Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Photography by mj, LLC is a 2019 award winner for photographers in Virginia!
If you’re looking for a photographer who can capture the moment like no one else, look no further than Photography by mj, LLC in Chesapeake.
Photography by mj, LLC has received more than 100 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.83 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 99.28 and two Top Rated Local for 2018 — one for ranking among the top 100 businesses in Virginia and one for being ranked the number one photographer in Virginia!
Here’s just one of mj’s many five-star reviews:
“mj is the BABY WHISPERER! We took our newborn son to her studio for his photos at eight days old. He slept soundly for two solid hours with her while she changed his outfits / changed his position / changed his backgrounds. Her creativity and professionalism is AMAZING, and her product is PRICELESS. My husband was a little skeptical about the financial investment, but after going to the newborn photo session, he was happy to provide all of our credit card information for SO many photos! We are lucky to have found mj and will definitely be coming back for future sessions!” – Samantha W.
Not Your Average Photographer
We sat down with mj herself to learn a little more about Photography by mj, LLC and how she managed to build such an impressive online reputation for her business.
The first thing we wanted to know is what makes Photography by mj different from the many other photographers in Virginia. Here’s what mj had to say:
“I provide an overall experience when you work with me. I don’t just shoot and send you off with a CD of pictures. No, I conduct everything in person, so you are well informed along the way, and I help my clients make choices that will best work for them. I first have an in-person consult, where we get the chance to meet, you get to see the studio space, see all the cute props I offer and examine amazing sample products, and we’ll go over pricing and payment options together. My clients leave with wall art to showcase in their homes, albums to cherish and folio boxes to preserve their memories.”
We also asked mj why she does what she does and how she works to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:
“I LOVE this question, because my motto has always been, ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I LOVE my job! I get to work with families who JUST brought a brand-new, tiny life into the world! It’s an honor when they choose me to document this stage that will just FLY BY. Their baby will NEVER be this small again. Newborn photography is its own art, and when done correctly, it’s a beautiful keepsake of those first few days of life. In those first few days, life is a blur! Most parents are just trying to survive each day, and they don’t always get a chance to take in all the sweet little features of their baby. I LOVE that I can capture the little back rolls, their sweet little lips, all pursed together, the tiny little hands and toes.”
Building Success Through Good Customer Service
mj credits her business’ strong online reputation to her commitment to providing good customer service:
“My clients usually understand that my small business is personal, and it thrives on online reviews, so most will review me either on Google or Facebook just because they had such a wonderful experience with me. That’s pretty awesome because I am a newborn photographer. Glowing reviews are what an expectant family wants to see when hiring a photographer to work with their precious baby.”
Outside of building a powerful online reputation, networking has been key to growth for Photography by mj:
“I love venturing out into the actual world and connecting with other businesses that might have the same clients I do and helping each other out! I try to connect with other businesses that cater to new moms. I also will host events in the studio. I’ve done several open houses, where folks can come out, meet me, see all the goodies I offer and book sessions on the spot. In such an online world, I think people often forget about the power of good ol’ fashioned networking.”
Clearly, mj understands a thing or two about how to grow a business and build an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other business owners out there working to do the same thing:
“Social media [marketing] is a great start. I stay active on Facebook and Instagram. I LOVE posting behind the scene [photos] on my Instagram stories, too! I think it’s great for people to see me in action. But you cannot depend on those alone to bring in clients. Most of my clients find me on Google, so your website and SEO have got to be on point! Having an organic reach is the best way to really bring in the right clients.”
Congratulations to Photography by mj, LLC for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, mj, for taking the time to speak with us!
We highly recommend Photography by mj, LLC in Chesapeake. Visit mj’s website today!