Sometimes when things are hard to say we don’t say them or avoid conversation and I am guilty of that. I want to be able to communicate openly and have others feel they can be open with me as this is all our community. And the community is so important. My journal quote for the week is “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” -Henry David Thoreau. Wow, that is weirdly appropriate for the time.
So I want to touch base on the network that is a business and our community. I have never been a good business person, say what you will (crickets) I don’t market very well, I am inconsistent at best, I am not super organized and don’t follow numbers well to even tell you what works or does not. I just do my thing and keep trucking. I don’t know that I would recommend that–no I wouldn’t recommend that. You should have a plan and realize its a marathon not a sprint. I’ve said it before a lot of artisans or creative people find it hard to stay on top of the market or the motivation to do that, even though there are creatives that are great at selling or marketing–I’m in awe or them. But what I do have and it is not just something I solely benefit from is a community around me that is supportive and has helped me to still maintain my work regardless of my inability to sell myself. When I first got started I thought I had to capture everyone and everything but as I’ve gotten older I know that is impossible and with age it does not offend me that my work is not everyones’ cup o tea. Now I think my vision is awesome but there are a lot of people that see things differently that are just as awesome. But I’m not going to go on about other’s businesses– it’s important is to have a community that knows you so that they trust you because that alone can drive other’s to you. I have been fostered and honed in KCK and love my peeps over there, many a wedding and love story has been captured in those old churches, and now that my kids are speeding through school years I have this great community of St. Peter’s that has fostered me as clients and friends. So a lot of the seniors you see on here I go to book club with their mom or run with their aunt or they taught my kid at one point. It’s so pleasant to work with these kids and families that you know or know of you, there is a level of trust that makes these memories come alive before me and hopefully before you. And I hope to grow and meet new clients and friends through images and community.
Drew is so cute, I have a little thing for red heads. We had a morning at Loose Park with him and his family (his sis is graduating from STP-so we got a few of her as well) and here are some details about Drew.
He will be studying business and film at DePaul next year and hope to work at a production studio after that. On Loose Park”I’ve been going there my whole life and have good memories of Loose… and I like nature. He’s liking being at home watching movies. He was supposed to lifeguard this Summer and of course that had to go by the wayside.
Good luck in Chicago Drew, I want to see you name on credits very soon.