I've been wanting to write this post for a while now on community over competition. The beautiful and talented Natalie Franke made a tidal wave when she dropped these three simple words— Community. Over. Competition. I think it's safe to say that that #CommunityOverCompetion has gone viral in the photography and creative industry. Today, she and Krista Jones have soft-launched what is called Rising  Tide Society: Educating & Empowering Creatives to Thrive in the Spirit of #CommunityOverCompetition and I am all for it. There is nothing wrong with healthy competition but when competition gets to the point where we refuse to help others in our like-minded community, it only hurts us. There was a point where artists, photographers, and other creatives only cared about themselves and how far they can get and didn't give a second chance and helping build others up. Like Marirosa said on her blog, "I think the days of hard core competition among photographers has gone away." I couldn't agree with her more.  Granted, there are still some individuals who have the competitive nature ingrained within them and it's hard to let go of that if that's all you've known. But this movement of community is inspiring.

Over the last couple of months I have experienced the community and I've experienced the competition. I have my first wedding that I am shooting next month and I wanted to reach out to a few photographers that I admire and have heard of  and while some completely embraced me reaching out to them, there were a couple who got very defensive of their businesses and wanted no part in offering advice but rather  pointed out how long they've been in business, how they pay their taxes, and so on and it left me feeling a bit irritated. Unfortunately, those are people I wouldn't want to surround myself with. I would rather be surrounded by talented individuals who are hungry for community and healthy competition rather than the type of competition where individuals are constantly comparing themselves to others.

Community is inspiring. In a community people thrive and help each other. Let's get in on this movement and make a difference.  #CommunityOverCompetiton

Do you have a story about how community has helped you? I would love to hear it!