Sunday, July 08, 2007
out of my comfort zone, a bit anyway!
Ok, so I decided to do something nice for other people, not anything huge but kinda. I added a bunch of links to my friend's photography sites, now listed under 'links' here on the blog. May not seem like a big deal but let me explain. So as of January as some of you may know, I have had the wonderful pleasure of opening up my network of photographers by a bajillion, and it has really and truly changed my way of working, how I shoot, how I view business relationships- lots of things. We talk a lot about helping each other with no regard for what or how it can affect us. Nice in theory, but hard to truly embrace and act on for a lot of people, I have found. So. Deciding to add fellow photographers, who are my direct competition to my site can be seen as maybe not the smartest thing, business-wise, to do. I mean, don't I want to stay in front, be on top of the heap, pay for my marketing and dues in places that maybe not everyone is in, take advantage of that marketing edge I get from being in the WPJA, for one? Don't I? The reality is that this is not how I truly operate as a person. I am always looking to do things, fun things, like my fashion shoot in Elizabeth park the other day- now why would I go and invite Steve DePino to shoot with me, I mean aren't we each other's direct competition? Yes, we are! But you know what? It was SO much more fun shooting together and sharing in the experience together than alone. Yesterday I had an amazing wedding and invited Paul & Krystal from Studio Foto to shoot with me, and WOW we had a BLAST, and kicked butt! But aren't we each other's competition too? You bet we are! OK so maybe the bottom line with me is it is more fun to share in things together, which is why I constantly find myself initiating collaborations with other photographers who I totally vibe with satiates this need to work as a team of photographers in me, and I am so happy to have this pool of wonderful people from which to pull! Now, what do you guys think? Thanks to Robert Norman- I saw you had people linked and it motivated me to do the same! and RE! ;)