tishalandrum@gmail.com

Tisha Landrum Photography is a full service, custom wedding and portrait photography business located in Camp Hill, PA. I service all of Central PA (Pennsylvania) and the surrounding areas including Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, Camp Hill, New Cumberland, Carlisle, Perry County, Lancaster, Hershey, and York.

Camp Hill Baby Photographer

Annie’s 9 month portrait session done by a Camp Hill baby photographer, Tisha Landrum .  This Camp Hill baby photographer specializes in first year milestones.  Tisha Landrum photography is located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.  Annie was wearing a vintage bonnet from the Carlisle Antique Mall. Annie's 9 Month Photo Session by A Camp Hill Baby PhotographerAnnie's 9 Month Portrait Session by A Camp Hill Baby Photographer Annie's 9 Month Portrait Session by A Camp Hill Baby Photographer

During the first year of life, your baby will grow and develop at an amazing speed. Her/His weight will double by 5 to 6 months, and triple by her/his first birthday. And she/he is constantly learning.  Documenting these milestones with a local professional photographer will ensure that you have all the adorable, soft, squishy cuteness frozen in time for you to cherish for years to come.

What Are The Milestones?

Your baby will have many major achievements during the first year.  These achievements are called developmental milestones.  These important first year milestones include rolling over, sitting up, standing and possibly walking.

Smiling & Laughing

By around 2 months of age, your baby will smile in response to you! The sound of your voice or the sight of your face is often all it takes to trigger your baby’s irresistible grin.  By 4 months, you can look forward to another sound, possibly the sweetest you’ll ever hear — your baby’s laughter. The best part is how easily a baby laughs. Silly faces, tickling, and peek-a-boo are usually more than enough to set off lots of squeals and giggles.

Sitting Up

How different the world looks when you’re not stuck on your belly! Around 5 or 6 months, most babies can sit up with support — either by resting on their hands in front of them or by leaning on pillows or furniture. Babies can usually sit alone steadily by 7-9 months.

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If you have an 8-month-old, you may want to put your gym membership on hold. You’re about to get plenty of exercise chasing your suddenly mobile baby around the house. By 9 months, most babies crawl using both hands and feet, though some babies never crawl, preferring to creep or wriggle instead. Crawling is not an essential baby milestone, and infants who choose to scoot or creep still tend to reach other milestones on schedule.

Eating Finger Food

Just when spoon-feeding begins to lose its luster, babies are ready to feed themselves. Between 9-12 months, babies develop better control over their hands and fingers, making it easier to grab small objects — like finger foods! Unfortunately, babies this age love to explore taste and texture, so food is not the only thing they’ll try to pop into their mouths. Environmental safety should, therefore, become a big parental concern at this age.Babies Grow Up So Fast

It is just so important you don’t miss a beat when it comes to finding your first year milestones photographer.  Tisha Landrum is committed to helping you capture all these precious moments and more.  The first year of your babies life goes by so quickly.  Don’t miss out on making special memories and preserving them!

Click here to contact Tisha today to plan your first year milestones photography sessions!

 

Mechanicsburg Baby Photography

2020 Baby Boy Photography, CarsonCarson’s Mechanicsburg Baby Photography Session was done within 7-14 days after his birth.  Newborn Photography Sessions last 3-6 hours depending on the baby, I like to work on their schedule. I prefer the baby to be no older than 14 days, to capture those sleepy poses. However, if that is not possible we can absolutely do it a little later. These photos sessions are done at my home studio.  I have lots of props, hats, etc… If you’d like to do something else we can decide at the time of your consultation. We will also discuss the feel you want for your babies first photos and customize them to fit your home.

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In Person Consultation

The In Person Consultation is an important part of your custom portrait experience.  Since each session is very custom I prefer to meet and discuss things in person.  I can get a feel for what you had in mind for your professional portraits and how you would like me to portray you. I’d love to have you and you over for coffee. I find that’s the very best way to talk through what you are looking for.  During your in person consultation you’ll get a sense of what I offer, and what to expect.

