As many of you know, I’ve been involved in my local business community for over twenty years, and when people find out that I’ve started a photography business in addition to my day job, some of them think I’ve lost my mind! While I can certainly appreciate that sentiment, the reality is that my photography business fills up my tank, so to speak, and provides the fuel for my day job. Photography allows me to scratch an entrepreneurial itch I’ve had all of my adult life, as well as provide me with a creative outlet. Now, I’ve always said that I don’t have a creative bone in my body, but I have decided there must be a little bit of creativity in my shutter finger because there’s more to photography than just having a good camera, despite what some folks may think. I always have to chuckle when people say things like “those are beautiful photos, you must have a great camera” or “I wish I could afford a camera like that, then I could take great photos too”… Of course, the snarky side of me wants to say something like “Yeah, I’ve heard you’re an incredible surgeon, you must have a great scalpel” or “you’re an incredible hair stylist, you must have great scissors”. But thinking better of it, I smile and say “thank you, I do have a great camera, but the operator has a little to do with it, too”, and then wink. The reality is that anyone can press a button, but that won’t guarantee the same results any more than someone having an expensive scalpel will make them a better surgeon.
The Difference Maker
With everything we do in life, we and our attitudes are the difference maker. John Maxwell wrote a book many years ago called “The Difference Maker”, and it is a great read for anyone who needs to gain a little perspective in their life. The gist of the book is that our attitudes determine whether our lives are good or bad, and reminds us that the ability to make that choice is ours and ours alone. No one can do it for us. My attitude about photography is that I LOVE it, and my goal is to make every session an enjoyable experience for all involved. Now, if you come in with a bad attitude and don’t want to be there, I might have a more difficult time, but I can almost guarantee that even with a bad attitude to start, you will walk away at the end with a “less bad” attitude!! Ha! How’s that for proper English?!?
I love what I do, and you can feel that from the moment we start to talk about your session, so you probably don’t want to book with me unless you want to have a good time and get some great pictures. If you want bad pictures and want to hate every minute of the experience, DON’T book a session with me. 😉 I concede that having a side business in addition to another full time career may be a little bit crazy, but photography is the thing that gives me energy and fuels my passion for life. If that’s crazy, serve me up another helping, please!
Until next time…be the difference maker in your own life…Change your Attitude, Change your Life!