That's a tough thing for me.
I am, like most, a person who thrives on instant gratification. With a world living in places like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter we expect things now!
Well, in the photography business world, things aren't that simple. Believe me, I know! My husband and I started a photography business in Kokomo, IN 5 years ago. But it took us 3 years to get it up and going to the point where I could quit my full time job as a graphic designer. A year of that was spent just getting the studio ready to go. My husband grew up in Kokomo and knew many people! And it still took that long to "prove" ourselves.
But when we were finally up and running it was amazing! We had so much support from our community and it was amazing! We were busy ALL the time and it was amazing! Then we moved. The best decision we could have made for our family. For our business, not so much. I knew it would take some time to get involved with the community and "prove" ourselves once again.
But it's a bit different here. What I have noticed these past two years is that many people seem to go to photographers out of town. Maybe it's simply because they like that particular photographers style. Maybe they are friends. Or maybe for the pricing. I too have had clients come from other towns such as Auburn, Camden MI, Ft. Wayne and of course right here in Angola.
But it seems as though I have more out-of-town clients than I do right here at home. Don't get me wrong I will photograph anyone form anywhere :) And while I enjoy taking photos of family and friends, I have bills to pay :) All that rambling brings me to why I am writing this blog in the first place.
Earning new clients is a full-time job in itself. And sometimes I want to give up. I get caught up in thoughts like "maybe I'm not good enough" and "maybe I should go in another direction" or "maybe this town is just too small". ALL LIES. I get discouraged. I have to remember nothing happens in my time. It happens in His! Then I get back on track, change my attitude and push forward.
In all this newly found downtime, I have learned new crafts. Things, as a photographer, I would pay lots of money for, I now make myself! It's because of this downtime I have filled it by broadening my horizons. And I am so grateful for that! I would have never learned to crochet or sew outfits for props. I am a creative person by nature. I can't sit still and not create something. So I'm glad I didn't waste these two years. Instead, I have learned new things that I can use towards my business. Even though it's not thriving yet, I will be ready when it does!
Thanks for reading :)
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