Tell us how #SBS has affected your business
This is my first morning as an #SBS winner!
Sat here with strong coffee, already working through tweets and emails. Looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone and hopefully working with a few of you.
This has given me such a huge confidence boost and (excuse the pun), but great exposure for someone like me.
Am on the bottom rung of the ladder, but looking up!
Gamekeeper turned Photographer!
From a very young age, I always wanted to be a Gamekeeper, following in the footsteps of my Father. When I wasn’t at school, I could be found helping Dad. From the age of seven, during the shooting season, I would be amongst the line of beaters and there was many a day when I would I try to miss the school bus on purpose so that I could go bush beating.
Back then for a girl to become a Gamekeeper was unheard of. Whilst at primary school my parents bought me a Kodak Instamatic Camera one Christmas, and then, when I was in my teens they bought me a Praktica. We had a friend of the family who was a professional photographer and I began to spend time learning from him.
I eventually got my chance at Gamekeepering, I was even promoted to Head Keeper, the first female in the country to achieve this. So, here I was, where I was meant to be!
One day, while working on a shoot, I collapsed at work. I brushed this off and returned to work the following day, not knowing this was the start of a life change.
I fell ill and it got to the point when, after many Doctors and Specialist visits, my GP sat me down and told me I would have to give up work. My life was turned upside down, and for several years, I was unable to do anything. I did not take kindly to this and was my own worst patient.
A couple of years ago, with my health improving, I picked up my camera and started to snap away. I bumped into our old family friend Photographer again, who saw my images and suggested I thought seriously about doing something in Photography. Encouraged by his advice, I purchased my first DSLR camera, applied to a stock agency, created a website and started my new career as a Professional Photographer.
I supply images to stock agents, which are used in Magazines, Books, Websites, Advertising etc.
I also sell fine art prints and an array of gifts, cards etc using my images.
If you are a business, looking to sell/promote your product, then I am able to help, I photograph products for businesses, which are used as advertising, or displaying your product on your website, brochures etc.
Please contact me via my website for more details; http://www.karenappleyard.com/contact
Never Give In!
Love your business.
You only get out what you put in.
Take rejection on the chin and learn to improve with it.
Be prepared to work from the bottom as it will give you a better grounding and you will learn more as you progress upwards.
And that old saying, don't run, before you can walk.
10% off everything at http://www.karenappleyard.com
Just enter SBS09THEO at the checkout.