Community Over Competition
Community over competition. That’s a phrase you hear a lot these days, especially in the community of creative artists. Jose and I have had conversations about this at length. Everyone is out for profit and essentially out for themselves, right? Right. Is this wrong? Not so much. Businesses must thrive to succeed, but nowhere within that do you have to use anyone nor bring others down, lie, offer sessions free or deeply discounted to another photographer’s existing or potential clients for the sake of building your portfolio or making your financial ends meet. We see this all too often. Jose and I have been at this creative game and hustle for nine years. Fortunately, within those nine years we’ve cultivated some incredible relationships with a variety of vendors in our industry. Hard lessons that have come have been essential to appreciating the process. We’ve been used and abused but learned those people are not for us. We’ve tried making photographer friends by sending referrals, connecting on a social level, and offering our help whenever needed. But it doesn’t have to be that way creative friends.
So as you see, we’ve never connected with any other photographers, as hard as we’ve tried. But we’ve trusted in the timing of meeting these two incredibly talented photographers, Phil and Antoinette of Art Photo Soul. Sure we want to tell you we have every single thing in common with Phil and Antoinette, but that would simply be boring. Faith, drive, the love of our surroundings, and food are just a few of our commonalities. In conversation, we realize how much we have to learn from them. We were astounded at the amount of compliments and praise that we received from them as well. Oftentimes, we beat ourselves up in this industry. It was a breath of fresh air to know likeminded individuals cared and understood us in a way we felt mutual. Phil and Antoinette aren’t just the photographer friends we’ve been searching for, but rather, they are soul friends for life.