A home photography business doesn’t necessarily require formal photography training. What it does require is a passion for photographic art, an artistic flair, the technical skills to operate the equipment and the ability to market the business.
Someone who is still in high school or college can start out preparing for a home photography business by taking photos for the yearbook or the student newspaper. A basic photography course would be very helpful as well. Nowadays it’s good to know how to operate both a 33 mm and a digital camera. Local community colleges often have very reasonably priced community education courses, many that involve just one class in the evening or on the weekend. Colleges that offer Lifelong Learning Centers for folks 50+ have courses as well, and some of these are taught by very experienced retired home photography business professionals and little or no cost.
There are many types of photography and the home photography business entrepreneur may want to specialize, perhaps in photography for news organizations such as the local daily or weekly paper, in advertising photography for local magazines and local firms that need to market their products. One of the most common forms of home photography business is for events and celebrations such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, and other events. These can be especially lucrative as repeat business and excellent multiple referrals.
Travel photographers have exciting home photography business lives, although it takes a lot of skill and a lot of travel expense and practice photography before that first paid vacation is finely paid for.
Some folks create a home photography business working as photojournalists or specializing in medical or science photographers. While quite lucrative, these almost require a four year degree with extensive photography and communication training. A college photography internship is a wonderful foot in the door for a home photography business as well.
A portfolio is a must for building clientele for a home photography business. This means taking lots and lots of unpaid photo shots to show off exceptional talent to potential clients.
Helpful ways to learn the ins and outs of home photography and a home photography business are by working as an assistant to a photographer, by joining associations and organizations of fellow photographers and by attending seminars and workshops on home business and photography.
There are also much cheaper ways to learn them directly from your home by downloading eCourses from the web.
PartyPOP.com recently announced free wedding invitations and an RSVP website for any engaged couple in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The company has re-purposed their 2012 marketing budget in hopes of building brand awareness and loyalty. According to reports from within the Southern California based company, it’s working.
PartyPOP.com features over 2 million highly accomplished and professional companies in the event planning industry. Some of these companies include Jay Bee, The Polynesian Dance Troupe, Brides and Bloom and A Change of Face Inc. – Face and Body Painting.
Based in Miami, Florida, Jay Bee has over twenty years of experience performing locally and internationally. Jay entertains audiences with a variety of musical styles including Motown, Funk, Disco, Rock, Beach Music, Country, Reggae, Latin and Smooth Jazz. Jay also performs with his group, Crossover. Crossover offers a blend of Smooth Jazz, R&B, Rock, Disco, and Latin with their combined musical experience and passion. As a solo artist, duo, trio or with his full band, Jay can deliver musical diversity and set the mood of any event. More information can be found online at http://www.partypop.com/v/4350360.
The Polynesian Dance Troupe enhances the esthetic at events and parties of all sizes in Orange County, California. Corporate and private parties, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings are some of the occasions they serve. The professional dancers have won numerous first place awards in statewide competitions and have performed in Tahiti and Europe. The Troupe’s entertainment is fun and appropriate for kids and adults alike. During kid’s parties, shows can include dance lessons, games, crafts and teachings on various Polynesian islands. Adult shows always encourage audience participation to keep things fun and entertaining. Polynesian Dance Troupe can be found online at http://www.partypop.com/v/4057103.
Brides and Bloom is a floral wholesaler located in Tampa, Florida. The company specializes in floral supplies, wholesale flowers, wedding flowers, and other events. Customers can pick and choose any beautiful fresh cut flowers they desire. Their choices are then shipped from the grower directly to the designated location. The company works with farms in Ecuador, Columbia and Holland to name a few.
Brides and Blooms ships to a variety of events including fundraisers, birthday gatherings, anniversaries, bar or bat mitzvah, business conferences, quinceanera and holiday parties. The company specializes in popular and exotic fresh flowers and offer personalized, caring assistance to its patrons. More information can be found online at http://www.partypop.com/v/4070600.
Jackie Green owns and operates A Change of Face Inc. and Artistic Exposure– Face and Body Painting in Denver, Colorado. Artistic Exposure offers custom body and face painting for any event, promotion, or occasion. The company entertains crowds of all ages and any size. Jackie tailors work to the audience creating unique and enchanting designs to spur imagination. In addition to painting faces, Jackie will also paint wall murals, do henna tattoos, and prenatal belly painting. Jackie has won first, second, and third place prizes in numerous international painting competitions and has conducted classes and workshops across the United States. For more information click http://www.partypop.com/v/4092068.