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Baby Portrait sessions take place at my residential studio in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. I work with controlled studio lighting and a wonderful selection of custom props and set designs. Wether working in the studio or on location I try to keep a calm and relaxed environment for my clients where you will comfortable with me while I work to  create a look that is timeless and sophisticated. Newborn photo sessions can be captured  in my Camp Hill, PA home studio only. At the end of your session, we will book a second date for you to come back to my residential studio for the viewing and ordering session. The viewing and ordering session will be an exciting and personal experience.

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This is the best part! The Viewing & Ordering Appointment is the time when you get to see all the hard work of the pre-session consultation and our session planning pay off. After your session, I will carefully select the best images for the viewing session. I will compare images and narrow down to the best based on facial expressions, posing, lighting and sharpness.  The viewing session will be an exciting, sometimes emotional and personal experience.

Your images are projected onto a large flat screen tv and I will help you select your favorite images and make final decisions on what will look best with your home decor and with your portrait goals. You will be able to touch and feel the products we offer and see what your images will look like projected onto the walls of your own home using our wall gallery software. I will go over product details and pricing and help you create a beautiful display of your images. I’ll show you actual size and pair images together for a wall portrait, gallery wrap, or heirloom album.

Tisha Landrum specializes in baby photography.  She is located in Camp Hill, PA.

Please contact me at 717-829-7001 to set up a consultation.

Easter Photography

Camp Hill Easter Photographer Easter PortraitsEaster Photography portrait sessions didn’t happen as usual this year!  Easter came and went with many families under strict lock down.  Getting Easter Photos done was still on some clients minds even when the restrictions were lifted.  I’m so happy some of you still wanted to come!  I’m looking forward to next year for Easter Photography Sessions to be even better!  For next year you may be thinking about getting family photos or photos of your kids all dressed up with the easter bunny at the mall or under that old family tree outside your grandma’s house. Easter is the perfect time for photos!!  Keep on the look out for details in 2021!2020 Easter Harrisburg Photography With a Bunny2020 Easter Photography With a Bunny2020 Camp Hill Easter Photography With a Bunny2020 Camp Hill Easter Photography With a Bunny2020 Easter Photography With a BunnyCamp Hill Easter Photographer Easter Portraits2020 Easter PhotographyCamp Hill Easter Photographer Easter PortraitsCamp Hill Easter Photographer Easter PortraitsCamp Hill Easter Photographer Easter PortraitsCamp Hill Easter Photographer Easter Portraits

If you are like some families you may have a tradition of getting all decked out to head to church on Easter Sunday.  What better opportunity then to take advantage of the adorable outfits your kids may only realistically wear once then to check out your local professional photographer and see what they have to offer!

Tisha Landrum Photography is located in Camp Hill, PA & offers something truly unique and timeless when it comes to Easter Photos.  Tisha has adorable baby bunnies for your child to hold and include in their photos and a custom designed easter setup from Lavenderandfield (located in Bedford Street Antiques in Carlisle, PA).

Tisha’s style is truly unique & cute, quite honestly, there’s nothing quite like the experience.. So skip the mall & the long lines and contact Tisha today to book your Easter Photo Session!

These two adorable brother’s Easter Photography turned out so amazing.  They were not shy at all!!  We made some awesome memories for these two boys!

If you would like to book Camp Hill Easter Photos with Tisha click here to contact her today!

Harrisburg Pa Baby Photography

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You’ve booked your Harrisburg, PA Baby Photography Session with Tisha Landrum!  You are eagerly awaiting the arrival of your little one! Do you know everything you need to do to prepare for getting those dreamy first photos of your new baby? If you have any questions about your session, I’d love to talk to you! As your local Harrisburg, PA area baby photographer my goal is to make you feel a little more prepared.   Here are some basic tips to help you make the most of your newborn photography session.

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Your newborn session should take place when your baby is between 7 and 14 days old. Any older, and your little one will be more challenging to pose and less likely to snooze happily for most of the shoot. Don’t worry if your newborn arrives later or earlier than expected! Your session date is flexible, and we’ll be sure to fit you in.

