We demand excellence, instant success, and absolute perfection when seeking anything today. The photography world is NOT what it used to be and that’s OK… but it seems to be more about “who has what camera and lens” or “look how many followers I have on social media” anymore instead of “what can I CREATE for you, my clients” or “how can I be the best artist/photographer I can be”. Being a Puyallup Newborn Photographer for a decade and a half, I can personally attest to these wild changes over the past decade or so.
Clients are fueled by Pinterest and beautifully curated Instagram feeds, while Photographers are working themselves to death to curate those feeds and reach the masses just to get their name out there. We are constantly comparing ourselves, as photographers, to other photographers who have 30k followers on social media… and when we can’t even break 1700 followers (without paying for them… that’s cheating!), we then doubt ourselves as photographers and business owners… and that starts an ugly vicious cycle of comparison and self-doubt.
And can I be honest with you? It’s EXHAUSTING.
I am so darn exhausted keeping up with the “trends” in photography and trying to keep up with building my “social media following”.
So you know what?
I quit being JUST A PHOTOGRAPHER.
I quit comparing myself to others.
I quit driving myself into crazy town by worrying about social media following.
Everyone is a “photographer” nowadays… and I get it. I do. I was an aspiring photographer long before I became a Professional Photographer. I use my iPhone to take daily pics of my kids, myself, and my life. I used to have a cute little point-and-shoot camera (till cell phones replaced those!). I started my journey in the photography world as a photographer. But that’s just not enough for me anymore.
I quit being “just a photographer”.
I am an artist. I am a business owner. I am a strong, independent woman who has the ability to capture a moment with my camera and curate those moments into art.
I refuse to get sucked into the “Who has more newborn props” cycle.
I will ignore it and never get mixed up in the “who charges what” game.
I will not get bummed about the “who has the better equipment” thought process.
What I will do is this:
I promise to offer my clients the best experience I can offer and educate them on my process.
I will choose gratitude and Thank God for each and every single client He leads my way.
I will challenge myself to grow in MY ART… and not compare myself to others.
I will continue to love my clients like family, offering only the best products on the market and running my business as an actual business- not a hobby… because my family depends on me for it.
And I promise to always give my best.
If you’re seeking a Puyallup Newborn Photographer, or a newborn photography studio in Tacoma, lets chat! I’d love to help your dreams and wishes come true for your newborn, baby and family photography!