I’ve had an idea brewing for months but just wasn’t sure what to actually do with it.
In the past few years that I’ve become more involved in the Senior portrait aspect of photography, and more involved in photography education in general, I’ve noticed that there is a real lack of education and inspiration focusing on the Senior Guys. And you know what I think? It stinks.
I mean, the guys deserve some photo love too!
I’ve found that most photographers are intimidated to photograph guys…whether they don’t know how to interact with them…don’t understand how to pose them without looking cheesy….or just don’t give them the same attention as they give to the girl sessions.
So I starting daydreaming…and night dreaming…and wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could bring more attention to the guy sessions and encourage photographers to elevate their skills to provide great portraits for guys. I knew I would have to start some sort of forum or site that would attract the photographers, and then I would have to post fantastic content with ideas, tips, recommendations, and anything else that would help them reach the guy market better.
In reality, I would have to do a whole ton of work, for no additional money, to help other photographers gain more clients. Hmmmm….something about that doesn’t sound quite reasonable for a busy momma of 4 that’s already working her tail off trying to gain more clients for HER OWN business.
I just couldn’t let it go. I researched what it would take to add a new website to my existing website and tried to figure out how I would spread the word to let the photographers know this inspiration would now be available. It seemed like a daunting task to take this challenge on all by myself, knowing I didn’t really have the time to donate. But I knew that it was so necessary to bring some education on this topic, and nobody else was addressing it!
I went back and forth for months trying to figure out how I would do this. I talked myself into, and out of it, over and over again. If you’ve ever spearheaded a huge volunteer project, all by your lonesome, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a big deal because our time is extremely valuable in our lives today.
I prayed for direction on this idea but hadn’t gotten any clear answers. Honestly, I was getting a little discouraged because I just didn’t see how I was going to be able to start from scratch a brand new site and reach an audience to truly offer what little knowledge I had to share.
Then something amazing happened. I was rejected.
Stay with me here, I promise I can explain how that was a good thing…I had applied to be a featured writer at a site that I admired greatly. I got an email from them saying they had chosen someone else…BUT…she appreciated my style and hoped I could be a part of their organization. And then came the amazing part…she asked if I had any ideas.
Ummmm YES!! I have an idea!!
Senior Style Guide is a premier site & magazine that educates and inspires Senior photographers. They have a huge audience and a fabulous site and I’m beyond humbled that they’ve included me as a part of their team. I’m more amazed that they have embraced my idea and are providing me an outstanding platform to share my knowledge. I feel like I’m not alone in my mission anymore to bring a spotlight to the guys, and I can hit the ground running.
But not only is it to help bring in the clients, I want to make sure that once the guys are there, they can receive fabulous portraits from confident professionals. I LOVE photographing the guys, and I’m excited to share with others what I’ve found has helped me in that market. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I’m thrilled to start the conversations on these topics and get the guys some photo love.
So there ya have it, the story of how my baby was born. If you’re a fellow photographer I hope you’ll join me at SENIOR GUY STYLE and share the journey with me this year.
If you’re not a photographer, then this is probably a lot of blah blah blah that you may not understand. But possibly you’ve been in a situation yourself where you had an idea brewing and just wasn’t sure where to go with it. Maybe this will encourage you to reach out to other people or businesses that may have a common goal. You never know what can happen!
You can check out the launch of SENIOR GUY STYLE by clicking HERE!
I’ll be posting every other Wednesday, but I’m very active in the forum over there. So if you have any questions or ideas be sure to leave a comment anywhere I’m at! I’d love to hear from you!