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Tisha Landrum Photography is located in Camp Hill, Pa.  The studio is in the greater Harrisburg, Pa area.  There are plenty of places within a few blocks like Rite Aid, Cvs, a few restaurants and Giant Foods. Don’t worry if you forgot something.  The in home studio is cozy.  There is plenty of room for Mom & Dad to relax.  When you arrive please park in the drive way.  I like my clients to do their best to arrive on time.

Choose baby’s outfit and accessories.

The perfect wardrobe for a newborn? Nothing! You want your images to capture those tiny fingers and toes, sweet little rolls of fat, and soft baby skin. But be sure to dress your newborn in an outfit that’s easy to take off and put on again. You may also want to bring along some accessories or sentimental items that hold special meaning for you and your family, like a blanket that’s been in your family for generations or a toy from your childhood. Items like this are a great way to add personal detail to your images.  Tisha has plenty of vintage props, wraps, etc. available in the studio for parents to choose for use in their photos.

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Even though the photos will mostly be of your little one, you’ll want photos of the two of you as well! Take some time to choose your own wardrobe—go for something simple and comfortable. Makeup is definitely not required, but a little touching up can help you feel fresh and at east in front of the camera. It also helps to use a few basic hair products to keep strays in place. But don’t worry too much about your appearance. After all, the focus will be on your adorable new addition!

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Don’t change your routine.

To keep your little one happy, don’t change their diet or daily routine before your session. Continue with your regular feedings, and don’t forget to pack plenty of bottles for the shoot if you formula-feed.

Be prepared for a warm studio

I keep the heat on high—around 80 degrees—to make sure your newborn is warm and comfortable, but it may be a little toasty for you! Be sure to dress comfortably or wear layers you can easily remove. Talk to older siblings If you have older children, it can be so much fun to include them in the newborn session! Just be sure to talk to them beforehand about listening to the photographer and behaving during the shoot. And don’t forget to pack some non-messy snacks as well!

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Not sure what you need to bring to your newborn session? I’ve put together this checklist to help you pack everything you need in your diaper bag! Plenty of diapers and wipes: Accidents happen, and you’ll want to be prepared. Extra outfits for you and baby: Again, it’s best to be prepared! Bring extra clothes for you and your little one, just in case there’s an accident and you need a change. Pacifiers: Don’t be surprised if baby gets a little fussy between shots, so bring along some pacifiers. Bottles: Be sure to bring enough bottles and formula for three to four feedings throughout your session. And if you’re nursing, it doesn’t hurt to bring some supplementary bottles just in case! Sentimental items: Don’t forget to pack your old baby toy, a family heirloom blanket, or any other items that are special to you. These mementos make great additions to your images!

Choosing your images

After your session Tisha will schedule a time for you within 2 weeks to come back in to the studio for your viewing and ordering session.  She will have a slide show of about 30 fully retouched images for you to choose from.  Tisha will also have a newborn album designed for you to view.  Part of Tisha’s baby photography process is helping you decide how to display your beautiful professional portraits in your home.  After deciding on what you would like to purchase you will pay for your order.  Tisha spends the next few days going back through your images to make sure they are absolutely perfect.  She then sends out your order for processing.  Typically orders take 2-3 weeks.  Tisha will hand deliver your order for you.  If you have purchased any wall art Tisha will professionally hang your purchases for you!  How cool is that!

Click here to contact Tisha today to see what packages are available!

2020 Quarantine Outdoor Photography

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For the first half of 2020 quarantine, outdoor photography was pretty much limited to your immediate family that lives with you only.  Like all of you, we were also on lockdown starting on March 27th, 2020.  With the lockdown of  the 2020 quarantine came a slew of emotions and unknowns.

Outdoor Photography

Outdoor photography of my son Ethan was a way for me to feel like I was creating.  I needed the outlet.  Photography isn’t just a job for me it is an essential part of my soul.  Without it I feel like i’m not myself.  I’m sure you all can relate.  So many things were taken from us.  It was a very difficult time for us all.   I myself,  struggled with some severe depression, fear & tons of anxieties over the next few weeks.  The way I got through though was by creating.   I continued to connect on social media to all my followers with images of my son & our life at home.  I worked on my skills in the editing process and brushed up on some other things.

