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Old 05-21-2009, 11:05 AM
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"A Dad" and some great news!

I asked an online group for photos of loved ones or pets so I could practice portraits. The deal being I get the practice, they get a free portrait, they talk me up to anyone who asks and I get to use the piece on my website. I got 3 replies for freebies and 1 reply from a woman who wanted me to do TWO portraits and insisted on paying! This is the first one I did for her, which I posted on my blog, and I have gotten 3 more PAYING customers from it!
In a week, with no experience and as a real beginner. I am pretty excited about this!
Best of all, she LOVES the portrait of her dad (who has passed away) and this is a birthday gift for her Mom.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:54 AM
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Great news, Cathy. Excellent job on "Dad". The work will keep you busy and you will do wonderfully at your new career. This was a very neat way to get the ball rolling. Way to go!
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:23 AM
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Great news all around. Great job on the portrait.
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:48 AM
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Congrats! That's how I started my dog portrait business 7 years ago and going strong.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:36 AM
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Re: "A Dad" and some great news!

Thanks everyone. The funny part is that I just wanted photos from other people to practice with. Yes, I did plan on trying to do this as a business, when I got better at it and never expected real customers right off!
Of course I'm not complaining

Robin, your av is beautiful! It's no wonder you have a very succesful business!

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Congrats, Cathy! What a great (and touching) start to a new career!

Beautiful job on the portrait - he looks like he was a kind man. I'm sure it meant the world to the woman and her mom.

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Congatulations Cathy! I wish you the best with your new venture!
Beautiful job on the portrait.
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really super- and congrads on the sales- that is wonderful!
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