To help boost my visibility in the local business community, I had a ‘Happy Hour Headshots’ event at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax. The event was co – sponsored by my BNI chapter. As a way to increase the visibility of the chapter, we planned this event around inviting visitors and potential clients to attend and to get a new headshot as a benefit of attending.
BNI stands for Business Network International. Most business owners would say that word of mouth is the best way to get good referrals for new clients. BNI is a structured network designed to make that happen. The way that chapters, meetings, and the education that they have for members, they have a track record of really producing some meaningful connections. My group is the Fairfax Business Connection.
We meet every Wednesday for lunch. If there are some
people that are in our network that cannot meet for lunch, the “Happy Hour
Headshots” was a perfect way to connect with them later in the day. The members
attended as well as some visitors from their network. Everyone had the
opportunity to get some updated headshots, and we all built some new relationships
in the process.
It was great exposure for me! I could practice both my mobile
lighting setup, and my headshots process in a group environment. Some aspects
were easier with a lot of people in the room, but it definitely made easier smiles
with lots of friends in the room. I hope you can join us for a meeting or
another networking event in the future soon!
Thank you to all of the brides-to-be and their family and friends that stopped by the TimeLine Media booth at the Dulles Expo Center this past Sunday. We were a part of the Washington Bridal Showcase. There was an amazing amount of people that attended this event especially considering it was Superbowl Sunday! If you are at all planning a wedding in the D.C. area, this is where you need to go. You will get the most complete participation of wedding vendors in the area. In attendance were photographers to florists, reception sites, review sites, transportation, cakeries, etc.
I also have to thank our neighboring booths: weddzilla.com and the Thomas Birkby House. We had a lot of traffic come by, and we got a chance to give our information to a lot of brides that were attracted to their displays as well as ours! Accordingly, I felt like my placement was in the middle of other outstanding professionals which made me look better!
If you did get to see us at the show, please drop us a line – we’d love to know what you thought of our presentation. We will definitely be back to showcase our work at a future show.
TimeLine Media will be showing a booth of our work at the Washington Bridal Showcase this Sunday February, 1, 2009. The event is very convenient as far as transporting our display to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. When looking at the schedule of shows, I did not realize that the event will be on Superbowl Sunday!
Luckily there should be plenty of time for future grooms to attend with their future brides. At this time, they can come and view our latest in albums, prints, and books. It will be the first bridal show for my company. Also, I am excited to meet future clients as well as the other exhibitors. Particularly it is nice to meet other photographers. I have enjoyed meeting other vendors in the same area. They inspire me to be a better photographer because of their flowers, decorations, cakes, etc.
Are you planning to go to the show? Have you event been to the Washington Bridal Showcase previously? Please stop by the booth to see if I am still upright. Being in front of strangers talking about my photography is not something I do very often. For this reason, I am nervous, but am still looking forward to the experience. We hope to see you there!