Knowing Your Worth
I always found myself to have a bit of a pessimistic look on things. Moreso for things turning out with myself. But I always said "Hope is for those who don't know." And WOW did I HOPE when I first started doing photography. I don't really have any friends to share these experiences with anymore, due to my own doing without realizing it, I'm sure. However, within the past few months, I've been on cloud nine with my photography.
I've had the opportunity to really do what I love, take my work seriously as a business owner, and begin to appreciate my self worth so much more than I ever have.
There was a point when I was pricing my first true packaging, (which turned out to be a disaster,) and was showing my friends my prices but they were surprised at how LOW it was. For all that I was offering, anyways. And that was because I was basically charging the cost for getting the prints. I wasn't actually making anything because I didn't think people thought my work was good enough to be priced higher.
When you're an artist, the number one thing you learn to hate right from the start is telling your clients how much you charge...because not only is that art something with your own likeness and spirit attached. It's directly linked to your self worth. WiFi connection? Full bars! Someone who comes along and sees a price they don't like, and tells you ends up hurting because you don't think you're good enough to charge that price. To you, It's fair because of all the worth you threw into it. The late nights until 3am finding the best of the best images and editing. Everything. So you lower it. And you lower it. Again. Again. Until you stop and realize your worth.
I've always been fortunate to have shoots with incredible people, and just having them in front of my lens for a little while to connect has been so special to me. Photography has changed my life and will continue to change my life for years to come. When I knew my value, It started to show in my photography. It started to radiate in my posts and overall image. Continuing on, I have nothing but excitement for what the rest of the year is going to bring me.