The Joys of a Newbie.

This post was entitled facetiously. There are definitely pros and cons to trying to start a photography business from the ground up especially being in a new area where there are several established photographers who've gained their client-base around the city. I know it's been a while since I've written. For those of you who care to read, I hope you missed me. :)  Just to give a heads up, I got a new job working as a teacher's aide and while I am not the sole teacher,  I went from zero to sixty in a matter of days. I've been so busy lately that I've neglected to keep up on posting and pretty much anything pertaining to our business. I guess I have somewhat hit a dry patch. Well, actually, more so the past year has pretty much been a dry patch. I know it takes time to grow a photography business— I get that. But I feel like I have spent a lot of time and effort into getting things done and it seems as everything is moving at a snail's pace. "Oh, the joys of a newbie." It's so hard sometimes to not give up. Ironic, I know because I had a previous post about that and just reblogged it a couple days ago. But honestly, if you're a newbie you can probably relate.  Twitter follower numbers are low, Facebook Page not publish, hardly any subjects for a portfolio, little to no client base , no money to purchase new equipment or a newer camera, the fear of failing and seeing your dreams go down the drain, little to no inquiries from photography Ads—the list can go on. All those things and more can take a toll on a newbie to the photography business. Maybe you've questioned yourself like I have recently and wondered if you can even be a photographer at this point.

After having all these thoughts running through my head, I wanted to write a post about something so looked at a couple blogs from different tags I searched and I came across the blog of a newbie much like myself, Samantha Bartlett. From reading around her blog, she seems to be a very sweet woman with a dream! The tag that I clicked on led me to her Mom With Cameras post. Much of how I've felt and some questioned I asked myself was intertwined in this post. It was quite insightful if I do say so, to read encouraging words from a fellow photograp{her}.

 "Everyone has to start somewhere and this is where I am.  I am not a young graduate who can take their camera and travel the world;  I do not have a photography degree and I certainly don’t understand all the technical stuff to photography, but does that mean I am not worthy to be called a “photographer”?  Who will you let determine whether or not you are one?...  While photography is an emerging business, it is also an art.  Anyone can own a DSLR, but not everyone will be good at what they do.  I am determined to not be just a “mom with camera.”  To become a legitimate photographer, I am going to keep learning, keep being inspired, and keep working on my art.  I will not let someone tell me whether or not I am worthy but will let my work speak for itself."

After reading that, I had to stop and think. It was one of those moments for a gut check. So what if I don't have a photography degree and may not understand everything about lighting or exposure compensation or metering, that doesn't disqualify me as a photographer. Don't get me wrong here, not everyone who owns a DSLR is a photographer ( post on that in the future). But, it is a dream of mine to have a successful photography business and I have a passion for it. So, Samantha was totally right when she said, "Who will you let determine whether or not you are [a photographer]?" My answer to that— Me, Myself and I.

While I am not yet a mother, I am determined to not just be a "girl with a nice DSLR" but rather, "to become a legitimate photographer, I am going to keep learning, keep being inspired, and keep working on my art. I will not let someone tell me whether or not I am worthy but will let my work speak for itself."   These words are so encouraging  and really stuck with me and I am walking away with a new outlook on myself and our business. I will do my best and then some, to learn more, study more, practice,  and execute so I can look back  and be proud of myself that I didn't let anyone else determine whether I am a photographer or not.

Be sure to check out Samantha's blog. Read it, be encouraged, and encourage her. :)