Ron emails me…
“Hey there Rob, I just want to say how thankful I am to get an email from you guys every single week on all things for photography. …..this last email you sent with this quote, “I believe life is a never ending classroom”.
Man let me tell you that just jumped off the page at me. I wish, wish I had the desire to learn in high school like the desire I have to learn now.
I feel like a sponge just absorbing as much information as I can and filtering it through what my goals in this life are.
I have entered into the bullpen an image for critique by the panel and found it very cringing and beneficial information that after the initial sting caused me to really think about being more intentional with my Photography.
I don’t enter all the time but I watch and learn as often as you have them. Here in Massachusetts it is very saturated with photographers. Everyone and their brother is a photographer in this area.
I do feel like there is enough families and clients to go around but I’m learning to do things to separate myself from the crowd. Things like and most important marketing! Second product, the product that the client sees and receives must be better and different than everyone else’s.
I learned this a few years ago, “I must create what others can’t” in order to separate myself from the crowd. Thank you for willingly share your welcome hour and failures on a weekly basis.
Thank you, Ron from Massachusetts.”
Couple things….first off, yyeeaa! Life is a never ending classroom. Stop peddling, you fall off.
And rust away.
Who wants that? I don’t.
I too lacked the desire to learn when I was younger. Being the proverbial late bloomer, I didn’t know any better.
Better late than never I say.
I refuse to let it get me down, since regret only leads down the wrong path. No regrets. Everything happens for a reason.
The problem with learning is, yea, sometimes it stings. And it’s hard. Much easier to take the road most traveled.
Your observation: “Here in Massachusetts it is very saturated with photographers…” Is not unique to your area.
This is the way it is EVERYWHERE….All over the great big world. I’ve said this a million times, and I’ll say it again…photographers have had it easy…..’till now, of course.
We can no longer sit back on our butts and expect business to roll in. The same has happened with musicians.
You gotta get out and play as many gigs as you can. No one owes you ANYTHING…
I don’t care how TALENTED, or GOOD you are.
The money is out there. Go get it.
Yours in photography and success,