There are so many people in this industry. Some way ahead of where I am. Some, not quite there yet. I know I have tons of room for improvement. But that's what makes me me. I will always be learning, changing ideas, defining my style, or just tweeking things a bit.
For years, I was very timid in approaching other local photographers. I was unsure of myself, I lacked confidence, and I pretty much viewed everyone as competition.
And in 2014, things changed drastically in how I viewed other photographers. I was approached by one and was offered help with something I posted about being unsure of. From that point on, I began building friendships with other photographers. And I feel like 2014 was a year of growth for me personally and as a photographer. I'm thankful for that change because it really boosted my confidence, and knowledge for photography. I began to not only photograph people, but as many of you see who follow me on facebook, I photograph sunsets, horses, buildings and structures, and so much more. I share my love and my life with all of you. Because that is why I chose photography. I want to remember these details.
Not to say I haven't gotten caught in a situation where I questions another budding photographers ability. I have. And I regret that moment.
I, myself, was disgusted by another larger photographer in the area bashing all the up and coming photographers. To me, we're all in it because we love the art of it. There are people who lack the knowledge, but I've decided that instead of criticizing what they are doing, I'm going to offer help. I'm not very good at approaching people to help them, because I am afraid of offending them. But this about the love of the art.
I bring my clients into my life, and capture the moments in time for them. I become a part of their memories.
If I'm chosen to continue to take photos for their family and events, then I consider myself pretty lucky.
That being said.. Thank you. Seriously. For just being there to support me.