2014… I remember a day back way when, say 2008′ish (when I started professionally), I sat back and thought “When will this Custom Photography things take hold, and people out there grasp it, appreciate it, and hold on to it?!” lol
Well, now… here we are in 2014 and it seems like there is a photographer on every corner, and this massive feeling & need to compete, fight for clients, and separate ourselves from the competition. EVERYONE understands custom photography now, and it seems like everyone wants to hold on to a chunk of it.
After I give my 10 Steps to a Happier Photographer in 2014… take a second to read the rest of this lovely little blog post.. hear my experience and trust in my notion… it’s worth it to hear, and see, my story on this matter.
With that being said… we have gained this giant LEAP in the business aspect (clients now appreciate custom photography, and understand it), but we have made a huge step BACKWARDS in other aspects… fighting for clients, cut throat pricing & back stabbing
Through Prop Insanity, I meet and talk to many photographers, and vendors, world wide,
This is the major downside and will be the down fall of our industry. Artistic people fighting against one another… calling each other out, not making room for the next creative to have a chance, and finding ways to sabotage each other. YUCKY!
And this goes for photographers & vendors a like.
HOWEVER, I want to share something with all of you, some glimmer of hope.
And I bet I am hoping I’m not the only one out there…
I am a lucky photographer girl… in one simple & honest fact,
no B.S, I’m not trying to fool you… it’s the honest trust… WE ARE FRIENDS!!
Well… of course not every photographer in the area partakes or wishes to be a part, to each his/her own… but for those of us who have embraced each other, our talents, as professionals in the same working world, we are flourishing with the help of our peers,
and smiling all the while.
So I wanted to share my thoughts… and an easy “count down” to helping you find more happiness in yourself, and the industry as a “whole” in 2014. It’s time to make friends, not separate yourself from the crowd.
(cuz nothing drabs the soul like a mean-bean)
Let me make one thing very VERY clear.
This is NOT a case of “keep your friends close and enemies closer”. That is BS … yet unfortunately how a majority of this industry (and many others) has been fallen victim to.
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE, which is the major point of this drawn out, yippity yappity blog post
(now 10 hour long writing extravaganza of mine)...
We don’t have to be frien’enemies… we can just simply be FRIENDS!
Colleagues, teachers, students shoulder to lean, ear to bend…
“talk dirty shop, clients & studio lingo to me” … FRIENDS.
I’m proud to be a part of this group, these professionals are my friends… we help, support, guide and even… gasp…. REFER CLIENTS to each other! I know, unreal right?!
Actually… it makes me very sad for the professionals out there who do not have something as wonderful as this. A support system and friends in the industry who understand our struggles, our goals and our love for photography. Which is why…
And if the group doesn’t work out for you, or you find it unsupportive or non constructive… like a “clique” vs a common group… than leave it, join another, or start your own and invite your friends to join.
Our small (yet growing) group of locals… connect on a personal and professional levels.
But we are also mothers, working parents, and of course so much more. We don’t let our client gain get in the way of something bigger… US.
We don’t compete, in fact we support and refer clients to each others business’s. We even set up dates monthly/bi-monthly to meet up and talk in person (aside from our chat group which we all pretty much engage in daily). Meeting face to face is so refreshing.
We have connected, through our local professional photography group, to do one major thing…
In fact, all of the images you see in this post are from photographers in my local group.
They are amazingly talented, and I refer my own clients to them again and again. I’m proud to be their friends, and in association with great professionals such as them <3 As a matter of fact, our “small group” has turned into quit a large gathering of talent. HOWEVER… even as large as we have grown (40+ members), it has stayed an enormous support system for each and every member.
Here are their links, my friends & local colleagues … CHECK.THEM.OUT…
in no particular order, cuz they are all amazing talents
Grace Wears fur - Ashlyn Adele Photography - Photography by Kristen Marie -
Anja Photography - Ashley Nicole Photography & Design - Britt Anderson Photography -
JC Photography - Jessica Weinstock Photography - Kathryn Shores Photography
Dory L Tuohey Photograph - Sarah Severson Photography -
Lindsay Powel Photography -Heather Hart Studio - Erica Lynn Photography -
Gleam Photography - Kristin La Voie Photography
Artful Heart Photography - Courtney Van Alice Photography - Carley Kay Photography -
Tracy Joy Photography - Stephanie Kelley Photography - Keren Sarai Photography -
Aullmyn Photography and Design - Christine Navarre Photography
Erin Nisi Photography - Rachel B. Photo Studio LLC - Golden Photography -
Sally Roeckell Photography/Table & Dish - Elvie Diaz Photography -
Melody in Bloom Photography - JB Photography
Bella Jackson Photography - Picsy Photography
Ashley Marie Photography - Becky Batchelor Photography - Katie Hall Photography -
Elle Baker Photography - Amy Eckert Portrait Art