Q: How have you grown as an artist since attending Photo Native?
I've grown in so many ways as an artist, especially after hearing from Joy Prouty and Ginny Au. Both teachers had very out-of-the-box approaches to their work, and Ginny's particularly spoke to me, deep down in my heart. Over the last year I've been striving to find clients who really care about their photos being honest and reflective of who they are. Not only does this make a more personal result for them, but I'm fulfilled in a much deeper way knowing that I'm giving them photos that matter, that they will truly cherish. It's not enough for me anymore to create just "a pretty photo."
Q: What business skills have you implemented since attending Photo Native?
I've definitely opened up more to the idea of outsourcing. It's something I still struggle with since I like to have control in my business, but I find that the more I outsource the more I have my personal life back.
Q: You mentioned you LOVED the community and friends you made here, can you expand on that?
I knew so many photographers by their social media handles and from FB groups, but I really loved getting to meet these women in person. It helped me realize how wonderfully genuine some of these women are, and where we were only "acquaintances" online we are now genuine friends because we had this opportunity to connect!
Q:What is your #1 takeaway from Photo Native?
You have to KEEP GOING. If you don't push yourself both in business and in your art, you will stagnate, your passion and drive will die out. Being like everybody else isn't going to do it for you, either. To be successful AND fulfilled, you have to make your own way.