I wanted to do a quick post on my reasoning for this new online network for pet photographers.
I’m super excited at the responses I have gotten thus far and am really impressed with the caliber of photographers. While all of them have been really positive, I know there will be naysayers to come. I’m just waiting for them. People who don’t trust me for whatever reason, who think I’m just doing this to promote my own agenda, that I will sucker people in under the guise of ‘free’ and then start charging them money. That I will splash advertisements about my workshops all over the forum, that I’ll manipulate people in some way to think or feel something or pay me money.
To those I say this:
Every day I get emails from pet photographers around the world. They are hungry. Hungry for information. Hungry to connect. Hungry for community. I want to help them. Genuinely help them. Not with any financial motivation involved. My driving force in life is to help others, often at the expense of my own needs. Those who know me well know this about me. I am generous to a fault, a trait I get from my parents.
I truly, deeply, passionately want to see others succeed at something that fills them with joy. There is too much misery in life. Especially when it comes to work. We pour our lives into our work. We should be getting so much more back.
I want this new network to be a community, run *by* a community, *for* a community. I have no desire to push my own agenda down people’s throats. I will never be the kind of photographer who takes advantage of others. I have no intention of ever charging money for this, even though it’s a tremendous amount of (unpaid) work for me. I’m ok with that because I really hope, and believe, this will help a lot of people.
In fact, I was so giddy with excitement at the emails rolling into my inbox today from potential members I did a little dance around my house. (And Fergie got all excited too, even though she didn’t know what about). The thought that like-minded people not just in the US, but around the *world* could come together and share, honestly makes me tear up like it is right now. THAT is why I did this.
So to the naysayers I say: be untrusting, be catty, be negative, and be all of that on another forum.
Helper of pet photographers everywhere