Photographer Kori Price says starting a business is easier than you think
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Photographer Kori Price says starting a business is easier than you think

Cville
Mar 17
/
7 min watch

Destinee Wright: What's good, beautiful people! Destinee here. I am the owner of Destinee Marketing, a social media marketing and consulting agency based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

And today I'm bringing you a fantastic conversation with the amazing Kori Price. Kori Price is a freelance and wedding photographer based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Welcome, Kori!

Kori Price: Thanks so much for having me, Destinee.

Destinee: I'm so glad you're here.

Kori: I'm happy to be here, too. And it's always nice to be in conversation with you because you just bring so much energy. So I am so excited to get into it.

Destinee: I appreciate that so much! Let's jump into this interview.

What is the one thing you wish that you knew before you started your business?

Kori: So I wish I knew how easy it was to start. When you think about owning a business or even just, you know, turning a hobby into a business, there's a lot of questions around, like, “Do I need a license? Do I need this? Do I need that?” And I really just wish I knew that it was as easy as, you know, getting your LLC, getting a bank account and, you know, registering a tax ID, you know, and a couple of other things there as well. I just wish I knew how easy it was because I probably would have started a little sooner.

Destinee: I hear that. 

What's been the biggest challenge that you've experienced over the last year, and how did you overcome it?

Kori: You know, with everybody, COVID-19 really made things difficult. As I'm still sort of in the beginning—not the beginning, but early on with my business, it's only a few, a handful of years old. And just trying to get more wedding business as well as, you know, getting my name out there. Last year, it just really took a hit on that. I also was preparing for a solo art exhibition last year. And had my first art residency last year. And of course, that all kind of fizzled, and it's now something that I'm doing this year. So I think, you know, just having to stop was hard. I had all this momentum building up, and I had to stop. I think a lot of small business owners are—definitely felt that and had to operate through that, which is just a challenge, right?

Photograph by Kori Price

Destinee: Yes! And I understand that this whole COVID season has been a time for a lot of business owners to pivot. And I am so grateful as a business owner myself that I'm still able to take on clients and to still be in business because so many people were not able to make it. So, sending all of the love and good energy to those folks who are still pushing and who had to pivot and make some significant changes over this last season; it has been really tough. So I am so proud of you, honestly, for pushing through and finding new ways of making it work. And congratulations on this amazing opportunity with your art. So cool.

Kori Price: Thank you so much!

Destinee: What are the best resources that have helped you along the way?

Kori: As a photographer, I think one of the best things that I learned about was this tool called SmugMug. And what it does is it allows you to upload galleries of images so that you can deliver that digitally to clients. And I think that just made the process of sharing those photos after I've made them with whoever I'm working with, with families or couples, just so much easier so that they can get to them, as well as being able to share that with family and friends who may not be in the same area as them. So that's been a huge help.

Squarespace, I love Squarespace as a website. It's just so easy to use, easy to change things around, to add new pages, you know, so it's really those type of tools that just—productivity tools, right, that just make your life easier so that you can really just understand what's going on and who's it going to and how to change this. I can't speak of that enough.

And then one other thing is Clockify. It's an app that you can get on your phone, but you can also access it online. And for me, I—you know, I have a full-time job as well, in addition to the work that I do as a photographer, and it's been so helpful to help me understand how much time I spend editing different projects or how much time I spend working on something for photography, as well as how much time I'm spending working. So that I can kind of have that data and I can look at reports and really understand where my time is going to. And if there's places where I can shift that around.

Destinee: Mmm, that's great! I love that! I'm definitely going to check out Clockify. I need that, like, yesterday. 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?

Kori: As a photographer? Take photos. I mean, it's that simple, but I think also before you take your photo, think about the shot. Think about what's in a composition. Take those moments to slow down and reflect before you press that shutter button or press the button on your phone. And then, you know, once you've taken photos and, go back and see how they make you feel. Go back and see what it is that you enjoy about them and what it is that you might be able to do differently or do better for the next photo that you take. As well as, you know, don't be afraid to ask your friends to help you start your business, right? You can—your friends and your family are often the first people who you contact to say, “Hey, I'm doing this thing; could you help?” They're probably more than willing to help you. It's easy to make that ask, even though it feels so daunting. So just have some confidence in yourself and keep going. I know it's cliché, but really, it—you got to keep going. You’ve got to keep chasing it.

Photograph by Kori Price

Destinee: That's great insight. How can people support you right now?

Kori: I'm on the social medias. I'm on Facebook and Instagram, if you want to follow me there. As well as, you know, if you need a wedding photographer, or you know somebody who needs a wedding photographer in the central Virginia area—I also travel around Virginia—please let me know. Or, you know, if you're working on a project, you need a photographer. You have an event. I love people. I love working with families. I love working with couples. I'm your girl! So please hit me up if you're in need of photos! Love to work with ya.

Destinee: Yes! I had the privilege of working with Kori. And when I tell you I loved my photos. I felt so comfortable. It felt like an amazing collaborative process. And even when I didn't feel, like, confident, Kori was so reassuring and the shots were [kiss noise] they were so good. So I can definitely one hundred percent recommend Kori. And yeah, go hit her up. Thank you so much, Kori!

Kori: Thank you so much, Destinee! This is always so fun.

Destinee: Yes, always!

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Destinee Wright
Consultant, Social Media Marketer, Activist

Destinee is an artist, activist, and serial entrepreneur whose work centers on amplifying marginalized voices and impacting equity for racial and socioeconomic marginalized people. She currently works with small businesses and nonprofits to provide consulting services, content curation, and social media strategies that connect brands with their communities.