About PartyPOP.com: the largest party, wedding and event planning online network:
Before the Internet era, the professionals at PartyPOP.com were successful hands-on party planners and special event producers. For more than a decade PartyPOP has translated 30 years of party planning experience onto the Internet. Millions of vendors are listed on the network consisting of 60+ websites and tens of millions of customers have used the network to plan their parties, weddings and events. PartyPOP.com also provides party and event related tips, themes and ideas, as well as a free full wedding planning software called Seating Arrangement.
About Free Printed Invitations by PartyPOP.com:
PartyPOP provides every bride and groom across the USA, Canada and the U.K. with free beautifully designed wedding invitations, printed on 80lbs card stock paper with matching envelopes and wedding website. Even door to door shipping is included at no cost. There are no hidden fees, no obligations to buy and no strings attached!
Get ready for bigger build-ups and bigger crashes, as the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game Jenga® now has its own GIANT counterpart! Jenga® GIANT™ debuts on Amazon and with other retailers this month, joining the world famous Jenga® brand which has sold more than 70 Million games worldwide.
Manufactured and distributed by Art’s Ideas, Jenga® GIANT™ is the only genuine, licensed, giant, wood Jenga® game. It weighs a total of 17 lbs. and can stack up to three feet and higher! Jenga® GIANT™ uses the same rules as Classic Jenga® and comes with 54 precision cut, high quality, polished hardwood blocks in a sturdy box designed as a game play platform and for easy storage and transport.
Jenga® GIANT™ is perfect for backyard BBQs, birthday and holiday celebrations, college parties, and everywhere people gather together to have fun. Now it’s a party!™
“We are thrilled that our licensee, Art’s Ideas, has chosen Jenga® GIANT™ to join the visually stunning Jenga XXL® game,” said Paul Eveloff, partner of Pokonobe Associates, the licensor of the Jenga® brand. “Jenga® GIANT™ brings a whole new level of anticipation, excitement, and suspense as the tower stacks up to over three feet tall. It’s the perfect game for any gathering. This game rocks!”
Jenga® GIANT™ is recommended for one or more players, ages 10 to adult, and lists for $ 129.99 on JengaGiant.com, the company shop. An accessory kit will be available on jengagiant.com in September. It includes a sturdy carry bag to make it easy to throw the game in the car to take to the beach, a party, or most anywhere. It also includes a white Chalk Ink Marker to encourage writing personalized messages, truths or dares, educational information, marriage proposals, or anything you want on the blocks. A damp cloth will eliminate the “graffiti” and clean the slate for future messages. Lastly, it includes a strong, clear acrylic play base that seems to disappear, giving the illusion that your massive tower is floating in the air. This base makes it easy to play in the sand and on other uneven surfaces, and raises the game off the ground so players can stay on their feet, constantly moving around the tower, turning Jenga Giant into an active sport rather than a table game.
Jenga® is the original wood block game for suspense-building, Edge-of-Your-Seat-Fun!® launched in the United Kingdom more than thirty years ago and is owned by an estimated one in five American and Canadian households. It has many licensees such as Hasbro, USAopoly, Art’s Ideas, and NaturalMotion Games, Ltd., a subsidiary of Zynga.
The Jenga® mobile App features realistic physics, touch control, and social gameplay with stunning visuals and authenticity, and is available on the Apple App Store, Google play, and the Amazon Appstore.
JVN is bringing glam to the prom masses. As the newest prom collection to come from the New York-based fashion house Jovani, JVN provides the great quality and amazing designer dress styles that customers are looking for from the powerhouse evening brand at a price point that is affordable to everyone. JVN strives to make every girl’s dream of owning an amazing prom gown a reality.
The new prom line, which has its own website JVNDress.com, was created to cater to women internationally at an amazing price point. Retailing under $ 400, JVN still ensures the amazing quality and workmanship that make its Jovani counterpart such a major seller in the evening wear and special occasion marketplace.
These dynamic dresses use top quality fabrics and materials while paying special attention to detail. While the collection was primarily designed for prom, these fun and fabulous styles are perfect for any special occasion including Sweet 16’s and bat mitzvahs. The diversity within this collection ranges from classic and conservative to fashion-forward and trendy. Prom dresses are no longer the standard chiffon long dresses or ball gown picks of the past but include sultry jersey picks, short and chic stunners, and even the latest high-low trends. The varying silhouettes and amazing color spectrum of JVN dresses makes them a go-to choice for any prom girl no matter her style.
