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How Pounds Became a Game Changer for K.O Photo Studio

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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Keith Owens bought a Kodak point-and-shoot camera in high school and was immediately hooked on photography.
“I fell in love with taking pictures,” Owens said. “This was back when the Polaroid camera was out, and it was so much fun to watch the image appear!”

Owens is largely self-taught, taking a few classes in his youth to learn the basics about using a camera and learning darkroom technique. He honed his skills on family members and evolved quite naturally into professional photography. Owens thought things were going pretty well. Then, two years ago, he attended a SYNC event and met Vickie Viera.

POUNDS: What happened at SYNC?

K.O.: I was hearing from other photographers at the event that your lab should be helping you grow your business and become more efficient. My lab was not helping me do either of these things. I saw the Pounds booth at the event, and Vickie asked me to come and sit down with her and have a chat.

POUNDS: Was that chat with Vickie a game changer for you?

K.O.: Yes! It worked out perfectly. She helped me get going. Sure, there was a learning curve, but we got it going! I had no idea what Pounds could do to help me with my workflow. I thought this is awesome! I love the professionalism of Pounds, and the staff is very friendly.

POUNDS: How did Pounds help you grow your business?

K.O.: They not only helped me integrate my workflow and get organized, but they also helped me change the way I approach a photo shoot. Pounds helped me to feel more confident. If a client contacts me with a large project, I know I can handle it now. I’d always wanted to shoot an entire league. I had done plenty of high school sports teams. Some have up to five teams at their school. It was great, but still I wondered if I could handle an entire league. I had never felt confident enough to branch into that. After SYNC, and learning and talking with Vickie, we developed a system to handle large volume photography. An opportunity came up, and now I shoot leagues!

POUNDS: What’s next?

K.O.: I’m expanding! My wife now helps me out full time handling the marketing, business, and organization. We do it all. We work with the kids until they go to college, and we hope they come back when they grow up with their own families so we can begin the process all over again!

POUNDS: How would you sum up what it’s like working with K.O. Photo Studio?

K.O.: Fun! I try to keep it real and have fun with it. You want to keep the kids at ease. Every parent tells us how professional we are and that the kids had a lot of fun.

You can see more of K.O. Photo Studio on their website