Being an entrepreneur is not as glamorous as people make it out to be. It is hard work and exhausting. There are days when I want to ram my head into the wall. Those days often in me questioning “Why did I even start this business if all I am going to be is frustrated and disappointed?”
These are the days I need to remember why I even started this business in the first place. I need to go to the place of inspiration and all the hopes and dreams. I wanted to share these reasons with you to give you a glimpse into my life. Here are the “why’s” for what I do what I do.
Why did I choose to start this business?
To make someone else (my clients) happy. To give someone a smile when they opened their packages of photos to hang on their wall. To grant them memories that they can hold onto forever.
I chose to start this business just on a thought that I was good enough to someone. And honestly that was enough. I had just graduated from college a few months earlier, and I had applied to SO many jobs in photojournalism and I made it very obvious that I wanted a certain job.
It was a very difficult time for me, because I felt like a failure. I just spent four years of college in a major that didn’t “do anything for me.” It didn’t land me a job. It made me very frustrated. So I decided if I couldn’t find a job for me, I would make one for me.
Why did I think photography was a good idea?
Ever since I was little, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I may not be the best and am constantly critiquing myself, but I knew I could do it for someone.
I know this is a VERY saturated market, but I thought I could stand out from the rest of them. Sometimes it feels like I don’t still. But to someone, I do.
It is something I feel confident in. It’s something I felt very proud to put my name on. I have been doing photography for a while and it never occurred to me to start a business in that field. There was just something telling me I should.
Why do I continue to be in this saturated business?
I love making people happy. I love the look on their face when they see their photographs. Seeing everyone happy makes me happy. I’ve even been told that there is a smile on my face when I am taking the photographs. It reminds me that I really do love what I do. It is hard, but what in life isn’t? Nothing great in life comes easy.
It gives me so much joy when I am seeing the photos on my camera screen and going to my computer and editing and then delivering it to my clients. And it still makes me giddy when clients say they love my work. It’s those moments that make me do what I am doing because they boost my confidence each and every time I have a session.
When I get down in the dumps, or it gets hard, or something doesn’t go the way I wanted I need to constantly remind myself “my whys.” You are the reason I keep going each and every day. It is someone like you that makes it all worth it. So thank you for everything you do.