I thought People KNEW this but...
Do I know what I'm doing? Yep.
Do I have equipment that cost me almost an arm and a leg? Yep.
Do I have clients contacting me and setting up bookings? Yep.
Do I get random emails from people who really arn't interested in my photography? Yep.
Do I answer everyone fairly and friendly? Yep.
But I'm here today to not talk about clients, or business or even if I know what I'm doing or not.
I've noticed One Common trend in this business (photography) and I'm sure it pulls through with A LOT of businesses. Your Competetion.
I got a nasty email yesturday from another Vancouver photographer. He basically summed up that I wasn't a real photographer cause I hadn't been doing this long enough! Then signed the letter with a real nice sarcastic name.
I didn't start this blog to showcase how great of a photographer I was, I started this blog to show I was a REAL photographer and more importantly, a REAL person. Half of my posts have nothing to do with my photography. Most of it is just about me and what I'm doing, what I've done and what I hope to do.
So what, I'm a "newbie", who are people to say who is a photographer or not??
Why do I get snarky looks from other photographers when I'm out on shoots and they are too?
Why do I get nasty emails from people I don't even know?
Why do people go out of their way to NOT be nice?
Seriously, I'm writting this becuase I want all the "Newbie" Photographers coming in to know what it's like. It's not all bubblebum and lollipops. You have to be strong and not care about what other people say to you.
There will always be people who don't like your style.
Or don't like your personality.
BUT GUESS WHAT!?
There will always people who DO like you! and that will hire you! Who are excited for you to take their photos!
I will NEVER go out of my way to email a new photographer, or "OLDIE" for that matter, to write them some nasty letter... If anything, I will email them saying I love their work and hope to meet them one day! (and I do do that)
I strongly believe there's a thing people often FORGET 'Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You ', no really, it's VERY TRUE!
You wouldn't want someone emailing you saying mean, nasty things to you with no reason, would you? So why would you do that to someone else?
Same goes for Judging others on situations you, yourself are not in. You do not know that person or their life. So I recommend, do not Judge.
Food For Thought.
Now there is only a handful of reasons people will go out of their way to be nasty...
1) Their Jealous
2) Their Jealous & Are Bitter about themselves
or 3) Their Jealous, Bitter and don't have good Karma.
Karma ALWAYS pays you back.
Going out of your way to help people WILL always come back to YOU!
Reaching out to others will ALWAYS make you feel good!
Donating Services and Volunteering makes you a stronger, better person!
And what does that do - Makes Your buisness and your self worth, much higher than some bitter, old person sitting on their computer Upset about life.
And then you wonder why the New photographers are coming and taking your business?
I didn't Write this to upset others. I wrote this so others know I won't be beaten down or made to feel hurt for something I haven't done anything WRONG with!
I've done alot for my short time on this Earth, and I hope to do much more!
I have always been ambitious, and always will.
When I'm determined - I am determined, and generally NOTHING will get in my way.
So Next question? How do you let that go?
Well, your either don't or realize people generally only care about themselves, and only pretend to care about other people. I believe I'm in this world to find and work with others that geninely CARE about others and to not let anyone else rain on that parade.
So bring on that Sunshine and shine!
Thanks for everyone who reads, supports my facebook account and appriciates my work!
Love and Peace!