To take a look at the new affordable prom collection and find retailers that sell this amazing new line of designer dresses, check out http://www.jvndress.com. With JVN, your only one step away from a glamorous night.
A Casino Event Entertainment Company, already serving a big handful of cities across the U.S., recently announced plans to begin dealing out casino themed parties & events in Raleigh & Charlotte, North Carolina, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A Casino Event is well known for their authentic Casino Grade Tables & Equipment, Expert Casino Dealers & Free Delivery, Setup & Break down services. “We are extremely excited to be expanding into North Carolina & Florida – both markets we feel are currently under served by the existing event companies and we feel we have a lot to offer the residents & companies in these cities.” stated Operations Director Sharon Watts.
The rapidly expanding Casino Party & Event Planning company got it’s start in Sacramento, California where they also operated a successful Casino Dealer School and have since expanded to serve Fresno & San Diego California; Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa & Tucscon, Arizona; Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; & Austin, Dallas, Houston & San Antonio, Texas. Their casino game offerings include everything from the ever popular Blackjack, to the hugely popular Poker and everything in between including Craps, Roulette, Pai Gow, Let it Ride & Min Baccarat.
Casino themed parties are seeing a large growth in popularity recently, and are seemingly compatible with just about every type of party or event imaginable, “We’ve done everything from bat mitzvahs to barbeques, and everything in between.” commented Watts, going on to say, “Just last week we did a wedding reception, of course the holidays, with company events, are a very busy time for us, and we put on various Fundraisers & Charity events every month in each city.” Fundraisers mesh particularly well with the Casino Theme as they make it much easier for the guests to part with their money, while keeping them entertained and happy.
Not the type to be a one trick pony, A Casino Event also offers complete Beverage Catering Services, including professional bartenders, servers, cocktail menu planning, consultation & portable bar rentals as well as Casino Themed Decor, DJ, Show Girls or Strolling Magician.
You can find out more information by visiting the A Casino Event website at http://www.acasinoevent.com. Their full featured website includes exclusive, interactive floor planning software, which allows the user to plan, share & print a blueprint of their party, and includes all of the Casino Company’s tables & equipments, as well as over 100 of the most common home & venue furnishings. You can also view a large amount of recent casino party photos, see a list of previous big name clients, and request a free detailed quote for your next party or event.
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A Casino Event Entertainment Company – A Sure Bet For Your Next Event!
PrimeSport, the official ticket and hospitality provider of the NCAA, today announced official ticket and hospitality packages and the official NCAA Ticket Exchange program are now available for the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. For the first time ever, college volleyball fans will be able to buy official ticket packages or buy and sell tickets with other fans quickly and easily in a safe, secure, and NCAA approved marketplace. Set in Oklahoma City, OK at the world-class Chesapeake Energy Arena, the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships will take place on December 18th –December 20h, 2014.
“Our partnership with PrimeSport over the years has provided college sports fans with a safe, dependable, and fully authorized method for securing official tickets, VIP hospitality, and travel packages for several NCAA championships,” said Josh Logan, director of ticketing at the NCAA. “We are thrilled that we can now also provide The NCAA Experience and NCAA Ticket Exchange for the first time ever at the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships through our partnership with PrimeSport.”
Through the official NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship Ticket Exchange program, PrimeSport creates a secure and approved marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets in a convenient, safe and guaranteed environment. Ticket holders who are unable to attend a session, or find their team eliminated prior to the finals, have a place to safely sell their tickets. Buyers can be assured that the tickets are authentic and guaranteed, even if a session is sold out.
PrimeSport also manages The NCAA Experience program that offers official ticket and hospitality packages for the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship that include game tickets and access to the official pregame hospitality party. Official hospitality will be available before the semifinal games and championship game and includes light hors d’oeurves, cash bar and appearances by NCAA legendary players or coaches.
“We are excited about expanding our relationship with the NCAA and offering The NCAA Experience and NCAA Ticket Exchange programs at another great event like the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships in Oklahoma City,” said Sam Soni, President and CEO of PrimeSport. “Through our relationship with the NCAA, fans can enjoy the event worry free knowing they have secure tickets and are buying directly from the only NCAA-sanctioned ticket and hospitality provider.”
For more information about the official NCAA Ticket Exchange and The NCAA Experience packages for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships, visit NCAA.com/VIP.
