Summer here! This edition of Talk Shop Thursday is a little different but still super important! It's all about Paying it Forward. About 2 years ago, I felt that my business was taking off, I had finally got my client base, and I knew I had reached my initial goal. I sat back and reflected and realized that because of the kindness of others, blogs, workshop hosts, meet-ups, I was where I wanted to be.
I decided right then I needed to Pay it Forward! I asked my fans on Facebook if anyone was interested in mentoring, for FREE. The response was incredible. I think I had over 50 inquiries and so many people who really wanted to learn. I ended up taking on 3 teenage girls and 3 super amazing women, One being Miss VALERIE herself! I remember when I first started, I created a whole packet of educational lessons, tips, and I even planned a gorgeous stylized shoot. I was overwhelmed, but the joy I received when these ladies "got it" was pretty epic.
Since then, I have made some great friendships with so many photographers, and it just keeps going. The idea behind Golden Girls is to create a community of like minded eager beavers who love photography as much as we do, where we can learn together in a safe place, where it doesn't matter what level you are on.
So I'm putting it out there, IF you have received some good will from someone, Pay it Forward! Reach out to a new photographer who might be struggling! Invite someone to shoot with you. You can always invite them to check out Golden Girls, too! ;)
Or even do something that isn't necessarily photography related. Just do something to brighten someone's day!
Let's make this world a better place, a kinder place.