The Power of Community

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Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?

?-Katy Perry

I've been there. I've experienced that solitary drifting feeling, wondering if I'm doing the right thing, wondering if I need to rebrand, restart, or just scrap everything. I've spent hours enviously pouring over other photographer's websites, drooling over their work, feeling insignificant. I've wondered when, if ever, I'd become one of the “cool kids” of photography, or if I even had something to offer someone else.

It can be a lonely existence as a creative, and for a long time I felt like that's just the way things were. The photography industry is cutthroat. No one helps anyone else in fear that those they help may one day usurp them, stealing formulas for success, stealing clients, “bastardizing” the industry with their low prices and digital cameras. I was scared to reach out to local photographers for help getting started in this wild industry, and felt that generally Photography Land was pretty unfriendly.

Showit changed that mentality.? ?Within Showit, I found a community of like-minded individuals who cared about not only photography, but other photographers. They were willing to help out, give advice, and freely share their business experience. I found hands willing to pull me up, give me constructive criticism, share a tip or trick, and voices that told me to believe in my dreams. I found genuine love and support, and a crew of people who could hug like nobody's business.

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I felt like I could finally breathe, be me, and be MORE. I had a sounding board of people who had been there in the trenches, and knew what this crazy profession was about. They got it. They understood what it was like to wake up in the morning after editing until 3am, stumble down the stairs, coffee in hand, to start again in pyjamas, and to obsess over the images until your eyes burn. They understood the panic of a wedding day, the elation of getting THAT SHOT, and the frustration of dealing with less than ideal clients. For the first time I was understood- and it was freeing to be known in that way.

Being in community gave me strength, and made me less afraid to fail.

With the launch of this new blog, my hope is that you too will find community and support, a place to just be you. I can't wait to hear your stories, and to connect you to a group of amazing photographers and friends. If you would like to share your story with me, I would love to hear from you! Shoot me an e-mail at smp@stephaniemoorephoto.com and let's talk!

 

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