Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Landspurg.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bonnie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The idea for the Pop Up Photo Shop came to be this past January. I was sitting in my living room crafting to do a little photo shoot for my babies six month birthday. I was just setting up a little backdrop to take pictures of her with my iPhone in our front yard. This is something I had done for years with my older daughter; monthly milestone photos with a cute little backdrop. Then, the idea hit me like a ton of bricks. I literally jumped up and ran to my husband and started explaining it to him. He saw the passion in my eyes and knew I was onto something. We hustled so hard after that to launch our business in time for Valentine’s Day. This whole concept of setting up multiple backdrops, letting people bring their babies and kiddos and take as many pictures as they want with their own phone or camera was a completely fresh, new and original idea. Nobody was doing this before me! It feels amazing to have thought of an original idea and to be able to offer this alternative to professional photography. Most families cannot afford to pay a photographer for pictures for every holiday; it’s just too expensive. That’s why the Pop Up Photo Shop is so brilliant. For around $20 per family, you can get adorable monthly photos of your kiddos. We’re creating memories, one backdrop at a time!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think any small business owner can say they’ve had a completely smooth road. There is so much to learn and you have to constantly adapt to changes in social media. My business is run entirely via Instagram and Facebook. I had to teach myself how to navigate running my business through social media. I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. I think it’s different for everyone depending on your business and your clientele. The hardest part of launching the Pop Up Photo Shop has been accepting that people have copied my idea. Anytime you’re the first person to start doing something you have to expect that people will copy you. It’s hard but I just have to stay true to myself and to the reasons I launched this business in the first place. I can choose to be angry or I can choose to be flattered and move on. Thousands of other people out there have had their ideas, designs or art copied. It’s incredibly difficult to deal with.
At the end of the day, you have to remember that you only have control over yourself and your actions. So, I choose to be kind, to focus on the good, to try to be a bright shining light for anyone out there who may need that in their life. It’s important to remember your “why” and keep that at the heart of everything you do. Nobody can take away your style, your vision or your dream. That is yours and yours alone. Hold onto it tight. People love this business and my clients have been incredibly supportive. My Instagram following has rapidly grown because people feel loved and happy when they visit my page and when they come to a Pop Up in person. That is an incredible accomplishment. It makes all the hardships worthwhile.
What should we know about Pop Up Photo Shop? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Pop Up Photo Shop is different than anything else out there! It’s a completely fresh, new twist on photography. I am not a photographer (although I like to tease that I can take some pretty great iPhone photos!). What sets this business apart is that you take, edit and own all your photos here. I set up adorable backdrops and scenes for you to take them in! Easy as that. It really takes so much stress out of a photo shoot because you’re not spending a fortune and I don’t book out appointments. So, you can take as long as you’d like to get the photos you love. We all know babies and kids aren’t always cooperative when it comes to taking pictures but I’m here to help you and make sure you leave happy! The experience is just as important as the photos you get. Trust me that you’ll feel a difference at the Pop Up Photo Shop. You’ll be back time and time again.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I was always a pretty independent and strong-willed child. I definitely know how to stand my ground. My dad tells this story about when I was three and I was riding my tricycle on the sidewalk in front of our house. A bigger kid came by on a bike and told me to move onto the street so he could get by. I refused. I sat right there on the sidewalk in his way and told him he could go around me, and he did. That’s just a small example but I definitely feel like a strong-willed child turns into a confident, assertive adult. Those are great qualities to have in general, but especially if you’re an entrepreneur!
- Price varies per backdrop; typically $10-$20 per family, per backdrop!
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