The gals of Studio 12

Tomorrow I will take part in Studio 12's first workshop. It's the coming together of the three of us with a few other photographers looking to jump start their photography businesses. Photography is an industry that quite frankly "eats it's young." It is fiercely competitive. We want to make a change. Community over competition!! But let me back up a minute....

I know what it is like to be on both sides of that struggle.

I remember being that eager new person trying to break in (sometimes I still feel that way... and that is OK). At first I longed for somebody to answer my questions and just point me in the right direction. I would put myself out there to find doors slammed in my face. That is frustrating.

I know what it is like to have busted my booty to finally achieve some success. To feel myself getting closer to my goals and even see some of those goals checked off my list. Now at times I feel that mama bear instinct to protect what I have worked so hard to build. I can look back and understand why many of those people were unwilling to help me. But if you are not careful it can close off your heart.

Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.
— ― Katherine Henson

There is a beauty and a strength in community. It's a place to seek guidance and a place to celebrate success with people who "get it" because they have been there too. Celebrate each others success with out questioning your own. It is powerful and contagious....