PrimeSport is the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events, offering tickets, travel, hospitality, and VIP experiences for corporations, professional sports teams and fans. PrimeSport’s extensive experience in sports travel, hospitality and ticketing has allowed the company to form long term, official partnerships with some of the largest sporting events and organizations in the country. As a result, PrimeSport can provide more exclusive access to more events than any other company in the industry. Official partnerships include select NCAA Championships®, including the men’s basketball tournament and Final Four®, Men’s College World Series®, Division I Wrestling Championships, Women’s College World Series®, Women’s Final Four®, Women’s Volleyball Championship and Men’s Frozen Four®, 19 NFL teams, 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Orange Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, State Farm Champions Classic, Jimmy V Classic, 2K Classic, Gotham Classic, Legends Classic, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Feld Motor Sports, more than 40 major NCAA Division I universities, nineteen NASCAR speedways and more. PrimeSport is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit http://www.primesport.com or call 800/591-9198.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS. NCAA, NCAA Championships, Final Four, Frozen Four, Men’s College World Series, NCAA Ticket Exchange, The NCAA Experience, Women’s College World Series and Women’s Final Four are trademarks owned or licensed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. All other marks are property of their respective holders.
It’s bridal show season again … with the time and money you put into being in bridal shows, you want to get the most out of your presence there, right?! Here are some tips…
1. Be sure to advertise that you will be at the Show! Post it on your website, send out flyers, etc.: “Don’t forget to come see us at the ‘Bridal Show’ on this date, this location, this time, etc.”. Placing a sticker on the back of business cards and handing them out at Shows is a great advertisement as well – be sure to tell them that you have a bridal program and do personal consultations for FREE and ask them to give any brides they know your card!
2. Once you are there, make sure you are set up and prepared before the brides start coming in! Bring plenty of literature (brochures and such)—it is better to have too many than to run out! Keep your booth clean and attractive, not cluttered.
3. Come up with something creative to set yourself apart from your competition and bring attention to your booth: i.e. an exciting theme, a special offer, demonstrations, giveaways, samples, etc…. I use a small white Xmas tree with lia sophia boxes and silver ribbons tied to each one hanging all over the tree with a “Bride” tree topper (It’s a porcelain doll tree topper with a gorgeous white dress on)! Bring your Calendar! Book the Shows right then!
4. Have a 3-minute infomercial planned – rehearse it and know it! You have approx 3 minutes to convince a passer-by that you offer a service they need!
5. Don’t forget to dress the part! Think of it like a business meeting, because in a sense that is what it is. The brides are looking for people to do business with. You wouldn’t show up to a wedding in everyday clothes would you?
6. Never leave your booth unattended! And don’t eat at your booth. You always want to portray a professional image. Even if it seems slow, you never know who might be watching.
7. When brides come by your booth, start up a conversation with them! Ask, “Are you planning your special day?” Be outgoing and excited about their day and be excited about your services and don’t forget to SMILE. Remember –it is ALL ABOUT THE BRIDE! Ask if she has a photo of her gown or has one picked out – let her know you do you private consultations! If she has a photo, compliment her! Gush ladies – make her feel special!
8. Even if the Show has brides register when they come in, try to get them to register with you as well. Giveaways and special drawings at your booth can help here, too. Offer an incentive for booking a Show that day or for scheduling their consultation! FREE shipping is an awesome incentive!
9. Once the show is over, contact your leads as soon as possible (1-3 days) to remind them of your services. Send out a letter or postcard thanking them for stopping by your booth and congratulating them again on their engagement. Offer some sort of show discount or incentive to get them to set a consultation with you.
10. Follow up. A week or so after your first contact, give them a call and/or send an email to keep you fresh on their minds. Offer again some sort of incentive with a deadline … i.e. “Get your free wedding website just for meeting with us! Hurry, offer ends September 1st!” (Maybe a month or so after the Bridal Show date). Then you might consider offering another bonus for booking a show with you.
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When Uganda’s junior chess champion Phiona Mutesi met with students at Westchester County schools it was to do more than share a few pointers with the chess team. She and her coach, Robert Katende shared their inspiring stories of how chess, education and determination came together to create an amazing life transformation.
Phiona was born in the Katwe slum outside of Kampala, a place where “human waste is dumped and when it rains many people’s homes are flooded and they die. There are many diseases,” she told over 470 lower and middle school students at Greenwich Academy. The all-girls school was the first stop on their 5-day visit to Westchester and Fairfield Counties.
