I've been feeling some what distant in the social networking dept. This post by Tara W pretty much sums up how I've been feeling. Not that I'm anywhere near her status of popularity. I won't ever not blog but I do feel as though I'm masking myself some what now that it's connected to my "professional" photography site. I'm sure I've said this before but I absolutely hate Facebook. Twitters ok but it seriously overwhelms me. I love Instagram and I really love Pinterest. Do those count as social networking? Ha.
I'm in a huge transition right now. Re-evaluting. Revolving. Recharging. I'll be open about it all. Because I'm sure this will resignate with some of you, especially those who have started a photography business or crafty business or a new mom trying to juggle it all. I believe that when something is not working, you've got to change that something. Otherwise you'll just be stuck, moaning about the same sh*t no one wants to hear. You'll fall more into debt because you're spending more and making less. You'll come to the realization that doing what you love doesn't neccesarily translate into dollar signs. This is not me quitting my photography business. This is my re-evaluting and revolving. That said, I will only be taking on 1-2 clients a month...if that. Truth is, I hate the business of photography. I really do. Does that make me less passionate about photography? I don't think so. In fact, I know so. I was way more passionate about this before I did this for profit. The whole aspect of selling, working my butt off and hardly getting anything in return sucks. I did have a month where I was busy with several clients which I suppose is the ideal situation for a budding pro photog but I hated it. I hated that it took away from time with Tyler and Jeff. I would be sitting on the couch editing photos while Tyler would be tugging at my pant leg wanting to play. Jeff would ask if I wanted to watch a movie and I would say "can't...I have to finish editing so and so's photos. And you want to know the kicker? I hardly made anything that month. Not what I should have based on what all the books, dvds and blogs have told me. Whatever I'm doing is not working. It's simply not me. There is a bright shining light at the end of the tunnel though. I really think it takes a bit of faliure to get you on the right track. ( forgive me....I'm just full of inspirational quotes tonight. thank you pinterest) I am really looking forward to my next few shoots. My friend's newborn and a fall inspired senior session. Love this time of year. Anyway, the shining light is an idea I've kicked around for several years now. I've already made quite a few sales and I'm in the process of putting together a sell sheet to present to a few local boutiques. What the heck am I talking about? Handmade baby burps + bibs. I'm looking more into selling locally but I will have an Etsy shop set up soon. My other venture? Not quite ready to divulge but I'll give a hint. Screenprint. Another hint? It will all be for baby. I'm really excited about this.
What are your thoughts on all of this (photog business wise) Are you a professional who has seen success or faliure? Nows the time to be honest. I know the blogworld is full of photographers who are always busy and shoot only the coolest people. But let's get real. xot.