According to my parents I have always seen the world differently. I still get crazy looks from people I know about the way I view the world and my concepts of life. My peers in this industry sometimes think I am crazy for the way I do things, people who claim to know about marketing and business tell me I am wrong for the way I do things. Other photographers will tell me how my pricing just cannot work and they don’t understand it. Well, I just think that I might not be meant to be understood by everyone.
My clients find me, they like what I do, at least from what they tell me, and I can pay my rent, my bills, my assistant and still enjoy my life. So far I’m not seeing the downside and the negative effects on my business like I have been told by so many that will happen. Maybe it will happen in the next 20 years?
There are a lot of people who tell you to be yourself, especially in this business. I honestly don’t have any other choice! If you look at my website, you will see it is different from most other photographer sites. My studio is my playground. I put a part of me into every single thing I do. My work is me. And I’m no workaholic, I just love what I do and therefore I put everything I have into it every day. Not because I feel like I have to or I feel like I need to just to make money. I want to. I wake up every day wanting to go to work. Why? Because it isn’t work to me. I get to play every single day. I live a life of eternal recess. This is how I choose to live and how I choose to run my business. The only thing my playground is missing is monkey bars!
So although my pricing, my specials and what I do to run my business may not make sense to others, what they are doing with their business makes absolutely no sense to me. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! 😉