At the age of 6, Phiona, her mother and 2 brothers started living on the streets. An older sister was already pregnant by 14 and raising children of her own. Seeking a bowl of porridge, she came to a chess program run by Katende, a Sports Outreach missionary who had also grown up in the slums. He had made it out as a great soccer player, gone on to university earning a degree in civil engineering but felt compelled to go back to help the young people left behind.
First coming only for the porridge, unable to read or write, Phiona quickly learned chess, a game she had never seen before and went on to win several tournaments including the Africa Junior Chess Championship and in 2010 was the youngest player in the chess Olympiad held in Siberia. She has since represented her country in Istanbul and will compete in the 2014 Olympiad this summer in Norway.
“When did you first know you were good at chess?” a Greenwich Academy student asked.
“When I beat a boy,” Phiona replied. “He started to cry and he never came back to the program.”
Coach Katende explained that in the Uganda slums all girls are supposed to do is have children. “Women are marginalized in the society. They don’t go to school, they are not allowed to play sports. So for him to lose to a girl was very humiliating.”
Katende went on to explain how Phiona’s success has made her a role model and how she is giving back to her community. Phiona received an award at the 2013 Women in the World Summit and was able to pay her own school fees for the year as well as to set aside funds for her family. In December she used a portion to host a 5-day chess clinic for girls from the 5 slum areas around Kampala. The funds provided were to cover the costs for 200 girls; they had 460 attend!
“How do you prepare for a tournament,” asked another G.A. student.
“Right now I don’t because of my school.” Phiona, now 18, attends a boarding school in Kampala and she told the G.A. students her school day starts at 7:30 in the morning and goes until 10 p.m. six days a week. “On Sunday I do laundry.” When asked, the G.A. students opted not to match her schedule.
Master of Ceremonies for the assembly was G.A. student and chess player Hunter Korn whose family hosted, Phiona, her coach and the Sports Outreach team while they were in the Greenwich area. Later the Korn family hosted a small reception at their home where Hunter presented Coach Robert with a check for $ 15,000 which she raised by asking for donations instead of gifts for her bat mitzvah.
“While reading the book The Queen of Katwe, about the life of Phiona Mutesi, I was inspired by Phiona’s determination to improve her life in the slums of Uganda and the hardships and challenges that she had to overcome,” Hunter said. “When I heard about the chess school that she was seeking to build, I thought it was a great opportunity to help impact the lives of other kids like Phiona.” Hunter plans to stay involved with NSCF and Sports Outreach in order to continue to act as an Ambassador for the chess school and help coordinate more fundraising activities and interactions with the students.
The Greenwich Academy visit was part of a 33-day tour across America that is raising funds for US programs as well as helping to build a chess academy that will be part of a new education center being constructed in Kampala.
Other local appearances included Richard J. Bailey school in Greenburgh where Phiona and coach Robert spoke to over 400 students in a general assembly then stayed behind to play with the chess club. Phiona made the opening move for the NSCF Grand Prix tournament at Mamaroneck Avenue School in White Plains and spoke to all the 6th graders at Bronxville Middle School.
For more information about Phiona, coach Katende and the Sports Outreach chess programs, visit http://www.queenofkatwe.com. For information on chess in education programs in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and across the nation, visit http://www.nscfchess.org.
9Months beverages are high quality non-alcoholic sparklings from grapes grown in southern Australia and produced in a family owned winery by some of the most skilled wine and juice makers in the world. 9Months comes in two delicious flavors, Sparkling Red and Sparkling White (NEW flavors coming soon!). 9Months Sparkling Red is a vibrant purple color, carrying a fresh bouquet and very refreshing taste. 9Months Sparkling White is a rich golden color – perfect for any champagne toast or warm summer day. They are also 100% natural with no added sugar, no artificial coloring or flavoring and are gluten free!
Packaged in 750ml bottles, 9Months sparklings are uniquely adorned with a full metallic hood and genuine cork and muselet to pop! They are the perfect baby shower gift and also great as gifts for pregnant friends, co-workers, clients, customers, etc. 9Months sparklings are excellent for weddings, receptions, barbecue’s, festivities, holidays or any party atmosphere where those expecting want to feel part of the celebration.
About the Founder, Carrie Marvin – Living in North Carolina via Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Fairfax, Virginia, Carrie is a creative and spirited young gal who is always coming up with new and innovative ideas. 9Months became the lead item on her “short-list” of ideas and approximately two years later, the idea became reality. Carrie is a people-person by nature and is a master at creating connections and networks for those around her. She lives happily with her husband and dog, Mack.