You know me… I’m honest with my life, my family, my thoughts, my past, and well my photography as well. So after I have received my latest comment about my camera gear I wanted to scream. I admit I receive comments all the time about my camera.
– “That’s a little camera. Sure it can take good pictures?”
– “WOW! And you’re a photographer with that camera?”
– “Such a small camera for a wedding. (While showing me his camera) My camera is bigger, better and was more pricey.”
And while I can understand some people are not fully educated about a camera and all that it takes to capture a great image… I still find it funny when a fellow photographer will try to belittle you as well.
Yes, I WANT and DREAM of a bigger and better camera. I understand all I can add to my portfolio by having one. I understand my pricing can then change and I can offer more to my clients.
But you know what ??? I like many have bills, I have a family, I have 2 children to take care of, I have other obligations that sometimes come first before ‘wants’ in my life. I refuse to go into debt because others feel my camera isn’t big enough. I am saving to get that camera body I dream of. But when my children need food on the table, when a medical emergency pops up, when you find out family needs your help… Well then one must put NEEDS in front of WANTS.
I will get there one day! I will be able to get every supply I dream of. But for right now I am adding one thing at a time. I am making sure to know everything I can about the supplies I do have. I make sure to NOT just buy that ‘BIG’ piece of camera gear… With out knowing how to use it first.
Anyone can have that big sparkly piece of gear… But not everyone can have the passion and drive to make sure their dreams come true.
I’ve always been honest about what I have, how I work, and where I want to end up at the end of the day. And I know that when I do show up to a shoot, wedding, client… I am delivering everything I say I can. I make sure I know what my camera can do & I push to make sure that my camera isn’t the only refection of my work and style… But is in fact an extra side and reflection of my photography.
I want to build my clientele and make sure that those I have worked with in the past see and understand my passion for the photography world as well as understanding I too have a family and bills to take care of. That building a dream doesn’t just happen over night. It takes hard work, dedication, strength, and love to make all your dreams come true.
I never want to feel like I was just handed my dream. I want to work for it. And if it takes me years to get there, if I have to work with many clients to build an amazing portfolio, if I need to sacrifice things to get where I dream of being one day… Then that’s just what I will do.
So never underestimate this short little lady you meet… Because one day I will be that Photographer everyone is talking about. I will help show others that you can have dreams and get there. I will be that Mom who can say she is proud of how she built her photography business. I will be that wife that can look at her Husband and know it wasn’t just handed to us. We worked for it. We made others dreams come true. We made sure to care about those along the way. And that every client I had the pleasure of working with was captured in the same manner and was treated with the love and respect they too deserve.
My dreams will come true! No matter how long it takes… Or the crazy turns down that long road I take.
My camera supplies as of this post. (Taken with iPhone)