The photography industry can be a brutal one. I spent the first few years of my business reaching out to other photographers, trying to network, which usually resulted in being ignored. It’s an industry that a lot of times can be viewed as ‘each man for himself”. You sink or swim. Every photographer out there is your direct competition, so of course you can’t be friendly. If you do, you might get into their brain and steal all of their secrets to success…
I have always struggled with this concept. Aren’t we artists? How can you compare one artist with another? Is Monet in direct competition with Degas? As a photographer, we all have our different techniques, styles, and point of views. We are all unique. About 3 months ago I discovered a group of photographers with this exact like-mindedness.
In my house, they are simply known as “the group”. To the rest of the world, they are known as Showiteers. It all started with a guy named David Jay who wanted to create a website design software for photographers that not only allowed them to control and customize their own website, but to showcase why they are unique. This software is awesome. I’ve been using it for a little over a year, and it has completely revolutionized my business. But not only is it website software, it comes with a world-wide community of thousands of photographers (and some designers) who are not only freaking amazing artists, but some of the nicest people you will ever find. We are connected through a facebook group-but it’s more then that. I have met local showiteers who have now become dear friends. I have talked to showiteers from all over the country on the phone. It is a group where photographers are there to lift and support eachother. It is a place to ask questions (even stupid ones), and receive a flood of answers. It has helped me in every aspect of my business, and there are no words to express the gratitude I feel for being a part of such an awesome community.
If you want more information about the Showit software or the Showiteer community, hit me up! I would love to tell you more about it! Or you can visit www.showitfast.com too.
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