Photography Tips and Tricks
Why I do what I do- a common question I get asked
I get asked A LOT of questions around my business as well as photography tips and tricks…from other photographers asking… to the every day friend or acquaintance… Some questions have been— “Why would you spend the day teaching 17 other photographers things you’ve learned a long the way? Aren’t you just giving them all of your photography tips and tricks?” “Seriously you’re going to do head shots for them all?- WHY?” “Do you really think they enjoyed it and learned from it?” “Why do you do the things you do?” “Are you really making money doing this?”
My reply… YES I’m going to do head shots for all of them…and that’s probably the most fun part!!!
You might also be asking why I did this…well as I was starting up my business 7 years ago I desired to have someone to talk to…to take great pictures with…and most of all I wanted a great head shot that I could post on my blog (this was before social media was so prevalent in our businesses). So in turn I wanted to help these photographers out…it sure would have helped me out when I got started. .
I want to take a minute to focus on the first question…”Why would you spend the day teaching 17 other photographers things you’ve learned a long the way? Aren’t you just giving them all of your photography tips and tricks?” Yes, in fact I am. Maybe not all on this particular day. If I did that it would bombard them and they would walk away with NOTHING.
My goal is to help these ladies out…see them grow. See them personally grow FIRST. If you as a person aren’t growing your business will NEVER grow. That’s just a fact. Teaching them from my mistakes, my growth, my learning and my knowledge will only be a help. When I first started out in photography…I searched and searched for someone that would teach me…even weekly lessons. They were no where to be found. One day I came across a photographer who was about 40 minutes from me, who offered photography lessons. I was THRILLED!!!! I contacted her and the first question she replied with was…”Where are you located?”. Of course I told her where I was…she replied back with this…”Sorry but I don’t teach lessons to those within a 75 mile radius of where I am located.” I can remember reading that email and wondering what in the world? Does she really think I would be competition to her? I mean really I don’t even know how to operate my camera. Hmmmm…was the question left lingering in my mind.
Lets say this…at that time I never wanted to teach or become a professional photographer, I just wanted to learn. I had just come back from a week long photography class in Olympia Washington…I just enjoyed this hobby!! I can remember telling my mom…IF –which I never will…but IF I ever taught I would NEVER put that limit on it…and I’m so pleased to say…I have kept my word.
Why have I kept my word? Because I want you to truly learn your art…your craft…do I feel competition…in NO WAY. There are clients for anyone and everyone…do I believe you should invest in your art and craft? ABSOLUTELY! Don’t get stagnant and complacent…we have ENOUGH of that in the world and in this particular market.
I hope this helped someone…are you doing anything to further your education in your art and in your craft?
Feel free to comment below, I’d love to hear…I might just learn something new!! *wink*