I wrote this for both you and me. For you fellow photogs as a reminder and for me because I forget this lesson.
Those of you in this crazy photography industry have ran into other photographers or colleges who have found a reason to create unhappiness. Whether it stems from jealousy, unhappiness itself, or lack of self esteem, we've all been there. Try and be kind to others despite that. Be a good egg.
I was asked the other day how I felt about other photographers who we seemed to be emerging right and left. They wanted to know how I wasn't upset by it. The answer is simple. I am never bothered by others who see the same passion in photography as me. I say this again and again to those I mentor, NO ONE CAN BE YOU. No one can give your clients the same experience that you can. No one can interact with others or see things through the camera like you do and for that reason that makes YOU unique.
The best thing I ever did for myself and my business was to grab a notepad and write down all the quirky, awesome, weird things that make me, me. When I ran out of things to write down I asked my family, the people who know me best, what is unique and different about me? Here is what we collectively came up with:
- I obsessively love my pup Max (aka. maxi-pad, mr. maggoo, maxipants, maxers)
- I love wearing all black :)
- I can actually sing (which never happens because I'm to darn shy)
- I have an fixation on large, voluminous lips (yes they are filled with injectables)
- I swear like a sailor
- Hate scary movies with a passion!
- I'm bossy (not my best trait)
- I wear anything comfortable over fashionable (sad I know)
- Addicted to rockstar energy drinks (guilty)
- I hate water, and rarely drink more than 2 sips of anything
I literally have built my branding directly around that. It's who I am and it's who I want to portray to be through my blog, social media outlets and to my future clients.
I leave you with this awesome quote:
"The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself." -Lao Tzu