Making Connections, Ice Cream & a Massage: Southpointe Chamber 2020 Trade Show

I am always looking for ways to let people know that my photography and videography is more than just a hobby - it's a business. So, when my dad emailed me a link for the Southpointe Chamber 2020 Trade Show, I jumped at the chance to sign up and start networking.

Knowing this event would attract various types of people and businesses, I wanted to show an assortment of my work. For my table display, I framed examples of the types of photography I focus on: couples, branding, and headshots. Although it is not shown in the pictures, I also set up my laptop to display my website homepage which shows clips from wedding videos on a continuous loop. As for contact information, people passing by could pick up a business card or postcard with some of my favorite pictures, a list of my services, and a discount code.

From 10 to 11 a.m., representatives from the businesses walked around with a focus on business to business communication. As I made my rounds, I received free ice cream from Bruster's and a massage from Southpointe Massage Therapy. By 11 a.m., the doors opened to the public and at 1 p.m. the Washington County Commissioners made an appearance to hold a question and answer session.

On most tables, you would find some type of giveaway: a free service, a chance to win a gift card, etc. My giveaway was a free headshot session in which the winner could use the pictures for their social media, website, or business cards. Roberta Williams from Self Furbish won my giveaway.

Overall, it was a fun day full of meeting new people and spreading the word about my business. It was a great experience that allowed me to reach a much wider audience that extends beyond my social media followers.