My heart goes out to all of the new photographers who are trying to break into a certain area of this industry. It’s, HARD.
A few weeks ago, Peter and I were sitting on a bench at the dog park watching Dozer play when the sweetest thing I have ever seen happened. A little girl walked into the park and without hesitation, walked right up to another little girl and asked, “Excuse me, do you wanna be friends?” Without hesitation, the young girl shrugged her shoulders and responded, “sure!” My eyes began to tear up and the only thing that came out of my mouth was “WOW.” I then began to think about how I wish adults acted like this. I wish that we could put aside our differences, jealousy, and competitive-ness to just accept one another and be friends.
When I made the decision to start a wedding photography business I immediately stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to other wedding photographer’s in Southern California… I got shut down, well mostly ignored. I absolutely hate to admit it, but it’s the truth. All I wanted was to make friends with similar interests in wedding photography, being an entrepreneur and owning a small business. Running a small business is hard work and I strongly believe that having a great support system is the key to success. There are going to be times when you need to lean on someone and others need to lean on you. No one can do it alone.
I have amazing friends within this industry because I didn’t give up. I kept emailing, calling, and going to networking events. Eventually, I met the right people and I am so happy that I did! I urge you to continue to step out of your comfort zone. If you are looking for other creatives to connect with, but don’t know where to start? You are not alone. Check out the Rising Tide Society! This is a group that focuses on helping others grow. While you rally for their success, they will rally for you.
“A rising tide lifts all boats.”