“Running a photography business was quite a change for me as I had been working as a bodyguard in London for many years.
The training I’ve received by becoming a Barrett & Coe franchisee covered everything from practical photography to how to run a business, for example the practical side of running a business such as marketing, administration, the day to day running of a studio, budgeting and sales etc. I feel confident of the service I can offer to customers because of the comprehensive training I have received and the ongoing training I receive now.
I love the fact that no two days are the same! The quality of service that my customers receive from me – and the images I take for them – will differentiate my business from the competition.
There is not really a typical day, but I normally start by getting the studio ready for the day, preparing the paperwork for the customers coming in that day, making calls and replying to any emails that have come in. Each appointment lasts for an hour with shoots and viewings, so on a full day I can have 7 or more appointments. Then I have to fit in editing, paperwork and ordering of images plus other things!
I love the fact that no two days are the same! The quality of service that my customers receive from me – and the images I take for them – will differentiate my business from the competition. You only get out of anything what you put into it, and taking images of babies/children, families and pets is an enjoyable way to spend a working day!
I am currently relocating my studio to new premises. It’s a very exciting time as the building I’m going into has been a renovation project, so I have had been able to set up the studio exactly to my requirements. There is parking available and it’s located just out of the city centre, so easy to get to.
My aim is to continue improving and building my business, to make my studio the one that everyone wants to come to in Norwich and I expect to be here for a while!”
To view Mark’s work please visit www.barrettandcoe.co.uk/norwich