I don't usually repost other photographer's content, but every now and then somebody shares a piece of wisdom so valuable it needs to be shared and read by as many people as possible.
The post below was shared by JB Sallee earlier today and it couldn't be more appropriate advice, regardless of whether you're a rookie or a seasoned veteran. It's also irrelevant what your business is - JB's comments apply to any business owner.
I first met JB and DeEtte when JB won the Hy Sheanin Scholarship at WPPI fourteen years ago. Since that very first meeting there's never been a minute where I wasn't proud to call them friends. But the true fun of watching them over the years has been in the transformation from two "kids" with a dream to accomplished artists, then educators and while they grew professionally, they became pretty amazing parents.
As I've written numerous times before - the best part of this industry has nothing to do with photography, but the friendships that come out of everyone's love for the craft!
Happy Anniversary as professional photographers JB and DeEtte - the industry is stronger thanks to the path the two of you chose and I'm so proud to have been a very tiny piece of your journey!
This year we enter our 15th year as professional photographers. In those 15 years we have been through our up's and down's but a few things have kept us going and I wanted to share those with you...
1. Find a best friend to split the workload with. Thank you DeEtte for being a partner in life and a partner in this crazy business. Bouncing ideas back and forth has been my favorite part of our path together in this industry.
2. Keep your chin down, work hard and be kind to others. You never know when someone you were nice to in the past will pave your way in the future.
3. Don't listen to the critics, not everyone is going to like you. Brush it aside and be grateful for the 99.9% out there that do like you.
4. NEVER use others as stepping stones. You will get ahead faster in life if you are kind.
5. Others WILL use you as a stepping stone. Don't fight it, it is inevitable BUT remember this... Karma is a bitch! ;)
Be kind, love others and give more compliments than you think are necessary. That one extra compliment may pave the way for someone else.
by JB Sallee