This business is tough. Really tough. And it’d be silly of me to pretend I haven’t had help getting to where(ever it is that) I currently am. I’ve been so blessed – both in real life and over the Internets – to know so many wonderful and amazing photographers who have shared their wisdom – their mistakes – their triumphs – and all of the in-betweens with me. They’ve allowed me to learn from them – and to learn with them.
Speaking of internet friends – I came upon Jasmine Star before I was even a photographer. It was nearly four years ago – and I blog stalked that girl like a crazy lunatic person. Luckily for me, Jasmine is incredibly down to earth and kind, and she didn’t mind my stalking -or my frantic, panicky emails. So when she launched her magazine I jumped at the chance to support her – and was equally excited to read through what was basically her photography business diary. “Exposed” really helped me feel a sense of kinship with this industry. I knew that the mistakes I was making and the heartache I was feeling weren’t mine alone. Jasmine’s magazine reassured me that others were going through the exact same things – because Jasmine had gone through the exact. same. things – and it gave me the strength to push through the resistance and keep going. No matter what.
Mary Marantz is my soul sister, I swear it. She has a way of saying exactly what my soul is feeling – and then posting those words on the exact day I need to hear them. I feel such a kinship with her -even though were basically strangers – and I’m sooo blessed to internetknow her. As such, when her and Justin released “The Guide” I knew it was something I needed to read. It’s helped me gain a better understanding of building a brand experience for my clients and how to run my business based on what I want for my business as opposed to making decisions based on some main construct or status quo of what a photography business should look like.
Because it’s my birthday (tomorrow!) – and presents are awesome (duh!)- I am super triple excited to announce that (because of the extreme generosity of Jasmine and Justin+Mary) I am giving away a copy of both “Exposed” and “The Guide” to one lucky photographer!!
To enter: Leave a comment and tell me why you would benefit from these amazing magazines – and how you hope to take your business to the next level this year. The contest will be open until midnight next Thursday, April 11th, and the (randomly selected) winner will be announced next Friday!
(This contest is now closed and the winner is…..>Brooke! Congrats darling! and a huge thank you to all who shared a piece of your journey with me. You’re all destined for greatness – just keep your chins up and keep working hard. You’ll get there. Promise! xxoo)