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Member Profile: LaJune King of photosbyLJK

Member profiles highlight black women photographers who are active members inside of The Queen Photographers Virtual CoWorking Community. These photographers participate in weekly virtual video calls to connect, support, and give advice to fellow photographers on various stages of their professional journey.

In this post learn about LaJune King of photosbyLJK.

How did you get started in photography?
I had a Nikon D60 that I took on my honeymoon and fell in love with it. I had no idea the amount of money I could make though.


Who inspired you along your journey?
Tasha Haynes, for the simple fact that I was a SAHM who could only do sessions if my son was with me. She showed me what branding yourself as a family and having a family business looked like.


Who was the first person who believed in you?
I was the girst to believe in myself. I knew I had the drive and business side down. My first client was an engagement session from 2010. They loved their images. So did I. Looking back on it, their photos were 1) over saturated with green 2) the black people were orange and the angles were a struggle. Needless to say, they are still my client to this day. They’ve seen my growing pains and have witnessed my growth. As my target audience increases, they come with me. We’ve essentially grown together.


What was the moment you knew you could be successful at photography?
Starting out, I gave them the world for $150. I think I had 50 clients the first year. I was overbooked and under paid. Once I found my groove with pricing and IPS, I saw longevity.


How do you define success for yourself?
Success for me is being better than I was the year before, financially, growing in my craft and investing in someone to help me. Investment for me is success, in the sense of some of us are hesitant to pay others for anything. And I invest as I profit in business. It’s a great feeling to pour back into my business from my hard work.


Give us a typical day in the life of YOU.
During the day, I’m getting shat on by my rainbow baby. Tuesday and Thursday are dedicated time to my family. M, W, F I’m getting edits, cards, IPS and calendars in order. I’m a night owl who operates best on ambien. Given that I don’t recall a lot of my ideas, I wake up to self texts, regarding them. A successful day is releasing a session, the client loves them, buys them and google reviews me within a week’s time. I try so hard to make their process seamless, so mine is as well.


What’s been your most important skill you’ve developed as a photographer?
I’m a leader and a people person. My greatest asset in this business is my personality.


What’s been your greatest challenge?
Comparing myself to others, is my greatest opportunity. Understanding what my timing looks like and networking. I’m so bad at it unless I’ve met you in person.


What’s been your greatest reward in choosing photography?
LOVING what I do. Even when I burn out, someone reminds me why I do this.


What do you want to learn from a community of your peers?
I’d like to learn what being a leader looks like for you. I’d like break the stigma that women can’t work together. I’d also like to be encouraging to those who don’t know what that looks like.


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