This Business Is Personal
by Candace Miller Photography Montrose, CO
I’ve been a professional photographer for over 17 years now. I’ve shot everything from weddings to landscapes. Kids to businesses and I’ve loved everything. I love having a camera in my hands. I love connecting with people and their families or their businesses and watching them come alive. I love seeing the reactions on their faces when they see how amazing they look in those photos. But I’m going to get real with you for a little bit. I’ve had a few people in my life tell me that “business isn’t personal, it’s just business” as if being personal is a sign of weakness. Well friends, I have news for you, maybe that’s the case with their business but with my business it’s not.
When someone is real with me, I feel like I can be myself with them, it’s refreshing. Isn’t that the way life is supposed to be!? Isn’t that the way we want to interact with others? So, just know that I will be real. I will give it to you straight. You are getting the real me…in all my glory. Some days I wear makeup and dangly earrings and do all the girly things. And some days I don’t brush my hair… or get dressed…because mom life. You will most likely see photos of my family (they are my heart and what matters most in my life, unashamedly). You will aslo, see photos of my amazing clients and the people who support me unwaveringly. You will see people that inspire me and what I aspire to be. You will see my studio and see the things that I hope to do there. You will see the community that I’m a part of and how we fit together.
All that said, I know photos. I’m a pro. It’s my job and it’s my passion. It’s not a side gig. It’s not my side hustle and it’s not something I do just for fun (although I really LOVE my job).
Being a photographer is more than just snapping photos. There’s a personal component that you need…a “bedside manner” if you will. You need to be a good fit with your clients. And you won’t always match up and that’s ok. Some people reading this post probably won’t like it. And that’s ok too. But I plan on being completely and utterly real and if that’s not your cup of tea then that’s ok.
There’s also the business side of being a photographer. You know, all the marketing, accounting, blogging, social media, editing, etc. The list goes on and on! Some of those things are not my favorite (*cough* accounting *cough*) but to have a business we do hard things…hahahaha!
I hope you will continue to follow my blogging journey as I post and if I lost some of you, I wish you well all the same. I’ll leave you with some fun photos!
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