Why Small Businesses Matter
Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You're IT Marilyn Roos photography!
Three questions with Marilyn Roos.
Why did you start your business?
Twenty years ago, when my four children were young, I was put up for auction at their pre-school in Greenwich to do family portraits. I had ALWAYS taken pictures of people throughout my life, I had studied photography when I was younger and my dad had been a professional-caliber photographer, but I had not personally pursued it professionally.
Photography was a real passion for me. Anyway, two families got into a bidding war (during the auction) and I ended up doing both and raising money for the pre-school. Those families then spread the word to others and suddenly my business was launched. It’s an amazing realization when your passion can become your career.
What is your best-selling product/service?
This really depends on the time of year. During the fall, portraits are the most popular service, mostly for family portraits for holiday cards and senior portraits for the yearbook. During the spring, graduation shoots and mitzvahs keep me busy. During the summer, weddings and portraits are the shoots that I do mostly. I like having a diversity of different kinds of shoots. I also do baby and maternity, corporate, headshots, special occasions, conferences, as well as product shots throughout the year.
Have you "reimagined" your small business?
Yes, I was forced to reimagine my business during the pandemic. Photography is a luxury item and during COVID people were more conservative with their spending. Of course, there was limited contact among people as well, so I did “porchtraits” which were portrait sessions that were at a reduced cost with families posing on their porches or yards. A portion of the proceeds was donated to SAVE THE CHILDREN to help support their efforts in helping challenged families during the pandemic, globally.
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