Integrating business and my personal life has worked out pretty well for me.
Last year in one of the sessions I attended at WPPI, I heard a speaker share her story.
She explained how she just naturally integrated her photography business with her real life.
I have always instinctively done this, so her story resounded with me, and even sort of confirmed that the way I do business is okay.
I know one doesn’t always need validation to do what you know is right, but I have to admit that I breathed a sigh of relief to know that someone else had a philosophy similar to mine.
I don’t have a “business” page on FB.
I incorporate my business and personal life on FB.
I post iphone photos and professional photos.
IG is my iPhone only place, where I very rarely share professional work.
We all have our own philosophies and reasons for doing what we do in business and our personal lives, I just think it’s good to know what works for you, and then own it.
I often mix business and pleasure.
That’s not to say that I’m not professional.
I often become good friends with my clients.
I think that happens because I put my real self and life on FB and my blog, so I tend to draw clients with similar values.
Even if all we have in common are values, that’s a pretty strong connection.
The thing I do not do on FB is share my every emotion.
Boundaries are important.
Maturity doesn’t hurt either.
AND, I do screw up and admit it.
I’m an imperfect person, but I think acknowledging that is okay too, even in business.
I think for me, just letting people see a little of my heart, let’s them know that even if I do something to mess up, I’m always going to try to make it right.
My heart is usually in the right place.
Why am I sharing this?
No idea. No recent huge mess-ups or hidden messages.
Sometimes, I just feel compelled to share something at a deeper level…and not just sound like a broken record professionally.
I promised myself that I would always be sincere in my blog posts and never say/write anything that I don’t mean.
Therefore, I’m spilling my gut today.
Hey, WPPI is coming up really soon, I wonder what profound things I’ll hear this year!
Stay tuned, I’m sure I will share at some point the answers to the questions of the universe WPPI style!
The reason this thought came up today, I think has to do with the depth of feeling and connection that I feel to this family.
They are faithful and true clients, but Tashia has become a friend too.
We don’t necessarily go to lunch or hang out…but I feel like we could.
When I photograph her girls, we never struggle for things to talk about, and text in between sessions.
Ainsley’s 4 year session last weekend was so much fun.
Big sister Macy even drew a picture of me on the chalkboard and wrote some really nice things!
I need to take a photo of her artwork : )
It’s funny how you can have a family with three girls and each one is so unique…and yet, you can see similarities.
I would have never guessed that Ainsley would pick up on Macy’s love for modeling for the camera.
Ainsley has always been much more shy about voguing for the camera.
Not this time.
She’s 4! Who knows how to work the camera at 4 years old?
The girls in this family do.
This is the very last image that I’ll share from this girly set-up.
NOW, I’m working on a very fun boy set-up that I hope to have ready Tuesday!
Very pinteresty, but I love it!
What a sweet face!
God bless you today!