Model for the Morning

When I started my virtual assistant business, I knew the day would come when the headshot I had my daughter take in the backyard would not cut it.  Thank goodness though for my Sara Belle.  One day early on, I needed a headshot lickety split as a client who hired me requested one for their website.  Sara Belle raced outside with me as I threw on a shirt that I thought was the perfect cross between business and me (all the while sporting running shorts).  And in five minutes, a headshot was created.  Five more minutes with a $4.99 photoshopping app on the phone and I was ready to hit ‘send.’ It was not great.  I looked a tad puffier from the ad hoc touch ups, and I am still not sure  what happened to the blurry trees in the background.  But it would have to do…

In the beginning of this adventure, I left the ‘fluff’ like a headshot to the side and focused on the work and my mission to help small businesses.  I wanted to get the word out about what I was doing and do great work for my new clients, so that I could build from there.  I did not (and still do not) have a fancy website or all the greatest gadgets.  And clearly, I did not have a professional headshot in the beginning.  My first purchases for my business were pieces of equipment (laptop) and training that I needed and I knew would benefit my clients.  However, fast forward nearly 18 months and I am in the position to add some ‘fluff.’

So one very, very cold (30 degrees on the Battery in Charleston with wind whipping) day in January, I became a model for the morning.  I posed and had my hair brushed to this side and that.  Hands were placed on my hips and off.  My head was tilted in weird angles that made me feel goofy.  But all the while I had visions of clients being dazzled in my head.  I told the wonderful photographer, Ellyn Darling, just make me look skinny and younger. Realizing that the poor woman is not a magician, I do think she captured me and who I am.  I now have a nice face for my business.  Moral of the story, when starting a small business, there is a lot of temptation to buy into fancy equipment, websites, photos etc.  But the reality is your business is your work.  And if you work hard, you will some day get to be a model even if just for the morning.