Precious Memories

During the lockdown of 2020 quarantine, outdoor photography was a way for me to capture some special memories of my son right now.  He is 3 years old.  He has such a sweet personality.  I photographed him outside playing with the water hose, and with our bunnies.  I also took some more formal shots of him under this beautiful magnolia tree.  I am so happy that we will be able to have these memories of him preserved forever.  2020 Quarantine, Backyard Photography2020 Quarantine Ethan & TY2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outside Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outside Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outside Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outside Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outdoor Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outside Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outdoor Portraits2020 Quarantine, Ethan2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outdoor Portrait Photography2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outdoor Portraits2020 Quarantine, Ethan Outside Photography

Printing My Photos

I plan on printing most of these photos and creating a collage of memories.  I’m not sure if I will do an album or professionally framed prints.  Maybe a mix of both.  Seeing my photos in print really makes my day.  I love to come home and see all of these precious photographs of my family hanging up.  Being surrounded by beautiful memories is truly a blessing.

Click here to contact Tisha about preserving your beautiful memories today.

Dare To Dream? A Camp Hill Newborn Photographer

Dare to dream? A Camp Hill Newborn Photographer decided to take on some new and exciting challenges during the 2020 quarantine.

When Covid Hit

As a Camp Hill, PA Newborn Photographer my job is pretty amazing.  I get to cuddle and snuggle newborn babies on a pretty regular basis.  Who wouldn’t love that! When Covid-19 hit in March & I was forced to close my doors to all my clients.  I have to say I was pretty devastated.  I had to come up with some pretty creative ways to keep myself occupied.  That’s when I decided to start doing composite photography of my son.

What is a Composite?

What is a Composite you ask?  Let me tell you… When photographers say “composite” – they refer to an image that was constructed from two or more different photos. Most composites these days are done by layering images one on top of one another and then masking out the unwanted pieces using different methods.

Endless Possibilities

Dare to dream all the possibilities of using photographs in this way!  Wow!!  I thought if I knew how to do this the possibilities are endless.  So away I went.  I started off with taking a photo of Ethan in the bath tub.  I used his face in the “fishbowl” composite & added some bubbles & fish.  I wanted to make it look like he really had an upside down fishbowl on his head.  Pretty awesome!  I was hooked.  I tried my hand at having Ethan & his friend riding a dinosaur.  I did some Mother’s Day composites.  I put Ethan in a fish tank.  I made some images for my friends for Mother’s Day.  Safe to day I dare to dream big and I kept pretty busy.  Check out all the images I completed below.

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Back In Business

I know this helped me get through the lockdown emotionally & mentally.  It kept my mind off things. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of these fun images.  As your local Camp Hill Newborn Photographer I am proud to say I am back in business.   I’m loving every second of it.  Thanks for Daring to Dream with me! Click here to contact me today to book a session!

xoxoxo, Tisha~

Lyric & Michael’s Texas Wedding

Lyric & Michael’s Texas Wedding was amazing!  I love weddings, the excitement and joy that fills the day. I love the dress, the flowers, the details. There are SO many options for weddings theses days. Nothing is a off limits and each bride and groom can make their day as unique or traditional as they choose.  Texas weddings are on my list of faves though!

Narrow Down Photographers

Once you’ve narrowed down photographers whose work you like, and whose philosophy you seem to gel with, set up an in-person meeting (or a Skype session, if that’s what works). Then, figure out if you LIKE them. If you don’t, please don’t hire them. You spend enough time with your photographer on your wedding day that you should find them generally pleasant at minimum, possible-BFF-forever at maximum. (Only you know how much you care about love-loving them, but make sure you like them.)

LIGHTING SITUATION FOR YOUR WEDDING

Before we get too far into this idea of, “Just hire someone whose work makes you feel happy inside,” let’s have a quick reality check. The easiest wedding to shoot is a wedding in the daytime, with a ceremony under shade and great natural light. If that applies to you, ignore the rest of this paragraph. If, however, you’re getting married in a dark church or you’re having an outdoor evening wedding reception, it’s really important that you specifically look for a photographer that’s skilled with those lighting environments.