Photographer Kori Price says starting a business is easier than you think
7 min watch

Photographer Kori Price says starting a business is easier than you think

Cville
Mar 17
/
7 min watch

Destinee Wright: What's good, beautiful people! Destinee here. I am the owner of Destinee Marketing, a social media marketing and consulting agency based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

And today I'm bringing you a fantastic conversation with the amazing Kori Price. Kori Price is a freelance and wedding photographer based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Welcome, Kori!

Kori Price: Thanks so much for having me, Destinee.

Destinee: I'm so glad you're here.

Kori: I'm happy to be here, too. And it's always nice to be in conversation with you because you just bring so much energy. So I am so excited to get into it.

Destinee: I appreciate that so much! Let's jump into this interview.

What is the one thing you wish that you knew before you started your business?

Kori: So I wish I knew how easy it was to start. When you think about owning a business or even just, you know, turning a hobby into a business, there's a lot of questions around, like, “Do I need a license? Do I need this? Do I need that?” And I really just wish I knew that it was as easy as, you know, getting your LLC, getting a bank account and, you know, registering a tax ID, you know, and a couple of other things there as well. I just wish I knew how easy it was because I probably would have started a little sooner.

Destinee: I hear that. 

What's been the biggest challenge that you've experienced over the last year, and how did you overcome it?

Kori: You know, with everybody, COVID-19 really made things difficult. As I'm still sort of in the beginning—not the beginning, but early on with my business, it's only a few, a handful of years old. And just trying to get more wedding business as well as, you know, getting my name out there. Last year, it just really took a hit on that. I also was preparing for a solo art exhibition last year. And had my first art residency last year. And of course, that all kind of fizzled, and it's now something that I'm doing this year. So I think, you know, just having to stop was hard. I had all this momentum building up, and I had to stop. I think a lot of small business owners are—definitely felt that and had to operate through that, which is just a challenge, right?

Photograph by Kori Price

Destinee: Yes! And I understand that this whole COVID season has been a time for a lot of business owners to pivot. And I am so grateful as a business owner myself that I'm still able to take on clients and to still be in business because so many people were not able to make it. So, sending all of the love and good energy to those folks who are still pushing and who had to pivot and make some significant changes over this last season; it has been really tough. So I am so proud of you, honestly, for pushing through and finding new ways of making it work. And congratulations on this amazing opportunity with your art. So cool.

Kori Price: Thank you so much!

Destinee: What are the best resources that have helped you along the way?

Kori: As a photographer, I think one of the best things that I learned about was this tool called SmugMug. And what it does is it allows you to upload galleries of images so that you can deliver that digitally to clients. And I think that just made the process of sharing those photos after I've made them with whoever I'm working with, with families or couples, just so much easier so that they can get to them, as well as being able to share that with family and friends who may not be in the same area as them. So that's been a huge help.

Squarespace, I love Squarespace as a website. It's just so easy to use, easy to change things around, to add new pages, you know, so it's really those type of tools that just—productivity tools, right, that just make your life easier so that you can really just understand what's going on and who's it going to and how to change this. I can't speak of that enough.

And then one other thing is Clockify. It's an app that you can get on your phone, but you can also access it online. And for me, I—you know, I have a full-time job as well, in addition to the work that I do as a photographer, and it's been so helpful to help me understand how much time I spend editing different projects or how much time I spend working on something for photography, as well as how much time I'm spending working. So that I can kind of have that data and I can look at reports and really understand where my time is going to. And if there's places where I can shift that around.

Destinee: Mmm, that's great! I love that! I'm definitely going to check out Clockify. I need that, like, yesterday. 

What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?

Kori: As a photographer? Take photos. I mean, it's that simple, but I think also before you take your photo, think about the shot. Think about what's in a composition. Take those moments to slow down and reflect before you press that shutter button or press the button on your phone. And then, you know, once you've taken photos and, go back and see how they make you feel. Go back and see what it is that you enjoy about them and what it is that you might be able to do differently or do better for the next photo that you take. As well as, you know, don't be afraid to ask your friends to help you start your business, right? You can—your friends and your family are often the first people who you contact to say, “Hey, I'm doing this thing; could you help?” They're probably more than willing to help you. It's easy to make that ask, even though it feels so daunting. So just have some confidence in yourself and keep going. I know it's cliché, but really, it—you got to keep going. You’ve got to keep chasing it.

Photograph by Kori Price

Destinee: That's great insight. How can people support you right now?

Kori: I'm on the social medias. I'm on Facebook and Instagram, if you want to follow me there. As well as, you know, if you need a wedding photographer, or you know somebody who needs a wedding photographer in the central Virginia area—I also travel around Virginia—please let me know. Or, you know, if you're working on a project, you need a photographer. You have an event. I love people. I love working with families. I love working with couples. I'm your girl! So please hit me up if you're in need of photos! Love to work with ya.

Destinee: Yes! I had the privilege of working with Kori. And when I tell you I loved my photos. I felt so comfortable. It felt like an amazing collaborative process. And even when I didn't feel, like, confident, Kori was so reassuring and the shots were [kiss noise] they were so good. So I can definitely one hundred percent recommend Kori. And yeah, go hit her up. Thank you so much, Kori!

Kori: Thank you so much, Destinee! This is always so fun.

Destinee: Yes, always!

Destinee Wright
Consultant, Social Media Marketer, Activist

Destinee is an artist, activist, and serial entrepreneur whose work centers on amplifying marginalized voices and impacting equity for racial and socioeconomic marginalized people. She currently works with small businesses and nonprofits to provide consulting services, content curation, and social media strategies that connect brands with their communities.