I am a lifelong learner. I am a swot. I am a geek. I was the one that just got on with it at school. I also believe that anyone that says they have nothing left to learn is wrong and I believe those that don’t see the value in sharing their knowledge as being quite narrow-minded, and just down right “grumpy” (thank you Dane Sanders for that phrase).
I will always jump at an opportunity to learn. A 10 minute walk from Chelsea to Battersea Park talking to Catherine Connor was enough to tell me that I need to shoot everyday and was one of the inspirations behind this blog. She was also the lady that told me not to advertise all of my research and development of my brand which is why this blog is about the photography, and not the brand.
I posted on Facebook earlier this year to see if I could second shoot/ assist/ bag carry for any other photographers this year and an amazing photographer answered and has kindly asked me to help her in May. Kate Hopewell-Smith is another inspiration, and very open to helping new photographers.
There are, on the other hand, some other photographers who are not so open to helping others, which is pretty sad really. You see, I don’t believe by helping others that you are jeopardising your own business. In fact, you could just be carving out another niche in training.
Photography, as an art, is subjective. What I produce may not be what everyone likes, but there may be some that would want me to shoot their wedding, even if I haven’t done a wedding before. Having listened to a talk by Lisa Devlin (awesome wedding photographer!!) last year, weddings was not her original intention, and yet she is now one of the most celebrated contemporary wedding photographers on many wedding blogs. Lisa has also embraced training others and set up The Photography Farm.
There is also a wonderful group of fellow female photographers that I have the privilege to belong to. We are all around the same point in our journey and are there to support each other. They must be fab as I have agreed to camping in October again, even after the rainy teepee in Wales last year 🙂
I am thankful to those that help, educate and support both myself and others, whether that is in photography or any other industry.