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Photographers are blessed in more ways than one.
One way you may not be aware of is that the group of professionals that make up the photography industry is quite special. Unless you have been in other fields you may not really appreciate or experienced otherwise. If you have not found this out yet, I just want to share some thoughts today.
Many years ago, I was in the gift basket industry for a short while. I found the vendors to be unpredictable and unreliable. It made it hard to be able to count on getting product. Sales people would not stay with their companies for any length of time which made contacting them obviously difficult. Many of the companies had such high minimum orders that I, as a small start up, could not work with them.
Contrast that with the professional photography industry. I have found during my twenty-five plus years that the vendors are very stable and reliable companies. Many of them have sales representatives that will call on your studio and give you assistance, answer questions, and offer advice. I believe they do care about our success.
We also have the convenience of having little to no requirements in minimum orders. It is especially helpful that framing vendors can ship us one custom frame at a time.
We have a very strong national association, Professional Photographers of America (www.PPA.com). And the state affiliates of PPA are equally as impressive. If you are not a member as yet, at the very least in your state organization, I encourage you to join. Not only will you learn a lot, have a chance to network with your peers, they are very supportive organizations.
Lately I have been attempting to go to a horse clinic as a participant only to find how unorganized, unprepared, and unprofessionally these clinics are operated. One would think these trainers would go out of business without paying closer attention to their business systems. It is a good thing that as much as I love horses that I am not interested in that drastic of a career change.
Considering what an industry’s reputation was like before picking it as a career was not something I was savvy enough to do. I suppose most of us don’t. We just go with our heart. I am just blessed, like you are, to be in a profession that is this amazing.
And of course the best part of all is capturing those beautiful, priceless moments only a storyteller with a camera can do.