Photographers United – Newport, Rhode Island Photographer
I have found in my relatively short time in business as a photographer that fellow photographers are not always the most pleasant people on the planet when it comes to business and living in the same area. There are some that don’t like to share information or even share a friendly smile for that matter.
When I moved here to Newport last summer I tried to jump in feet first in my business knowing I was only here for less than a year. I began by setting up a table at the military spouses welcome gathering last August and was admittedly deflated when I walked in and there were 2 other photographer tables within spitting distance of my own. And they had been in the area for a lot longer than I had. That ended up being the best thing that could have happened to me!
That’s when I met and started a friendship with Jennifer from Winegeart Photography. She approached me first with a huge smile and mentioned that she had already looked me up and gave me a huge compliment on my work. I felt so much more at ease and immediately knew we would be friends. She is an awesome friend and has an infectious smile and laugh to boot.
She started gathering up other photographers she knew in the area and began a Facebook page for us all to get to know each other.
Three of us live in the same neighborhood (talk about overlapping businesses!), but it’s been the opposite of competitive and has been fantastic. We all get together about once a month and talk motherhood, military, moves, photography, business and all things in between. I love it and appreciate these women so much.
Collette of Beautiful Contrasts is super mom and is an amazing teacher full of information. She also shares my woes of Newport military housing living, especially in the winter 🙂
Somehow I did not get a photo of Sarah of Sarah Straus Photography by herself (how did that even happen?!), but did get one of these ladies chatting it up on our early morning out together. She and I both came from Japan to Newport and enjoy all things traveling too. She is so sweet and on those really down winter days, I appreciate her upbeat attitude she brings!
Sarah also wrote up a great blog post about our morning that you can find HERE
We all ventured out last Saturday to catch the sunrise over Castle Hill Lighthouse. Yes, it was early and yes, it was VERY, VERY COLD!! Had it not been for them I would never have gone out there that early on my own!
I have said it before, but it can never be said enough. I appreciate that we all build each other up rather than compete and worry about who has more clients, more great locations, etc. Women take too much time to judge and tear one another down rather than see that there is a story behind everyone and a struggle that everyone deals with in their lives. That one gesture from Jennifer that included a smile and a “welcome” turned me from deflated to elated. That’s all it takes. A smile. A small gesture of acceptance and giving to build someone up.
I will always appreciate that and take that with me to each of our next locations.
Just smile and say “I’m glad you’re here”.