Don’t assume that experience equals skill in low lighting. Look for weddings shot in similar lighting environments in your photographer’s portfolio. Ask them specifically how they would handle your particular situation. Some photographers use external lights for dark receptions. Others may rely on their camera’s ability to see well in the dark. If you notice that after it gets dark, all wedding photos in the portfolio are processed in black and white, that’s a hint that the photographer may not be super comfortable in darker situations. Please note: Your wedding in a Gothic cathedral is not going to look like a wedding in a sunlit field, no matter who you hire, so don’t expect magic tricks.

Wood Badge Event Photos

Wood Badge Event Photos were a donation of my time with love for my father, Ray Landrum, who is a participant & leader in the Wood Badge program. Wood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Dillsburg PAWood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Dillsburg PAWood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Dillsburg PAWood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Dillsburg PAWood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Harrisburg PAWood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Harrisburg PAWood Badge Boy Scouts Of America Volunteer Event Photography in Harrisburg PA

What is Wood Badge?

Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier training course for adult leaders. It provides participants with practical tools to fulfill the aims and methods of the Scouting program. Wood Badge is leadership training for all Scout leaders including Scouters in Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA, Venturing Advisors, and all levels of BSA professional staff. This course draws on the leadership skills developed by the Boy Scouts of America, as well as on current leadership and team development models used by corporate America.  It is also used in academic circles and many successful outdoor leadership organizations throughout the country, presenting the latest in the leadership theory and team development.

The Wood Badge Training

As a participant in this course you will learn and develop leadership skills that will enhance your ability to deliver the promise of Scouting to your youth members.  The course is carried out within the context of Scouting ideals and service to young people.  It fosters fellowship, the spirit of brotherhood and a deep dedication.

The Wood Badge training will teach you leadership skills and how to apply them in Scouting and in your life. The course offers team building, listening and communication skills, and project and change management.  It also offers conflict management and resolution, coaching, mentoring and evaluation skills. There are a variety of fun projects and interactive games that will encourage you to practice the skills you will be learning. There will be classroom instruction also.

Finally, Wood Badge is the embodiment of Scouting spirit.  Associations and friendships made during the course often last a lifetime.  Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world.

Click here to contact me about booking your event photography.

How to survive as a small business in the Covid-19 outbreak.

How to survive as a small business in the Covid-19 outbreak. Friends, this is frustrating. And frightening. The Covid-19 pandemic is bringing the world to a standstill and small businesses are but some of the casualties.

As a Camp Hill, PA Photographer, I’ve been effected in many ways.  Weddings and sports are canceled, hospitals are prohibiting birth and Fresh 48 sessions. Clients are canceling high school senior, maternity & newborn photo sessions themselves as a precaution. This is income I rely on and now it’s delayed at best or gone for this year at worst. So what can YOU do to survive as a small business in the Covid-19 outbreak? I have some ideas to help. These ideas can’t bring those jobs back, but maybe, just maybe, they can help you hit the ground running when the world is ready to open up again.

Take Some Time To Grieve

This is a devastating time for photographers right now. In fact, thousands of small business owners and self-employed folks are struggling. It’s perfectly okay to be mad, frustrated, scared or sad. Acknowledge those feelings and let them wash over you so you can process them and begin to come to terms with them. It can be tempting to tell yourself “But so many people have it worse. I’m selfish for feeling this way when it’s so much worse for so many other people.” You might even hear that from family and friends. I know I have. And I call bullshit.

Your fear & frustration is very valid. Just because others ‘have it worse” does not take away from your feelings. Allowing yourself to be mad or sad or scared doesn’t make you ungrateful for what you have; it simply makes you human. You can also be grateful for other things in your life and still experience suffering and pain. Feelings aren’t mutually exclusive. Your frustration, your fear, your pain…it’s real. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for grieving the loss of this season and what it means for YOUR business. If all of this is too overwhelming, please seek professional help. It’s just as important to protect your mental health through this crisis as it is your physical health. Know you aren’t alone.

