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Scott Josuweit

Scott is a wedding, Engagement, event, maternity, senior, family, and portrait photographer based in york, PENNSYLVANIA.

Business:  SMJ Photography
Website:  WWW.SMJPHOTOGRAPHY.NET
Ig:     SMJPHOTO
Location:  York, pennsylvania  


WHAT IS IN YOUR CAMERA BAG?

2x Sony A9, Sony 16-35 f/4, Sony 35 f/1.4, Sony 85 f/1.4, Sony 90 f/2.8 Macro, Sony 70-200 f/2.8, Sigma 135 f/1.8, 4x Godox AD200, and lots of MagMod gear!


WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

Weddings, engagements, events, portraits, maternity, high school seniors, and families


GIVE ME YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH.

You know how you want to actually enjoy your wedding day but still have photos full of life and creativity? That’s what I do. I take a hands-on approach so you can just be you and live in the moments.


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

I bought my first DSLR to take better photos of animals, and now I'm a full-time wedding photographer! I really enjoy seeing people's reactions to their photos and giving them tangible products so they can relive those priceless memories every day for the rest of their lives.


IF YOUR BRAND AND/OR BUSINESS HAD A PERSONALITY, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?

It's loud yet a good listener. It's classic yet not cookie-cutter. It genuinely cares about others and will always put others' wants and needs before it's own.


HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF IN YOUR LOCAL MARKET?

My local market is more saturated with natural light/light and airy photographers, so my work naturally stands out as it's a stark contrast to most of what's out there. I also take a very hands-on approach with the photography process with my clients. In place of sending them an email with a gallery link, I sit down with them and show them what they can do with their photos and handle the entire process so they can just enjoy their new memories. Finally, I require all of them to receive print products because I truly believe in the power of printing our memories.



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WHO ARE YOUR BUSINESS HEROS?

Ben Hartley, Pye Jirsa, Dave Moss, Donald Miller


Share 3 adjectives that describe you personally. 

Introvert, ambitious, strong


SHARE 3 ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE. 

Bold, authentic, full of life


Describe your dream client. 

People who appreciate what I do


Describe the primary feeling/message you want your clients to experience when interacting with your business.  

I want their relationship with each other to become stronger than ever before. I want them to value each other and the memories they share together more than ever. I want them to feel understood and that their photos actually look and feel like them. I want them to feel like they don't need to worry about a thing because they trust me.


WHAT Year was your first paid session and how much did you charge for it?

2013- $250 


WHAT ONE ACTION CAUSED YOU TO SEE THE MOST GROWTH IN YOUR BUSINESS?

Hiring a business coach


WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST BUSINESS FAILURES?

Not raising my prices sooner



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How did you know when to "quit your day job" and go full-time with photography? 

For me, it was having one full year of income (not just profit) saved up. I was a 7th grade special education math teacher so it all came down to the numbers for me!


WHEN DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU "MADE IT" AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?

I became a MagMod ambassador in 2019 and it was a bit surreal. I had been a loyal customer and user of their products for years and them recognizing my work and supporting me has been a real dream come true. I had the honor of speaking at their booth at WPPI in March 2020 and that was the first time where I really felt like I had made it as a photographer.


What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you started your business? 

It's 75% business and 25% photography.


WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSE?

I want to help other photographers (and small businesses) clarify their message, automate their processes, strengthen their purpose, and earn a living doing what they love.


WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS?

Balancing business and personal life


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

Anything with chocolate peanut butter


WHAT IS THE THING YOU'RE MOST LIKELY TO END UP IN JAIL FOR?

It's 2020 so it would likely be for fighting someone who yelled at me for wearing a mask. Haha!




Scott Josuweit

SMJ PHOTOGRAPHY


If you would like more information on Scott's services please visit hIS website 

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