How to Use Your Photography Passion to feel Confident and Respected
Aug 21, 2019 | By: Photography by Misty
Learn everything you need to know in 2 days to jump start your Photography Career
No doubt it is an honor and privilege to be a stay-at-home parent. However, there is a fine line there between doing a great job and losing sight of yourself.
For instance, do you ever think of yourself as nothing more than a maid, a chauffeur and a chef?
I remember the day (probably hadn’t gotten enough sleep) I had a meltdown and told my family I was moving into the guest room. Happy to continue my role as a servant, I decided I’d work from 8am to 5pm, and no one was allowed to come knocking after my shift.
And… I was demanding a paycheck.
None of this came to fruition, but I did get everyone’s attention (they thought I’d lost my mind, of course). More importantly, I had given myself a little wake-up call. After all, I wasn’t the victim here. Instead, I had set out to be Super Mom by cooking three nutritious meals a day, signing my kids up for every sport, activity and lesson Plano had to offer and, well, I didn’t do so well on the housekeeping side of the things. Oh, and we went on a lot of adventures (important but also a selfish outlet).
In the midst of this Super Mom quest (which I never fulfilled, nor has anyone else I know), I’d lost sight of myself. Who was I?
I didn’t even know what to talk about at dinner parties with my husband’s co-workers. I am college educated, one of my degrees in political science. However, the only conversations I could conjure up were about the children or the class party I was orchestrating. Corporate America, of course, listened, but I am convinced no one really cared past the first two sentences.
Can you relate? How does it make you feel at the end of the evening? Maybe you just sit there and listen, as everyone else talks in business acronyms.
If you’re feeling my pain here, and know and love the art and science behind photography, running your own photography business might just be for you. Give yourself something to talk about; give your dinner guests a reason to sit up and listen.
It is indeed a brave move to start a business endeavor. You can do it.
Where to start, what to charge, how to negotiate or should you even negotiate? Aughhh… it can be a painful, dreadful process to navigate the beginning stages of a photography business. And, quite honestly, very few survive the first few years AND make a profit.
I can help you start and not just survive but thrive in the photography business. All while having fun.
How beautiful would it be to learn from someone who has been there, done it and is still making it happen?
Give me two days of your precious time and attention, and I can help you navigate through many of the painful obstacles, giving you the knowledge and confidence to start and/or continue your journey.
Maybe, like me, you love photography so much you’d do it for free. Is making a little spending money good enough?
I get it. That’s where I started, much to my husband’s disappointment.
There is a point, however, when you’ll start to feel taken advantage of (because you are allowing yourself to be used for your creative talent). It isn’t as fun when other people are the boss or you’re giving up a Saturday afternoon for just a little spending money.
My husband makes a more-than living, so in the beginning there was very little financial incentive for me. Now, however, I am going to retire my husband before the age of 60 and I am enjoying financial freedom. I give when a cause speaks to me or when I want to turn a frown upside down.
In addition to being more than just a family servant, I gained the respect of my children, my husband and myself. My family remained a priority and still does on the weekends.
You, too, can have it all. Nope, you can’t do it all (nor do you want to), but there is no doubt you CAN have it all and help grow others along the way.S
Something else I wasn’t expecting happened. I became the envy of my friends. Some literally said they wanted to be me when they grew up. These ladies (and men) had a lot going on: they volunteered in the community, were competitive tennis players, planned elaborate vacations and orchestrated dinner parties. Yet, there was something missing.
The photography business is an exciting adventure, and my friends recognized this – they volunteered to be my assistants and registered their children in my summer camp. They wanted to be a part.
If you love photography, have lost yourself in diapers, organizing after-game snack schedules or simply just want to have a higher purpose, apply to be a part of my two-day Mastermind retreat Captured Shot.
If you qualify, you’ll be surrounded by a mere handful, yet powerful, like-minded people with similar goals. You will learn from my stories, experiences and mistakes and depart with an action plan. Most importantly, however, we will all learn from one another.
You will make friends, who will become your future support team. It will be two days of intensive learning, extracting knowledge from you and pouring knowledge into you.
Yes, we will squeeze in plenty of fun: a welcoming reception, a day-pass to the gym, an on-site massage, delicious food (keeping in mind your dietary needs), as well as fun and yummy dinners out.
Don’t worry, we will allow enough time for a good night’s rest (imperative to running a successful business). At night, you will lay your weary heads on Bamboo sheets (once you go Bamboo, you’ll never go back).
Go ahead, fill out the application, and let’s get this party started.