the hour or two that you're with the photographer - you're paying for the pre-shoot preparation they have to go through, the actual photoshoot, the level of talent and skill your chosen photographer has, as well as the time spent in post production. All of this adds up, but I guarantee you its money well spent. These headshots will be the face of your business, and will be what allow YOUR customers to connect with you. Don't you want them to be amazing images?
4. Plan Your Shoot
Your chosen photographer will guide you through their process, but I recommend giving them a detailed list of what you're aiming to achieve with your images. Do you want a more lifestyle vibe to your photos? What kind of locations are you hoping to shoot in? Do you need any specific props? Get super detailed, and help your photographer know exactly what it is you need.
5. Take Time To Feel Good
This is probably one of the most important parts of this blog post - It's so important that you FEEL good when you go into your photoshoot. The better you feel, the more confident you'll be in your images, the easier it will be for your photographer, the happier you will be with your photos! I recommend getting your hair done, if you're a lady, get your nails done, maybe hire a professional make up and hair stylist. Go all out! You want to look and feel amazing for this - and always keep the end goal in mind: to help you to further grow your business.
6. What Is It Like Having Your Headshot Taken By Me?
I had to throw this in there because... *shameless self promotion!* I'm super excited to offer business headshots to business owners in Cornwall! I love chatting to creative business owners, and other self employed people, so why not offer my services to all of you as well? I work in a very natural, chilled out way. I tend to take people out to the beach, or on a coastal walk, and as we walk and talk, we stop along the way to take a couple of portraits. There's no flashes, no awkward poses, no cheesy grins if you work with me - so if you're after something more formal and corporate, I'm probably not your girl. I also love getting into people's work spaces, so maybe you need some photos of you at your desk, working away; I'd be happy to help!
And just because I thought it would be better for you to hear it from someone else, here is a little testimonial that Anna wrote me!
"Olivia is my go-to photographer for getting truly stunning shots for my business and blog. Her photography style is so dreamy, and I love that she is always keen to get in the outdoors and focus on harnessing natural light when possible, which she captures so perfectly. When we first met I was quite anxious about having my photo taken, but Olivia made me feel totally at ease in front of the camera - something I never expected to feel comfortable about! She's always organised with a plan of action, knows exactly how to get the best shots consistently, and is super professional and friendly all at the same time!”
Are you interested in having your business headshot taken? Get in touch via the contact form below, and I'll send you my pricing guide!
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have probably seen some of my latest Instagram Stories where I've been sharing what books I've been reading. Reading hasn't always been something I've done so actively; I was quite a slow learner when I was little, and I found it hard to learn how to read. When I did learn to read, I found it hard to keep my attention, or find books which really gripped me.
There were a few exceptions to that rule, and I definitely devoured a few books (hello reading Twilight instead of studying for my IGCSE's!) but they were quite rare.
I'd always been drawn to self improvement books when I was reached my teens, but felt far too embarrassed to even dream about picking them up. It wasn't until I turned 23 that I finally just let myself read whatever I wanted, and stopped caring what people thought.
Reading is now something I do daily, and fills my life with so much joy. I've learnt more in the last two years about business, and most importantly, about myself, than I ever thought possible, and most of it has been because of these books. I full on geek with this stuff; highlighters and pens are always by my side, and Tom does sometimes think I'm crazy, but it's the way I absorb things best.
So without further ado, here are the business and self improvement books that I've found to be the most helpful, and inspiring!
1. "You Are A Badass - How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life" by Jen Sincero * :This had to be number one, because I've just finished it, and I don't think this book will ever leave my side. It's amazing! A little bit "woowoo" for some people, but also very subtle, I've devoured this book. This book has it all, from teaching you how to meditate, to uncovering what limiting beliefs you have about yourself, to explaining how it's actually our subconscious which runs the show, not our conscious mind. It's full of little activities, and I encourage you to actually do them - I have, and they've already opened my eyes to a lot of weird things I do/think. This is a book you'll want to go back through time and time again, so do what I did and grab a pen and underline the bits that spoke to you the most, so that it's easy to get back to them! I've just started "You Are A Badass At Making Money," the "sequel" to this one (I'm not sure you can call it that, but you know what I mean) so I'll be sure to report back on how I find that one when I'm done!
2. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown * : Another book that I read very recently, and loved. Daring Greatly is all about vulnerability, and how once we accept our vulnerabilities and share them with others, we are not weaker, but much stronger. I've always been quite a vulnerable and sensitive person, so reading this was extremely powerful for me. If you feel like you struggle with showing your vulnerable side, this book is for you.
3. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie * : You've probably heard of this book... because let's face it, it's pretty famous. But for good reason; it's pretty amazing! This book is filled with practical advice topics such as: making friends, increasing your popularity, winning over new clients and customers, and being a better public speaker. I put off reading this book for a very long time, because it felt like something a bit arrogant to want to read, but it really isn't. It's simply about understanding human nature better, which can do nothing but help you in the long run!
4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert * : I won't lie, half the reason I bought this book was because of it's beautiful front cover. The other half, was because I heard EVERYONE raving about how good this book was for people working in a creative field. This book is very much like a template on how to unleash your creativity. Gilbert shares stories from her life, as well as the stories of people she's met along the way, that are inspiring, encouraging and sometimes a bit challenging. Big Magic really helps you to embrace what we love doing the most, as well as look at what we fear. It's definitely a book you should read if you work in any kind of creative field!
5. Essentialism by Greg Mckeown *: I like to describe "Essentialism" as the "minimalist approach to business." Minimalism can be seen as a bit of a trend at the moment, but I certainly believe it's much more than that. This book will help you to analyse where in your business, and life, you are working on things that are not essential. It can feel like a challenging perspective, but the more I read this, the more it began to make sense. "Essentialism" did a lot for me in terms of mindset, and definitely helped me to improve on my business. If you have a tendency to take on too much, or feel like you have to do it all, I highly encourage you to read this book!
So there you have it, 5 books I've loved, and highly recommend! Do you have any books that you could recommend to me? I'm always looking for new ones to add to my Amazon Wishlist!
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