June 2016 Recap
For work, June is one of my favorite months. Although April/May are when things start picking up again, June has typically been when I start to get really busy with actual shoots and this June was no different.
Last year was Dan Pomykalski Photography's most successful year without question. Based on the growth I experienced last year, I was kind of expecting this year to be even busier, and hoped to see more growth. We're now half way through 2016, and things have been a little slower than I had hoped. With that being said, I matched my record for most shoots in a month in June, and although I'd rather beat that record, it's hard not to be grateful about any number of sessions in a month. It's also only June, and the busiest time of the year for me isn't going to be over for a few months yet. I'll just have to keep chipping away and see what happens.
Besides the sessions, the other thing worth mentioning is I took a risk and it actually paid off. A few months ago, a clothing company based in Wisconsin asked me if I would be interested in being an assistant to a photographer over the summer months while they shot their new catalog. After finding out how much they were willing to pay me, it was incredibly tempting and I was definitely interested (anyone who pays their bills by freelancing knows how good guaranteed money sounds).
After thinking about it for a while long, I began to realize how many drawbacks there would be. The company's headquarters was an hour and a half away, and the days were typically from 8am to 5pm. I wasn't worried about working those hours, but the fact I wasn't going to be able to do anything for my own work made the job seem less appealing. Not only that, but no one would ever know I was even involved with the shoots, probably. There was very little chance that I would be able to further my career if I took the job, so besides the money, there really weren't any benefits. Ultimately, I decided that if I booked a session for a fraction of what they were offering me, it would be worth much more in the long run.
Sure enough, I was able to book a session with a new client during the week I was supposed to assist. If I had taken the job, I wouldn't have been able to shoot those photos, and grow my business. This whole ordeal is especially worth mentioning because I can almost promise if I took the same risk again with a similar situation nine more times, it wouldn't work out again.
I have a few sessions already lined up for July, so expect some recaps of those in the next couple of weeks!
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Dan Pomykalski (PAWM-I-KALS-kee) is a portrait photographer based in Madison, WI. Dan works with both individual clients and larger organizations, such as the Wisconsin Alumni Foundation, the Janesville Jets, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Dan was also the photo editor for the student-run newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Royal Purple, for the 2013 Spring and 2013 Fall semesters. Although Dan's clients are mostly from the Dane County area, he is more than happy to travel wherever necessary.
Although Dan is primarily a portrait photographer, he has ample amounts of experience in other types of photography such as weddings, events, product photography, real estate, and sport photography.
In 2016, expertise.com ranked Dan Pomykalski Photography the 2nd best portrait photographer in Madison, WI out of 204 others in the area.
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