It is only Wednesday.
I have received 2 texts, 5 Facebook messages, 1 email and made 4 house calls.
Business is booming!
You would think but no.
Not one of these communications was from a client. They were all other photographers.
Not for lunch. Not to see how things are, but for business help and advice.
I taught a lighting class a few months ago.
In the middle of the class a young lady who had been photographing maybe a year so far, started asking many questions. None of them to do with the class.
All of them to do with photography business. The rest of the students were interest so I answered them.
The young lady then sighed and said, "Thank you! You know D*** C**** tried to charge me 400 dollars for a mentor session just to get that information."
I just stared at her a little dumbstruck. People always think photo work should be free, even other photographers. It happens a lot.
My best friend turned to me on Sunday and said, "Why are you helping that person out again? For free?"
I know I shouldn't. I know I have a family and business to run which are two full time jobs in themselves and then you add on someone else problems.
Here is the real crazy part.
I am not smart. I do not know what hell I am doing. I do not know how to fix my problems much less someone elses.
So why do these people still want my help?
At least that question is easy to answer. They just want to know some else has been through it and they are not alone.
I TRUELY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE HELL I AM DOING!
That being said I can not tell you how many times I had no one to help. I had to spend hours or days figuring out a camera function or photoshop feature.
I can also tell you that every time I have been at my lowest or most in despair a guardian angel in the form of a friend, family member or stranger has come to my rescue.
I can honestly say I have not accomplished one single thing in my life alone.
Sometimes I feel ashamed by this fact.
Other times my heart is overflowing with so much love by the wonderful people who help me that my chest hurts.
So I am definitely not the highest paid photographer. Yes I should be running my business well... more like a business.
I don't think I can though LOL.
So many people that I know would be there to help me all because I spent a little time letting them know they are not alone.
My heart overflows today.