Keeping it in the Family

Recently my daughter and I started a side business together. My daughter watched me run a market stall selling my landscape photographs many years ago, has watched both my husband run a Glazing business and myself running Elana Halvorson Photography and has been forever coming up with various schemes of businesses she could run, one of the latest was a baby sitting service. Of course I had to explain that it’s hard to offer babysitting services to people as a 12-year-old whose parents are still not prepared to leave her alone at night. I do love her entrepreneurial spirit though and I’d really like to give her a good head start in running her own business and earning her own money. I’m also looking at it from the point of view of teaching her things like presentation, marketing and sales. The other thing is I would like her to start thinking about courses she can do later on to help her run a successful business.  

I’ve been making my own soap for a few years now, so I put it to my daughter and she was really excited by the idea. After all when I would go to a market that’s what I used to come home with. Soap, pickles and sauces! My daughter is quite the little artist so she is working on the logo for us and helping to make the bath salts and foot soaks etc. I’m not too keen on letting her handle lye yet. Soon, when I get over the fact she’s not 5 anymore. Anyone who has read up on how to make soap will know where I’m coming from. It took several years for me to get the courage to attempt making soap. When every tutorial tells you to wear safety goggles, gloves and make sure you add the lye to the water not the other way around you know you’re dealing with some serious stuff!

So getting to the purpose of this blog post and how does it relate to my photography? I have set up a Facebook page for EK body (mine and my daughters first initials) https://www.facebook.com/EKBody/ which is the name at the moment although another stall holder suggested I should go for something more dynamic like Sentsational Soaps or Essential Soaps. I’m thinking that one through. Anyway I needed a picture for our cover photo and I thought it might be nice to make it feel a little personal by having a photo of my daughter and I near our products. Initially I was going to set up my studio lighting and our products but in the end it made just as much sense to take one at the market itself.  I set all the camera settings for my husband set up the flash for him, stood in the place I needed to stand to get the shot I wanted, I handed the camera to my husband to take the photos and then I checked them. They were all blurred and he didn’t understand why. What I hadn’t counted on is that he wouldn’t move the focus point and he was focusing on the fence behind us.

The point is, I have had years of experience with SLR camera’s and most of what I do is just automatic. I forgot that he has very little. Lesson learned and we got there in the end.

From the first round of shots

From the first round of shots

Finally got there

Finally got there