So today I just want to give a little shout out to the group that has done me the biggest favor in the world. Not only has it given me the strength to move forward in my business but it has also done me the favor of actually teaching me the things I need to know to flourish in this business. Photography is tough and no one understands that like another photographer. I guess that is pretty true of any job really huh? Everyone has a special talent- be it an astronaut or a sailor or a train conductor or a mom, we all do special things. We all have a special ability that will allow us to do our every day job. There are difficult jobs like being a lawyer and important jobs like being a doctor and there are pretty simple jobs like working at McDonalds. However, no matter what job you have I am sure it comes with its challenges. If you own your own business it will come with competition and the need to strive for the best and don't lets forget about the all important customer service! Working with other people is hard. Lets face it. Its really hard work to make sure that your customer is happy. Sometimes people can be the WORST but 99% of the time they can be the BEST. Working in the photography industry I get to see people mostly at their best. Actually, I have not met a difficult client yet! I love each and every one of the families I have photographed. There are some problems that may come up but we always work through them. It is important to keep in mind that people don't usually like being photographed and its hard for them to be in front of the camera. Keeping that in mind will help with the sensitivity issues you will face in my business. I am completely going around my topic here- lets get back on track!
As I said earlier I wanted to thank this company for everything they have done for me! What is this company, you ask? Well Clickin' Moms of course! Completely an online forum of other women (and some men!) that are there for you every step of the way through your photography journey. When I joined this group I thought I knew everything there was to know- ok actually that is not true at all!! I can't lie! I joined because I wanted to know everything there was to know about this business and how to make beautiful photographs. What I didn't realize at the time is that there is more to know about this business then I care to even dream about and I am learning new things every day. But keeping up with everything is only half the battle- you have to implement it into your work flow and your business model. Its not that easy to be successful in this business and we are all trying to hit our mark when it comes to that. Some of my learning is done online and some is done with just getting out there and trying it out! Clickin Moms has a magazine out as well. I read it every other month I get it in. From the front to the back- every page is read, highlighted and ear marked for something. I keep them all safe on a shelf so I can get back to them if I need to. I read the ads and I look things up that I didn't know before. I can't tell you how much I have learned just by reading this little magazine. I love, love, love it!!
Most people don't know that I offer photography classes. If you ever want to step a little out of your comfort zone and learn something new then come join me! For only $50 a person I can get you taking better photos in no time. I am not here to advertise about my classes though. I would however like to show you some before and after shots of my work. Some past work and some current work. I know I have improvement to do but who doesn't? I love my job and its worth the struggle daily. As any artist will understand there are ups and downs when it comes to your own abilities and public approval of your work. I figure as long as I am happy and staying busy then it will always come back to me full circle. I love that about life in general.
So here is a photo I took a couple years ago. It was my best photo at the time. I actually was so proud of it. Today I can find a million mistakes and I cringe just showing it to you. I don't post it anymore like I used to and I can't believe at one time that I thought this was good work. At the time it was the best I had done and I was really proud of it!
Now I am pulling out images like these and although I know they still need improvement I love them and I see a huge improvement in my own personal work. I just absolutely love my job!!
So to finish up I just can't say enough about this online community that I love and I just wish I could marry it...ok well you know what I mean. Wish me luck as I embark on my continued future as a photographer! If you like my work check me out! Then... please contact me today!