I think when it time to send Dawn the invite to ask her to be a part of the P31 Conference ( A Christian Women’s Photography/Artist Conference this Fall) I was shaking, a little dizzy and most likely felt nauseous. The intimidation was almost overwhelming as I have so admired and respected Bob and Dawn for years. Never in a million years had I imagined that I would get the opportunity to meet her, let alone have her as a friend. Almost immediately Dawn replied with the sweetest message and asked when we could chat. Over the next few weeks we played phone tag between our weddings and their workshops. When we finally got on the phone all nerves subsided as I was greatest by one of the purest hearts around. Her warmth and vulnerability overwhelmed my heart and I knew this was the beginning of something so beautiful. I am sincerely grateful to have her in my life and to have her come alongside me in this faith walk as one of the speakers at the Pursuit 31 Conference. I am literally overwhelmed with thankfulness to the Lord for bringing us together.
So for those of you joining us at the Conference you are in for a REAL treat! I’m certain you will get to know Dawn even better and come to love her as I do. But for now I thought it would be fun to give you a little insight into this amazing women. Without further ado…. Dawn Davis!
What is your favorite thing to do on a free afternoon?
A free afternoon, ha! I don’t have those often but when I do, I love to spend time with my family. Bob and I truly value family and we spend as much quality time with our kiddos as we can. We have always agreed that what we focus on first is what happens under our own roof. We try very hard not to let any negative influences in the world navigate into our personal lives. Ohhhh, and one of my most favorite things to do when my kids are in school is to take a break and go to the doggie park with my puppy!!! It’s his most favorite thing to do too!!!
What is a random fact about you?
I love to sing really loud in the car but I don’t sing well at all, so I make sure the windows are up or the music is loud so no one can hear me.
How did you get into Photography & Design?
I was dragged into the photography by my husband, Bob, kicking and screaming. Ha! Seriously, photography has been a huge part of my life ever since Bob and I started dating. We do most everything together as a couple so I would attend every photography conference and judging with him. It wasn’t until 2005, when we received our first BIG job with Oprah, that I quit my job as an Accountant to design a fine art book for her. I have the left brain right brain thing going on but I lean heavily towards the analytic side of running a business. I was able to create our website using Showit, and our branding/marketing materials within a few months and go full force into running our business. When I attended conferences such as WPPI and PPA, I spent every single moment learning about business and networking. It’s such an important part of running a business. You can be the most talented photographer in the world, but if you don’t know how to sell yourself, it’s likely you’ll end up being a starving artist.
What do you wish someone would’ve told you when you first started out?
I wish someone would have told me to take the business out of the meeting!
What is your dream job or dream client to work with?
Ohhh hands down, I so badly want Bob to photograph and for me to design a fine art book from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wedding………. if they ever get married. I love everything about them. I love that they have adopted children and that they do mission work around the world. Bob and I can totally relate to them. Well, except for the bazillions of dollars they make! LOL.
What is your greatest fear?
I don’t really have any great fears. I believe that if you put that out in the universe, it will come to fruition. ( P.S. I LOVE THIS! ~ Karen)
What is your favorite part about your job?
There are so many things I love about my job. First and foremost, I love working with my husband. We’ve been married for 20 years and the last 8 years we have been working together. It’s been, by far, the most rewarding years! I love meeting with clients, talking about wedding dress and shoes, how they met, and how Bob and I met. I love getting to know people and learning as much as I can. I love that we can laugh together and sometimes cry together. I fully believe in taking the business out of the meeting. With that being said, we it’s incredibly important that you are a business person. But not at the consultation. For us, it just doesn’t work.
What drew you to be a part of the Pursuit 31 Conference?
Over the last year, at several conferences and meet ups, the names Karen + Isaac Stott would come up in conversation. Everyone always told me that I will fall in love with them when I meet them. Secretly, I already had. I’ve been spying on the from afar for awhile and when Karen sent me a video asking if I could consider being a speaker at the Pursuit 31 conference in Atlanta, I knew it was the Lord’s doing. I know that my true gift in life is to inspire, be a sparker for others. And this platform will allow me to spread the love even further.
What excites you most about the Conference?
I’m excited about meeting and getting to know everyone!!! It’s one of my most favorite things in the world to do! I know that I have a lot to share but more importantly, it’s what others will be sharing with me is what I’m most excited about.
What are you excited to teach, share or experience with the women at the Conference?
I’m super excited to share my love for our dear Lord. I was not raise around a church and still can not quote scripture to save my life. But what I have come to realize in my life is that God wants an abundance of goodness for us all. Before quitting my job in 2005, our motto was “If it was easy, it wasn’t meant for the Davis family”. It was always one step forward and ten steps back for us. One day, I read a book that changed my life, our family’s lives, called The Prayer of Jabez. It was truly a “Dear Dawn” for me. I learned so much from this tiny little book. Most importantly, I learned that I was okay to ask God for help. Since then, I have wholeheartedly given myself to Him. Not in a simple way, but with everything I’ve got. My relationship with Him is very raw, and very pure. I have a ton to learn and I’m so open to that. I’ve always known that God has big plans for me, but I had NO idea how far he would expand my territory.
I’m also very excited to share how we have taken our small town business to success and how you can too. I will share how I raised our prices to meet the client who appreciates us for our talents, how we handle client meetings, how we win over our client’s respect. I’ll discuss how we manage our workflow and post production process, along with the decisions we made on our branding, and our marketing approach
Here are some amazing videos to help you get to know Bob & Dawn a little more:
EEEEEEEEK!!!! I don’t know about you but this gets me SUPER excited for October!
If you would like to join Dawn Davis & I, as well as Mary Marantz, Jane Johnson, Jody Gray, Elizabeth Ann King, Desirea Rodgers & Katelyn James
this October for 4 days of insane girl fun, we would LOOOOOOOVEEE to have you!
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