Positive thoughts and prayer go a long way.
I always pride myself for seeing the positive in every situation. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I've never been one to constantly be negative about a situation. If something is done and cannot be changed, then wasting energy on it isn't productive. It most certainly doesn't change the outcome.
I was getting frustrated with the whole marketing side of my businesses, but then I realized that I honestly had been doing very little and what I was doing was very passive. After all, running a photography business is 80% business and marketing and 20% actual photography. I cranked out the images from February to June, but not nearly as much as I should or could have done. Starting in June, I stepped up my game even more. I put myself out there EVEN MORE, networked EVEN MORE, had EVEN MORE sessions that I had before, etc.
I still wanted more. I wanted my business to grow and grow.
I had the opportunity to do another photography job in additional to my business and I got it. Long story short, it didn't work out like I had planned. I was bummed at the loss of that income, but at the same time, I saw that fail as a positive. When one door closes another opens, and I truly believe that. I then worked more and more on different concepts and have upcoming events that I'm a part of (hello, media pass!). In addition to that, EVEN MORE connections and opportunities. I always networked, but I kept it up and made it a point to introduce myself to people that I don't know. By working in photography and in fashion, it is just a given that you will meet people. It happens. Working with fashion definitely has its perks, because you have access to wonderful people with different skillset; models, makeup artists, hair stylists, stylists, other photographers, etc. All of these people work as a team. They also can help collaborate with you or work with you on an upcoming project or session (i.e. hire a MUA for a boudoir session or bridal session, hire a stylist for an editorial shoot, refer a shoot to another photographer because you're unable to, etc).
While I was still being frustrated, I thought long and hard about everything (I NEVER thought of quitting). I tried to keep positive and prayed for a sign. While I was out of a photoshoot, I had people notice me and they came up to me. When I was finished, they asked about me being photographer and gave them a couple of cards.
A little bit after that I received an inquiry about photographing a wedding. I then become even more sad, because I had originally not planned to do weddings. I photographed a wedding about two years ago, but that's it (I ended up quitting photography that same year; 2012 and didn't pick it back up until February 2014). My husband couldn't understand why that I didn't want to, since I did a good job on the one I did. After talking about it with a few other people (mostly people that I never met, but know from a secret worldwide photographer FB group), I decided that I should. I NEVER said that I didn't want to, I just hadn't planned on doing them. Instead of taking weddings on by myself immediately (which it won't be some time before I feel comfortable with doing that), I'm going to second shoot.
Well, on Saturday night, I got the opportunity to second shoot a wedding for my portfolio and cover a reception by myself. Yay :-)
So, here I am with another part of my business that I plan on growing over time. I'm so happy with how things are going. All that you did to do is to be proactive, good at what you do, and be positive. Things will work out :-)
On August 6: I know that it isn't or won't be a big deal to some, but it's a big deal to me!! Yesterday on 500px, my image of Kym appeared on page ONE of POPULAR images in the fashion category (Scores are based on favorites and likes. The higher and higher your score, the more and more likes and favorites you need to move your score up, since they are worth "less" at higher numbers). Nevertheless, I think that's pretty cool, especially since this is one of my favorite images from her photoshoot and one of my favorites that I've taken.
Another cool moment? Laura from America's Next Top Model and America's Next Top Model All-Stars commented and liked one of my images that I took of a model (the model knows Laura and she had attended her workshop). Excuse me, while I fangirled out, because I did.
These next two weeks are going to be extremely busy; editing images, finishing updating my website (tweaking the design again), catching up blogging my sessions, cleaning out the room that will be my office, preparing for my upcoming sessions, etc.
Until next time...
Until next time...
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