Giving is growing

I have been teaching photography & lightroom classes and workshops in my community for over two years now. I feel like I have grown so much as a photographer by sharing with others. I have had people ask me why I “give away my knowledge and undermine my business”.  I feel like the more the community knows and appreciates photography, the more it is valued. I have a lot of business referred to me by my students. Many thought photography was easy before taking my classes, but it was because their expectations were basically – snapshots. I feel like I have helped raise the bar on what they consider a great photograph. As a result many of my students have learned that sometimes the job is out of the range of their experience and send the work my way instead of naively thinking “I have a nice camera, I can do it myself.”

I also find it very exciting to see the growth of my students! I have helped some sell their images and I have several that I refer clients to when they need portraits. I know they are capable of handling the work because I taught them. 🙂

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