Connect With Other Businesses On Social Media

The entire WORLD has been turned UPSIDE DOWN. Every type of small business is suffering, all the world over. So please don’t feel like this is just you or your clients. This is literally happening everywhere. And it sucks. If it helps to talk with others facing your situation, consider joining some FB groups with other small businesses. Central Pa Supports Small Businesses is a great group to help support each other.  Other ones I’ve found to be great for information about how to apply for benefits is Pennsylvania Small Business Owners Seeking Rational Action to support one another right now.

Will the industry look the same as it did even a week ago? Probably not. But people will want and need our services once again when these restrictions are lifted and we start defining what “normal life” is again. Your concerns about the short-term are warranted. But I really don’t believe the need for what we have to offer ends right now. We Will Survive!

So What Can You Do?

Focus on the short-term first. Get in touch with clients you have on the books for the next few weeks and discuss how to proceed. Start the discussion yourself and focus on postponing or rescheduling sessions. For Photographers, Weddings will still take place. Families will still want family photos (maybe more so later on!) The class of 2021 will want senior pictures. True, some of your sessions can’t be rescheduled. Birth photographers, for example, are locked into a specific moment in time. But can you still serve that client even if you can’t be at their birth? Can you provide them with milestone sessions? A lifestyle session documenting a day in their life?

Think creatively about how you can still serve your clients!
Consult An Attorney About Your Contracts.

I’m seeing a lot of information passed around about what to do with deposits. Are they refundable? I’m not an attorney. These are unchartered waters, friend. No one knows how these will be viewed by the courts because we’ve never had to navigate this situation. This is a public health crisis. The point is, you might be getting some really bad, and incorrect, advice. If you want to know what part of your contract is enforceable, contact an attorney. They’ll need to see your contract and get the specifics to give you good solid advice. As much as Karen from facebook wants to hold herself out as the expert here, she’s not. (My apologies to all of you named Karen. I’m sure you’re all quite lovely.) I know the last thing you want to spend money on is an attorney. But a small fee right now might save you big down the road if you’re considering enforcing your retainers or deposits.

Survive As A Small Business Owner In The Covid-19 Outbreak.

Take a break from social media.  I realized I might need a break from social media. If all the stories and fighting and incorrect information are causing you stress, walk away from them. Answer questions through your business accounts but stop your feed. I installed this “Kill News Feed” Google Extension that blocks my feed so I could be more productive. But it’s also really helpful for when you need to take a break from it all. Keeping your spirits and morale intact will help you survive as a small business owner in the Covid-19 outbreak as much as anything.

Don’t Stress What You Don’t Know.

Focus on the here and now. You can worry about June & July soon enough if it comes to it. Take things one week at a time. Or one day at a time if that’s all you have in your right now. It’s much more manageable that way.  Don’t borrow trouble right now. I myeslf have been wondering, should I take on small sessions? Outdoor sessions? What’s okay to shoot right now? Honestly? I don’t know. I can only tell you what’s right for ME right now. And that might not be right for You.

Educate Yourself

The first step is to educate yourself about health risks and your social responsibilities. Educate yourself from reputable sources. See what your local health department is saying about continuing to conduct business. Then make your decisions. Don’t consult your local FB group because they really won’t be any help. You’ll get the gamut of answers from “Sure, it’s no big deal” to “You’re going to Kill Us All.” Again, consult the experts and make the decisions based on their guidance and what’s best for YOUR business.

Creative Ideas To Generate Some Income

A few ideas for income include: Sell gift certificates.  Offer an incentive to buy and pay for them now, such as buy one get one get one free or a buy one get a free later, etc. Anything to get some income coming in now, when you need it most. Contact old clients  and see if they are interested in purchasing things they didn’t before. Again, a great deal or incentive might help them move off-center. Try offering virtual sales.  There are plenty of ways to get the word out there with your offerings via facebook lives & instagram stories.  Take initiative to at least try.  You never know who might be interested. Add new friends & get new follows & likes!  This won’t generate huge income right away but it will give you something to do and hopefully grow a passive income stream you can use in the future. Use your related skills to generate some income. See if you can pick up some freelance writing jobs, website design, marketing consulting, etc.

