So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye to Prodigy, and thank goodness!!
This last image is for the title “Mindfields”, and this is my current mindfield, minus all of today’s information from SWPP.
This is the first time I have been to a photography trade show and as I walked up to the venue today, I started to worry again that I was out of my depth. There was a lot of very “old school photographer” looking men, you know the ones, light rain jackets, slight paunch, approaching middle age. In fact, the very people who I am petrified of as they make me feel inadequate.
However, I needn’t have worried as I saw the amazing Catherine Connor from Aspire and her fantastic smile greet me as I turned the corner. She was already talking to someone so I said I would go back later. After that I kept recognising photographers from the new school of photography, those with a fresh approach to the industry who aren’t afraid to share their time, passion and knowledge. Amongst those I bumped into today was Joe and Jayne from Sacco & Sacco Photography, Kat Hill, Cristina Rossi , Linda Johnstone and the gorgeous family Thwaites with the ever lovely Emma from Emmy Lou Photography to name but a few.
The weirdest thing today though was people genuinely recognising me- and even more surprising, they were genuinely happy to meet me, again, this is testament to the power Facebook and the internet.
I did go back to speak to Catherine, and I seem to have left having booked onto 2 courses in May- Little Rascals and Boudoir. I then went from there to chat to One Vision (who I managed to convince to employ an apprentice with my day job hat on!), and then on to Zenfolio. Before I knew it, I could see the future panning out and I am going to share it with you now. The reason I share it is not because I want the world to see my research and development (no company would want that) but if it is written down, I am more likely to stick to it, so here is my photography to-do list by the end of 2012:
- I will stop listening to those voices that say I am not good enough
- I will create a strong, recognisable brand and business
- I will invest in training and knowledge
- I will not feel guilty to charge for my photography
- I will be able to end the year knowing I will not be giving my talent away in 2013
The vote is still open for next week, and it is between Alanis Morisette, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John. Without sounding too much like X Factor, the vote is tight this week so every vote counts. Please add your vote!