I’m exploring what motivates me to be a better marketer/business owner and I can tell you admitting that I am not good at some of this is really therapeutic. For a very long time, I felt I needed to uphold a very corporate like facade of being professional and never showing weakness but I now feel like I’m a key person behind this train and it’s better to just let you know how I am real and human ; ). And if I can make a very small difference in someone starting out, or if this resonates with someone then that is all I need. I think creative people easily forget about the business side of things and this is me, trying to make up for some lost time.
When I first started out, my plan was do good photography and be nice. That was it–no real mission statement or schedule, no plan to have lots of followers or even audience. Naive of me but free and easy. It worked for some time. But as the market got more saturated and online presence got to be more and more important, I realized you have to be able to show your work. And somewhere along the lines in building that social media portfolio I have let fear creep in. This is not something I deal with alone I’m sure. And while fear is great when your about to jump out of plane, not so much in business. I’m afraid I’ll say the wrong thing, I will make someone mad, be boring, I will leave someone out, I will not show the right images, or get something wrong about someone’s story (this is a big one), or even I get so big that I can’t handle it (I know this is a stretch but hey I’m being honest) it all interrelates. So like the indecision and the feeling like I have to be crazy creative every time I get on here what do I do? Nothing. This is where I need to change. I need to mature in business and realize that I am not for everyone. This is not a popularity contest and to do my best to be authentic to peoples stories, with the idea of doing good photography and being nice. #justpostit
So that was my 2 minute PSA to go along with Tia & Dan. These two are so photogenic and natural in front of the camera, these images were really hard to decide on, really hard. They are having a destination wedding later this year and wanted to get some images that showed the midwest. Can I say the midwest showed up in all of it’s glory, I mean—-. Congrats Tia & Dan, hope you enjoy these midwest Summer evening images for years and years and years.