Grow Your Virtual Community

During the coronavirus scare focus on growing your virtual community.  We will ALL be using social media more and more in the coming weeks as we look to stay connected to one another. Not only can you stay in touch with your existing clients, but this might also be a prime opportunity to connect, virtually, with new clients. So use this time to focusing on connecting and serving a virtual community. Offer some virtual services to your community. If you can’t get out to work, what can you do to serve your community, virtually, right now? We’ve got technology on our side! This is the time to use it and be creative. Host a Facebook live!  Put together a virtual class via Zoom on DIY.

Write a lesson plan moms can use with elementary school.   This is the time stand out from your peers by being part of the solution!

Blog

Catch your blog up with business related content. Or, and I know this sounds crazy, get ahead on your blogging! Write enough content to post for the next six weeks to six months and really crush it!  Work on your social media feeds. People will appreciate seeing “normal” posts. In fact, we are so inundated with Covid-19 posts and shares right now that your posts will probably stand out even more!! Get to work planning your social media posts for the next several weeks. Block out a few hours right now to plan your content through the end of May. What can you share if you aren’t generating new business? Share different business aspects from old stuff. Business tips. Funny memes. Uplifting stories. Share old blog posts. You still have content to share, even if you don’t have clients right now!

Update your marketing material

This might not be the time to advertise or market your services. But you can definitely get all your material in place for when the time is right. That welcome guide you’ve been putting off? Build it! Need to overhaul your pricing sheet? Do it now! This is a great opportunity to work on things like: price sheets, welcome guides, what’s next cards, referral program material, FAQs, magazines, brochures, rack cards, business cards, etc.

Update your website

Add new images (following best SEO practices of course). Freshen up your about me page. Add new backlinks to existing content. Or completely redesign it, if that’s been on your to-do list.

Work On/Start Your Email Marketing List

If you haven’t already started an e-mail marketing list, this is a great time to do so! If you have a marketing list, set aside some time to make new content for it!

Create/Revise Client Templates

I use templates to speed up my workflow when communicating with clients. If you don’t use templates, make some now. If you have templates, review them. Do they still meet your needs? Feel like you? Communicate your brand?

Brainstorm And Plan

If you didn’t take some time to plan out your year in December or January, now is the time. The next few months are still very much uncertain. But it won’t hurt to sketch out a plan for summer, fall and winter. What would you WANT your schedule to look like then? Do you want to offer a new type of product? Go after new clients? Get new accounts? Start planning for that now and work on your supporting material.

Reach Out To Other Small Businesses Or The Self-Employed

Have you ever wanted to collaborate with a vendor but you weren’t sure how? Reach out now and have some virtual meetings! Other small business owners stuck on the sidelines are probably every bit as frustrated as you are. Put your heads together to come up with some cool co-projects or co-marketing strategies to implement when we get the all-clear.

Take some online courses There are so many online resources available right now to help you grow.

Helpful Links;

Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PA CORONA VIRUS NUMBERS

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CORONA VIRUS WORLD MAP

Plan for Pennsylvania

Contact Tisha For More Information On How To Support Small Businesses.

My goal is to keep posting positivity.  As your local Camp Hill, PA Photographer I want to help out and practice what I’m preaching!  Click here to contact me & or connect! 

XOXOXO, Tisha

Camp Hill, PA Photographer – Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Camp Hill, Pa Photographer – Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).  How to survive as a small business in the Covid-19 outbreak.

Listed below is the link for Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as well as other helpful links for small businesses in these uncertain times.

What is PUA? Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a program that temporarily expands unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility to self-employed workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and part-time workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

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Helpful Links;

Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PA CORONA VIRUS NUMBERS

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CORONA VIRUS WORLD MAP

Plan for Pennsylvania

Contact Tisha For More Information On How To Support Small Businesses.

 

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