The Post I May Regret Later

Been thinking about my business, my blog and my future.

Every day I read several blogs by other photogs and have been doing so for at least two years. I am on several mailing lists to do with photography. I go to trade shows and attend seminars. I do something active to do with photography every day. But I don’t yet have a thriving photography business. And I want one.

I’ve been using the internet since 1992. I became a pretty hot software developer and all round IT guy mostly through the help available through the internet. I have developed a lot of confidence in the people who use it. For the most part they are very keen to help out anyone who asks for help on any subject. That is an incredibly powerful resource and I have used it a lot to get answers to thousands of questions. I have answered a lot of other people’s questions too but not nearly as many as I’ve asked.

I still love development work but I am increasingly more passionate about image making and more importantly image making as a profession. So I’ve been using the internet to learn about photography both technically and as a business. I have learnt a lot and now it is time to put it all together.

So I decided about the turn of the year to get my photography business truly established this year. I wrote out a plan as far as I could see at that time of what it would take and the steps needed to make progress. This website was one of those steps.

That plan has been a tremendous boost. It tells me what I should be working on and just knowing that means I have things to do every day that should advance my business. Little by little things are beginning to happen. Prospects for portraits are finding out about me. Prospects for collaborative work are becoming aware of what I do. People are subscribing to my blog feed. My work is being seen.

So why might I regret this post later? Because this post is my declaration of independence; it is my public commitment that I am putting myself out there as a photographer who intends to create a flourishing, prospering business doing what I love. It marks my decision. So if a year from now I’m working at the drive-thru window at McDonalds you will be quite justified in driving by and making snarky comments and having “Would you like fries with that?” as my only response.

If there is a chance I may regret it why am I doing it? Oddly enough the main reason for it is so that I don’t regret it. Not only do I know I have made this commitment but you do too and some of you will be checking back now and then to see how I’m doing. Will you be checking back?

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