Literally I am STILL shaking from reading this email– from three years ago. Not because it effects me now, but because I remember how it effected me back then. At first, it did exactly what the mysterious author intended. It stung, it hurt, and it REALLY discouraged me.
But I took this BRICK (the email) that was thrown at me and built a very solid foundation for what would become the business that supports my family today.
The reason that this author was so in the wrong was because I had disclaimers everywhere that this was my hobby and I was new and I was trying to build a business. I admitted that! But I wanted to practice practice practice so I was asking for people to let me use them for portfolio, and TONS of my friends did thankfully! EVERYONE STARTS SOMEWHERE. You are not above someone just because you are further along in your journey than they are. You never know…they could catch up and RUN past you in the blink of an eye.
I want to make sure I am also making something clear. I’m NOT SAYING that everyone can do this. It’s not easy and it is an art form and takes talent, so you may not find yourself making a full time living off of this…but don’t you deserve to try? To find out? Like many other jobs you have and will go through in life, you give things a try to find out where you belong. It could take you 10 years to build a business. For some, it may just not ever happen or pick up. You may find that being a business owner is too hard on your family and on yourself and it’s easier to work a job where when you leave work— you leave work…it’s not constantly on your phone, home computer and causing you to miss quality time with your kids. But maybe you just love photography for photography’s sake and you want to do it for fun. Well, DO IT!
Don’t let it get to you, take that brick and lay your foundation.
And yes, my makeup has worn off and I’m exhausted beyond exhausted after a HUGE weekend so I’m very sorry for how wild I look. I’m just keepin’ it real, lol! I have a progression picture posted below, too 🙂 You know, for Heather 😉
My work’s changed a little in three years 🙂
Whoops! I used to be bad. Here ya go! But I love that couple on the left that gave me a chance, and they knew I was new. And they were so happy, and in love, and still are today. I guess I did the best I could and for that, I gotta be proud 🙂